Edmunds: The Best Hybrid Pickup Trucks in 2022
As with other hybrid vehicles, these trucks have a gasoline-powered engine that’s augmented with electric motors and a battery to help improve fuel economy. The experts at Edmunds round up all four hybrid trucks that are on sale today to help you decide which one is the better buy. PowerBoost is the name given to the first-ever F-150 hybrid engine, and rightly so.news.yahoo.com
Ford promises to ‘change the way America works’ with electric F-150 pickup
Ford’s F-Series pickup has been America’s best-selling vehicle for a 40 straight years. Production of the F-150 Lightning pickup was celebrated on Tuesday by Ford and UAW employees and customers at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn. Now we’re the first company to build electric trucks for everybody.”Nearly a year after the electric pickup was unveiled, production has officially started. Related: Ford ramps up production of electric F-150 due to ‘unprecedented customer interest’Considering how popular the F-Series is among drivers the buzz around electric makes sense. “If you’ve been an F-150 owner for years, you’ve never experienced anything like lightning,” Ford said.mlive.com
Ford recalls 650K trucks for faulty windshield wipers after 754 reports
DETROIT – Ford is recalling 650,000 pickup trucks and SUVs because of faulty windshield wipers prone to breaking, The Associated Press reports. As of Feb. 25, the company had received 754 reports of the wiper arms malfunctioning. The recall includes some F-150 trucks, plus Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from model years 2020 and 2021, the report said. The malfunctioning wiper arms can reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash, documents say. Both front windshield wiper arms will be replaced by dealerships, the report said.mlive.com
Ford recalls over 650K trucks; windshield wipers can fail
Ford is recalling more than 650,000 pickup trucks and big SUVs in the U.S. because the windshield wipers can break and fail. Ford's F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. Documents say malfunctioning wiper arms can reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash.news.yahoo.com
Ford ramps up production of electric F-150 due to ‘unprecedented customer interest’
The first group of reservation holders will be invited to place their orders for the F-150 Lightning this week. Ford says more than 75% of reservation holders for the Lightning new to the Ford brand. Ford has a task force of employees from manufacturing, purchasing, strategy, product development and capacity planning working to expand production of the pickup. “The pride and quality UAW members are putting into building the iconic Ford F-150 Lightning is evident in the high pre-production demand for the new F-150 Lightning truck,” said Chuck Browning, UAW vice president. Ford is investing more than $30 billion in electric vehicles through 2025.mlive.com
Your guide to the 2021 Motor Bella auto show in Pontiac
PONTIAC, MI -- The North American International Auto Show has reinvented itself into Motor Bella, and moved the event from downtown Detroit to Pontiac in 2021. Motor Bella is hosting “Cars for a Cause,” a charitable vehicle giveaway. The Motor Bella show will be open from Sept. 23 through Sept. 26.Provided by MBE GroupWhat to rideThere are several opportunities at Motor Bella to ride in a variety of vehicles. Ford and Audi are also doing test drives onto Woodward Avenue, which runs parallel to the Motor Bella grounds. “One of the unique aspects of Motor Bella being at the M1 Concourse is the opportunity to build a large-scale off-road track for ride-alongs,” Rod Alberts, Detroit Auto Dealers Association executive director, said in a statement.mlive.com
Ford slashes vehicle production at six plants in North America due to chip shortage
Ford Motor is significantly cutting production at six plants in North America due to an ongoing global shortage of semiconductor chips, including facilities that produce highly profitable pickup trucks. The impacted plants are in Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ontario, Canada. They produce an array of products – from F-150 pickups and vans to the Ford Explorer SUV and Ford Escape crossover. Ford also is canceling overtime shifts at the plant the weeks of April 26, May 10, May 31 and June 21. Overtime shifts at the plant are being terminated for eight weeks through most of June.cnbc.com
Semiconductor stocks surge even during chipmaker shortage, but the charts hold a warning
Ford announced plans last week to temporarily idle production of its F-150 at a Michigan plant, and Chinese EV start-up Nio announced a five-day shutdown of a factory. These automakers joined a growing list of companies halting production, including GM and Jeep automaker Stellantis. The semiconductor stocks are rallying undeterred, though. The SMH semiconductor ETF has gained nearly 11% this year, almost double the gains on the broader S&P 500. A head-and-shoulders pattern – formed by a high, a higher high and a lower high – suggests a failed attempt to break out and indicates possible downside ahead.cnbc.com
