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May 23, 2014   Detroit Free Press

FORD 2015 F-150 HAS TRUCKLOAD OF PATENTS

Ford's 2015 F-150 has more technology patents than any Ford truck ever.

Reflecting the innovation necessary to switch to an all-aluminum body, the truck will weigh about 700 pounds less than the 2014 model it replaces.

Better fuel efficiency - one result of the aluminum body in its best-selling U.S. product -will go a long way in helping Ford meet tougher government fuel economy standards.

The new truck has more than 100 new patents approved or pending for technologies ranging from heat treating the aluminum alloy to a remote-controlled tailgate release.

For context, Ford accumulated about 500 patents on its hybrid technology over the years, including 200 on the power-split technology in the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.

"The all-new F-150 is loaded with innovation," said Alana Strager, the program analysttracking innovations for the 2015 truck. "Ford engineers have filed more than 100 new patents for technologies to redefine the light-duty pickup for the next generation." 

May 1, 2014
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Ford F-Series Posts Best April Since 2006,

Explorer Has Best April Sales Since 2005


-America's best-selling truck for 37 years, Ford F-Series has its best April U.S. sales since 2006


-Ford Explorer, America's best-selling midsize utility, posts its best April sales results since 2005


-Ford Motor Company U.S. sales of 211,126 vehicles for April decline 1 percent compared with last year; retail sales total 141,950 vehicles, off 1 percent


Ford Motor Company total U.S. sales of 211,126 vehicles last month declined 1 percent from a year ago. Retail sales of 141,950 vehicles are off 1 percent compared with a year ago. Commercial and government fleet sales were up 16 and 21 percent, respectively, while daily rental sales declined 24 percent.


"F-Series and Explorer showed considerable strength in April, posting their best results in almost a decade," said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. "We also saw another breakout month for Fusion, with continued strength in the Western region. Overall, industry sales continued the rebound from January and February and are on a path of steady growth."


Explorer had its best April sales performance since 2005 with 16,629 vehicles sold, an increase of 17 percent, as America's best-selling midsize utility.

Ford reports 1st Quarter Profits

Ford Motor Co. (F) reported a 15% increase in its first-quarter profit as a record performance in the company's North American division offset softness in other regions around the world.

The results highlight how Ford's moves in the U.S. over the past 18 months to expand its car portfolio, refresh its F-series pickup-truck line in a recovering economy and rein in incentives are paying off. Ford's global revenues and vehicle deliveries both rose about 10% in the quarter compared to a year ago.

Ford earned $2.44 billion in pretax profit in North America during the first three months of the year--a record quarterly high since the company began reporting North America results in 2000. Ford was able to charge more for its vehicles and gained market share, driving up profits.

Net income was $1.61 billion, or 40 cents a share, compared with $1.4 billion, or 35 cents a share, in the first quarter of 2012. Excluding one-time items, the company generated 41 cents a share, beating analyst estimates of 37 cents a share. Revenue rose to $35.8 billion.


Mar 10, 2014 | Dearborn, Mich.

Ford Increases Virtual Crash Computing Power, Helping to Ensure Customer Safety


To facilitate growing demands for virtual crash test data, Ford is increasing its investment in computing power an additional 50 percent this year.

The technology investment will allow Ford to more quickly conduct virtual crash tests - some of which can take up to a full day to run - while also collecting more data. More than 2 million crash test simulations have been run over the past 10 years. The use of advanced computer crash test models also allows Ford safety teams to more quickly evaluate and verify a variety of designs.


Ford recently performed its 20,000 full-vehicle crash test at the Dearborn, Mich., development center. Physical crash tests, combined with virtual crash testing, allow Ford to gather more safety data faster than ever before. The work helps to ensure Ford vehicles meet or exceed industry safety standards in the global markets in which they are sold.


Ford's first crash test was performed in 1954. It took 40 years to do the first 10,000 full-body crash tests and only 20 years for the second 10,000 at the facility in Michigan. Globally, Ford has completed more than 31,000 physical crash tests at labs located in Dearborn, Mich., Merkenich, Germany; Geelong, Australia; and Tatui, Brazil.

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