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« on: November 19, 2009, 01:04:27 PM »
Chrysler to import Transit Connect-rivaling, Ram-badged Fiat Doblo
17 November 2009, 9:39 am

Chrysler will dip directly into Fiat’s European product lineup by importing the quirky, yet highly utilitarian, Fiat Doblo van. Set to rival the recently-introduced Ford Transit Connect, which essentially recreated the small commercial van market in the United States, the Fiat will be sold under the Ram brand name.  It’s unclear if the van [...]

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Rumor: Ford to sell Volvo by February 8 for $1.8b
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 06:00:37 AM »
Rumor: Ford to sell Volvo by February 8 for $1.8b
25 January 2010, 3:13 pm

Although last week’s reports out of Sweden and Dearborn, Michigan, indicated that Ford and Geely were struggling to come to terms over the proposed sale of Volvo, a report today suggests that things are moving more smoothly towards the sale.The Chinese automaker will reportedly pay $1.8 billion for Volvo by a February 8 target date, [...]

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Ford to build 2011 Explorer at Chicago plant
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010, 06:01:16 AM »
Ford to build 2011 Explorer at Chicago plant
26 January 2010, 10:51 am

Confirming what we have already expected for months, Ford announced on Tuesday that it will produce its next-generation Explorer SUV at the company’s Chicago Assembly Plant.  Ford made the announcement at a press conference held by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.The decision to build the Ford Explorer at the Chicago Assembly plant will generate 1,200 [...]

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Leaked: Ken Block’s Monster rally Fiesta [Images + Video]
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010, 06:01:01 AM »
Leaked: Ken Block’s Monster rally Fiesta [Images + Video]
26 January 2010, 1:24 pm

Leftlane already brought the news that stunt driver and internet phenom Ken Block would be leaving Subaru for Ford – but now we have obtained some leaked images of his all-new Fiesta rally car. Continuing his traditions of sponsorship, the latest rally car is sporting plenty of Monster, Ford and DC Shoes mentions amongst a [...]

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2010 World Car of the Year nominees announced
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2010, 06:01:44 AM »
2010 World Car of the Year nominees announced
5 February 2010, 11:38 am

Finalists for the annual World Car of the Year award, which will be presented in March at the New York International Auto Show, have been announced. Last year’s overall winner, the Volkswagen Golf, beat out semi-finalists Ford Fiesta and Toyota iQ.The awards are voted on by 59 automotive writers from 23 countries. The three categories [...]

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Exclusive: Leftlane interviews creator of Ford’s Fiesta Movement
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2010, 06:01:04 AM »
Exclusive: Leftlane interviews creator of Ford’s Fiesta Movement
5 March 2010, 3:29 am

Ford turned the traditional approach to product launches on its head when it unveiled the Fiesta Movement in April of last year. Nearly one year later, Ford is continuing where it left off by launching Fiesta Movement Chapter 2, and Leftlane had the opportunity to speak in length with the mastermind behind the Fiesta Movement [...]

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Ford’s Fiesta Movement Chapter Two kicks off
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2010, 06:00:23 AM »
Ford’s Fiesta Movement Chapter Two kicks off
5 March 2010, 4:02 am

Ford has officially restarted its social media engine with the launch of its second chapter of the Fiesta Movement. This time around Ford turned to 20 teams of two agents to help manage, direct and inspire product launch advertising in each of 16 major cities across the U.S.Ford’s original Fiesta Movement was a social media [...]

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2011 Ford Explorer brings 285 jobs to Lear
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2010, 06:00:14 AM »
2011 Ford Explorer brings 285 jobs to Lear
5 March 2010, 2:29 pm

As production nears for the upcoming 2011 Ford Explorer, news of plant upgrades and new jobs continues to flow. The latest positive news for the struggling job market comes as Lear Corp. said it will hire an additional 285 workers in order to help produce seats for the next Ford Explorer.The 2011 Ford Explorer marks [...]

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First Drive: 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty [Review]
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 06:02:16 AM »
First Drive: 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty [Review]
9 March 2010, 12:00 pm

If you name your star vehicle, and perhaps your biggest profit maker, a Super Duty truck, you’d better be able to “bring it” when the chips are down. With a renewed vigor in the Dodge Ram stables, and continued pressure in the Chevrolet and GMC camps, it hasn’t exactly been a cakewalk for the venerable [...]

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Ford to unveil new Police Interceptor Friday
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010, 06:01:20 AM »
Ford to unveil new Police Interceptor Friday
11 March 2010, 7:45 pm

Staying true to Ford’s earlier promise to release details of a new purpose-built Police Interceptor in the first quarter of 2010, Ford has confirmed to Leftlane that a new Police Interceptor will be unveiled to a special group of fleet customers in Las Vegas this Friday. The unveil is not open to the public or [...]

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Ford unveils Taurus-based Police Interceptor [Update]
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2010, 07:00:28 AM »
Ford unveils Taurus-based Police Interceptor [Update]
12 March 2010, 12:18 pm

As we previewed yesterday, Ford finally released images and specifications of its long-anticipated replacement for the Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptor today. Ford says it is a “purpose-built” and toughened up version of the standard Ford Taurus, with optional EcoBoost and all-wheel drive.    Ford confirmed both of Taurus’ two 3.5-liter V6 engines will [...]

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Report: Geely will need $1.4B to keep Volvo going
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2010, 06:02:00 AM »
Report: Geely will need $1.4B to keep Volvo going
12 March 2010, 12:59 pm

Geely may still be on track to purchase the Volvo brand from Ford, but the Chinese automaker could be struggling to source the necessary capital to keep the Swedish brand up and running once the transaction is complete.According to sources familiar with the situation, Geely will need “an absolute minimum” of $1.4 billion following the [...]

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Police Car Friday ultimate video roundup: Crown Vic vs Ford Taurus
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2010, 06:00:40 AM »
Police Car Friday ultimate video roundup: Crown Vic vs Ford Taurus
12 March 2010, 5:29 pm

At Leftlane we determined it would only be fitting to post classic high-speed police chases in light of Ford’s newest Police Interceptor. Of course, we start with the perfect chase: Crown Vic Police Interceptor chasing a speeding Ford Taurus with an armed driver.First up is high-speed chase in which a Police Interceptor Crown Victoria is [...]

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2011 Ford Mustang GT ponies up 412 hp, best-in-class 26 MPG
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2010, 06:02:32 AM »
2011 Ford Mustang GT ponies up 412 hp, best-in-class 26 MPG
16 March 2010, 12:40 am

Although Ford had released the majority of specifications for their upcoming heavily revamped 2011 Mustang V6, Mustang GT and Shelby GT500, Ford has now officially released the EPA verified fuel economy figures for the Mustang GT. Ford previously stated an expected best of 25 mpg highway, but yet again raised the bar with a best-in-class [...]

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Moody’s boosts Ford credit rating
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2010, 06:00:28 AM »
Moody’s boosts Ford credit rating
17 March 2010, 5:12 pm

Moody’s Investor Service says it has taken note of Ford Motor Company’s recent sales gains and its strides toward long term profitability. As a result, it has upgraded the automaker’s credit rating to B2 from B3.The automaker’s secured credit has seen a boost from Ba3 to Ba2, while its unsecured debt rating is up to [...]

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