Chip Shortage Forces Ford To Build Trucks Without Computers
DETROIT (AP) — A global semiconductor shortage and a February winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. The move is the latest ripple from the global semiconductor shortage, which earlier this week forced Honda and Toyota to announce production cuts at some North American factories. General Motors also has been forced to build pickups without some computers and install them later. Automakers have said they don’t expect the chip shortage to get any better before the third quarter of the year. Also Thursday, Nissan announced it would temporarily cancel production at factories in Smyrna, Tennessee; Canton, Mississippi; and in Aguascalientes, Mexico, due to the chip shortage.detroit.cbslocal.com
Chip shortage forces Ford to build trucks without computers
A global semiconductor shortage and a February 2021 winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DETROIT – A global semiconductor shortage and a February winter storm have combined to force Ford to build F-150 pickup trucks without some computers. The move is the latest ripple from the global semiconductor shortage, which earlier this week forced Honda and Toyota to announce production cuts at some North American factories. General Motors also has been forced to build pickups without some computers and install them later. AdAutomakers have said they don't expect the chip shortage to get any better before the third quarter of the year.
Ford cutting shifts, partially building F-150 pickups and Edge SUVs due to chip shortage
Ford Motor on Thursday said the global shortage of semiconductor chips and winter storms impacting the availability of other parts in the U.S. are causing it to cancel shifts at two plants and build F-150 pickups and Edge SUVs without certain parts. The automaker plans to complete building the F-150 and Edge models in "a number of weeks" when the parts, including some electronic components with semiconductors, are available. The number of vehicles impacted is expected to be "in the thousands," according to a Ford spokeswoman. The production cancellations include three shifts through Friday at a plant in Kentucky that produces Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair crossovers. Ford also confirmed downtime earlier this month as well as a day next week at a plant in Germany that produces the Ford Fiesta car, which is no longer sold in the U.S.cnbc.com
Ford to cut back F-150 production due to chip shortage
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it will cut shifts at two of its U.S. manufacturing plants next week, due to the worldwide chip shortage that has also impacted other automakers. Starting Monday, Ford will cut two shifts at its Dearborn, Michigan, facility, going down to one shift per day. AdFord isn't alone in cutting back production due to the shortage of chips needed to produce cars. General Motors will have downtime at three of its factories — one in the U.S, one in Canada and one in Mexico — due to the chip shortage, starting Feb. 8. Other automakers like Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota have also been impacted by the chip shortage.
Ford boosts investment in electric and autonomous vehicles to $29 billion through 2025
Greg Baker| AFP | Getty ImagesDETROIT — Ford Motor plans to invest $29 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles through 2025, the company announced Thursday when it reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. Ford said its plans include $7 billion in self-driving vehicles and $22 billion in electrified vehicles, up from $11.5 billion through 2022. The company is including previous investments of roughly $7 billion since 2016, bringing Ford's new investment commitment to $10.5 billion through 2025. Adjusted EPS : 34 cents versus an expected loss of 7 cents: 34 cents versus an expected loss of 7 cents Revenue: $33.2 billion versus $33.89 billion expected Shares of Ford jumped by as much as 4% during after-hours trading Thursday before leveling off to about $11.40, up less than 1%. That doesn't factor in a global shortage in semiconductor chips that he said could lower Ford's earnings by $1 billion to $2.5 billion this year.cnbc.com
LIVE REVEAL: Ford to debut 2021 F-150 Raptor pickup truck
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JANUARY 09: Ford Ranger Raptor performance pick-up truck on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Ford Raptor is the name used by the high-performance variants of the Ford F-150 and Ford Ranger pick up trucks. (Photo by Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images)Ford is set to unveil its 2021 F-150 Raptor pickup truck on Wednesday during a live streaming event. The live reveal is scheduled for 11 a.m. -- you can watch it in the video player below:“In 2009, we revealed an off-road icon when we introduced the racing-inspired F-150 Raptor. On February 3, we’ll evolve that icon again, unleashing our ultimate high-performance, off-road pickup: the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor.”
