NATO restricts HQ access for Belarus officials
The NATO military alliance is restricting access to its headquarters for a group of Belarus officials in the wake of Minsk’s decision to divert a Ryanair passenger plane to arrest a dissident journalist earlier this month. “We have decided to restrict the access of Belarusian personnel to the NATO headquarters based on our assessment of security measures at the headquarters,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Monday.news.yahoo.com
Fiat Chrysler recalls big Ram trucks; wheels could fall off
Fiat Chrysler said Friday that it is recalling more than a half-million heavy-duty Ram trucks to fix a problem that can cause the wheels to fall off. The trucks have dual rear wheels and flanged lug nuts. Fiat Chrysler, now owned by Stellantis, said some service and owner's manuals had the wrong torque specifications for tightening the lug nuts that hold the wheels to the hubs.news.yahoo.com
Ford: Electric vehicles to be 40% of global sales by 2030
Ford expects 40% of its global sales to be battery-electric vehicles by 2030 as it adds billions to what it's spending to develop them. Under former CEO Jim Hackett, Ford was criticized by analysts for moving too slowly on its turnaround and future vehicle plans. “Today is show, not tell time, for the Ford team,” Farley said at the start of the presentation.news.yahoo.com
Ford CEO: Electric vehicle demand will transform industry
A new electric version of Ford's immensely popular F-150 pickup truck might just be the catalyst that hastens America's transition from gasoline to battery-powered vehicles. Jim Farley, the company's new CEO, calls the introduction of an electric version of the nation's top-selling vehicle a watershed moment for Ford as well as for the auto industry. The new truck, called the F-150 Lightning and due in showrooms by next spring, will be able to travel up to 300 miles (480 kilometers) per battery charge and tow up to 10,000 pounds (4,500 kilograms) .news.yahoo.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.
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.
Flashpoint 12/6/20: Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist discusses findings of study on COVID and minorities
DETROIT – The second surge of the coronavirus is leaving many asking for help from lawmakers in Washington. Garlin Gilchrist which this week released findings on a new study of the virus. Gilchrist was on Flashpoint Sunday and discussed findings of the study. Segment OneMichigan Democratic congresswoman, Elissa SlotkinSegment TwoMichigan Republican congressman, Paul MitchellSegment ThreeLt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist
Flashpoint 11/29/20: New Ford CEO talks taking over amid global health crisis, major industry shift
DETROIT – For many, the coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time -- separating loved ones from one another, causing job loss and health scares. For Detroiter Jim Farley, the pandemic has also signaled a significant change in his life: replacing Jim Hackett as CEO of Ford Motor Company. On Sunday, we talked with Farley about what it means for him to take over as CEO in the middle of a worldwide health crisis and a seismic shift in the mobility world. We also talked with leaders of local food banks and how they’re faring amid the pandemic, which has caused food insecurity for many Metro Detroit families. Segment OneNew Ford Motor Company CEO Jim FarleySegment TwoKirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest; Gerry Brisson, President and CEO of Gleaners Community Food Bank
Watch Live: Heroes for HOPE Virtual Awards Breakfast
DETROIT – Focus: HOPE’s annual Heroes for HOPE event recognizes community leaders dedicated to social justice through passionate commitment to work reflecting our mission of intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty & injustice, while supporting the organization’s efforts to provide paths forward for many metro Detroiters. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, Focus: HOPE has moved operations to a virtual setting. “As Focus: HOPE has adjusted operations to continue serving our community through the pandemic and social unrest, we have also found new ways to celebrate the generous support of our community, and all we have been able to accomplish together in 2020.”This year, their two signature events – Heroes for HOPE and Eleanor’s March 4 HOPE – will be completely virtual, with the culminating celebrations taking place during the second weekend of October. Watch the Heroes for HOPE Virtual Awards Breakfast on Oct. 9 at 7 a.m. right here on ClickOnDetroit. (Check back for the video player)The celebration includes a conversation with Corporate Legacy Award Honoree Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company interviewed by WDIV-Local 4 Anchor, Devin Scillian“It is our hope that, by bringing community members together through the Weekend of HOPE, we will be able to celebrate, reflect, and move forward together through action to support real, positive change in Southeast Michigan and beyond.”Awardees include:Father Cunningham & Eleanor Josaitis Award Dwane CaseyCoach, Detroit PistonsVisionary Award United Way for Southeastern MichiganAccepted by Dr. Darienne Driver Hudson, CEOLloyd E. Reuss Corporate Leadership AwardJim TobinExecutive Vice President, Magna InternationalMore info on the Eleanor’s Virtual March 4 HOPE can be found here.
New Ford CEO replaces CFO, pledges stronger profit margins
He'll be replaced by John Lawler, a 30-year company veteran who has been running autonomous vehicle operations. It also plans to offer more electric vehicles around the globe including a Transit van and F-150 pickups. Ford also plans to add more affordable electric vehicles to its lineup. Reid said Argo software and autonomous vehicle technology would go to other Ford units, including programs to help businesses with logistics. It was pushed into the black by a $3.5 billion accounting gain on the value of its autonomous vehicle operation.
Jim Hackett to retire, COO Jim Farley to take over as president, CEO of Ford
DETROIT Jim Hackett is retiring as president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, and current COO Jim Farley will take his place, the company announced Tuesday. Jim Hackett has laid the foundation for a really vibrant future and we have made tremendous progress in the past three years. I am very grateful to Jim Hackett for all he has done to modernize Ford and prepare us to compete and win in the future, said Bill Ford, Fords executive chairman. My goal when I took on the CEO role was to prepare Ford to win in the future, Hackett said. He is also a change agent with a deep understanding of how to lead Ford in this new era defined by smart vehicles in a smart world.
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- August 4, 2020
Michigan Primary Election 2020 is today: What you need to knowVoters who havent already voted by mail will head to local voting precincts today to cast their votes in important local races across Southeast Michigan. Spike in COVID-19 cases linked to grad parties in Oakland CountyThe health department says the rising number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the South Lyon area can be traced to summer parties -- specifically graduation and prom parties. There have been 50 new cases in South Lyon alone, which is a rate of 15 cases per 10,000 people. Michigan Secretary of State addresses concerns ahead of primary electionThe Michigan Primary Election is a major test as residents look forward to the general election in November. Michigans Secretary of State said her team is ready for Tuesdays primary election, but she admitted there will be some challenges.
Photos: Ford unveils design of new Bronco Family'
DEARBORN, Mich. Ford Motor Company is unveiling the new design of the 2021 Bronco at 8 p.m. on Monday. Pre-production 2021 Bronco two-door SUV takes its rugged off-road design cues from the first-generation Bronco, the iconic 4x4 that inspired generations of fans. (Ford Motor Company)When properly equipped, Bronco Sport Badlands models can tow up to 2,200 pounds. (Pre-production model pictured.) (Ford Motor Company)Officials say production will begin early in 2021 and the first models will be available at Ford dealerships in the spring.
Ford COO sees three-shift days at some plants as production ramps up
DETROIT Ford expects to have its U.S. factories humming at pre-coronavirus levels by July 6. Many plants reopened working two shifts and have since added production with workers on overtime. He said the company plans to go to three shifts per day at some plants. Ford and the rest of the U.S. auto industry closed factories in mid-March when employees started catching the coronavirus. Ford initially had trouble restarting in Chicago and Dearborn, Michigan, due to employees testing positive for the virus or due to parts shortages.