US probes complaints that Ford tailgate recall didn’t work
FILE - This Feb. 14, 2019 file photo shows the Ford logo on the front grill of a 2019 Ford Explorer on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that a Ford pickup truck tailgate recall didn’t fix the problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 11 complaints that a recall of power tailgates on 300,000 Super Duty pickups failed to rectify the issue. The agency says it also has received reports from Ford about unintended tailgate openings after the recall repairs were made. Ford recalled the F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks in 2019 because the power tailgates could open while being driven.
Ford's U.S. sales fell 15.6% in 2020 due to Covid and F-150 availability
U.S. auto sales for Ford Motor fell 15.6% last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a decline in commercial fleet sales and tight inventories of its F-150 pickup trucks. Sales of the popular full-size pickup tumbled by about 33% in the fourth quarter from the same time last year, the automaker reported Wednesday. He said inventories of the F-150 were 141,000 units to end last year, down from 267,000 a year earlier. Ford's 2020 sales decline is expected to be in line with the overall U.S. automotive industry, which is projected to be off by about 15% to 14.5 million vehicles. It also ends an unprecedented five-year streak of sales topping 17 million units.cnbc.com
Ford's November sales down 21% due to F-150 pickup supply and production
Tight inventory levels of Ford Motor's F-150 pickup due to pandemic-related plant shutdowns earlier this year and production starting for a redesigned model led to a 20.9% decrease in the automaker's sales in November, the company said Wednesday. The Detroit automaker reported sales of the popular full-size pickup were nearly cut in half – down 45.9% – compared with November 2019. That includes a 27.2% decrease in sales of its F-Series pickups, including the F-150 and other larger variants of the vehicle. Plants were forced to close for roughly two months during the second quarter during the first surge of Covid-19 cases. Automakers have been running plants that produce the vehicles nearly around the clock to refill dealer inventories.cnbc.com
Ford really needs its F-150 pickup to stay on top
Ford is beginning production on the latest version of its F-150 full-size pickup truck, which is the bestselling vehicle in the United States and a crucial product for the automaker. Ford's F-Series lineup of full-size trucks is the industry's leading truck brand, and the F-150 makes up the lion's share of sales. As of Oct. 15, Ford shares had fallen about 18% since the start of the year. The truck is also the first pickup to offer over-the-air software updates, allowing Ford to make changes to the vehicle remotely. But the F-150 remains Ford's crown jewel, and it needs that truck now more than ever.cnbc.com
New Ford CEO Farley announces operational restructuring and executive shakeup
Incoming Ford CEO Jim Farley (left) and Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. pose with a 2021 F-150 during an event Sept. 17, 2020 at the company's Michigan plant that produces the pickup. Ford Motor's new CEO Jim Farley is shaking up the company's top ranks and restructuring operations as the automaker struggles to bolster shareholder confidence and stay relevant in an increasingly competitive market. Farley, who succeeds Jim Hackett, is streamlining operations and increasing the company's focus on key growth areas like autonomous and electric technologies as well as commercial vehicles. For years, the company has failed to gain Wall Street's confidence in its business operations, including an $11 billion restructuring plan orchestrated by Hackett. Ford shares slid 40% under Hackett, who succeeded longtime Ford executive Mark Fields as CEO in May 2017.cnbc.com
Ford announces plan to build $700 million electric truck factory in Dearborn
DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company unveiled a plan Thursday to create 300 jobs and build a $700 million electric truck plant at Dearborn’s Rouge complex. The new Ford F-150 is expected to fund the electric F-150 and the plant where they build it, and a new plant is just what the Michigan economy ordered. “Today, I’m pleased to announce the new Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, which is under construction,” Ford Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr. said. Guidehouse insights auto analyst Sam Abuelsamid said the electric F-150 comes with another huge difference. “The electric F-150 will have 40% lower total costs of ownership over its lifespan, and that includes when you factor in the price of the vehicle service and fuel,” Abuelsamid said.
Ford to build electric truck center in Dearborn, add 300 jobs
DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The new plant -- called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center -- is being built at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November. This short video shows an animation of the center construction:“We are proud today to announce for our Ford UAW members and our nation that Ford is building this new plant to assemble the truck of the future -- a battery electric Ford F-150," reads a statement from United Auto Workers (UAW) Ford Vice President Gerald Kariem. Ford says the new electric truck will go on sale in mid-2022. Here’s some bonus video from Ford showing the all-electric F-150 prototype testing:
Video shows Rouge Electric Vehicle Center construction animation
Video shows Rouge Electric Vehicle Center construction animationPublished: September 17, 2020, 11:27 amThe new plant -- called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center -- is being built at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Sept. 17, 2020
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon (watch the episode above). Ford to build electric truck center in Dearborn, add 300 jobsFord says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The new plant -- called the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center -- is being built at the Ford Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November.
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Ford to resume full production Monday -- two weeks earlier than planned
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. Ford Motor Company announced it will return to full production Monday, which is two weeks earlier than planned. Its been more than three months since Ford has operated at full capacity. That process appears to be moving along as Ford brings back laid off third-shift employees at several plants. Dealers are screaming for vehicles, especially trucks and sport utility vehicles, Krebs said. Earlier this week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she expected GM to be at full manufacturing capacity by the end of the month.
Ford recalls more than 200K F-150 trucks for headlamp issue
DETROIT – Ford has issued three separate recalls involving F-150 trucks, with the biggest related to a headlamp issue. Here’s the info from Ford Motor Company:Safety compliance recall for select 2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles with LED headlampsFord is issuing a safety compliance recall for select 2018-20 Ford F-150 vehicles with LED headlamps. Safety recall for select 2015-16 Ford F-150 vehicles for engine block heater cableFord is issuing a safety recall for select 2015-16 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with engine heater elements and 3.5-liter GTDI engines. Dealers will inspect the block heater and cable and repair or replace as necessary. Safety recall for select 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty and 2021 Ford E-Series vehiclesFord Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty and 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles.
Ford recalls 550K vehicles for seat strength problem
William Walker via CNNDETROIT - Ford is recalling more than 550,000 trucks and SUVs in North America because seat backs may not properly restrain people in a crash. The recall covers certain 2018 through 2020 F-150 pickups, 2019 and 2020 Super Duty trucks, 2018 and 2019 Explorer SUVs, and 2019 and 2020 Expedition SUVs. Also included are some 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs with rear seats with manual seat-back mechanisms. Ford says the trucks may not have a third pawl needed for seat strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Dealers will inspect seat structures and replace them if needed.
Ford targets Tesla with its new electric truck claim
DETROIT Ford is going on the offensive to defend its highly profitable pickup franchise from emerging all-electric truck competitors such as Tesla. A month after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company's planned electric pickup would "be a better truck than an F-150 in terms of truck-like capability" during a podcast, Ford on Tuesday released a video of an all-electric F-150 pickup prototype truck towing 1.25 million pounds of double-decker rail cars carrying 42 F-150 pickups. However, Ford was quick to disclose that the video is a demonstration of capability and "far beyond any production truck's published capacity." Releasing such a video is an uncommon practice for Ford, which traditionally wouldn't publicize much, if anything, about a vehicle that remains years away from production. It shows the importance Ford has on retaining its sales leadership with the F-Series, even for all-electric trucks, according to Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at by moCox Automotive.cnbc.com