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Ford will pump out more profitable big SUVs to fund its future
Posted on 12th February 2018
Southfield, Michigan: Ford Motor Co. is spending $25 million more at its Kentucky factory to pump out more of the profitable big sport utility vehicles that are critical to funding its ambitious—and expensive—electric and self-driving vehicle plans.

The investment will allow the second-largest US automaker to boost production of the new Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition by 25% from what the company was planning last fall, when the redesigned models first hit showrooms.

Ford, VW & Nissan skip Auto Expo 2018 as their exports trump local sales
Posted on 8th February 2018
Three global car majors – Ford, Nissan, and Volkswagen – are skipping the ongoing Auto Expo 2018. There is one common trend among these three companies — they all ship more cars to overseas markets than their local sales within India.

Interestingly, there are no other carmakers with operations in the Indian market that export more cars than their domestic sales.

Ford's all-new compact utility vehicle Freestyle unveiled in India
Posted on 1st February 2018
Automaker Ford India today unveiled a new compact utility vehicle 'Freestyle' that will hit the market by April this year.

Powered by a brand new 1.2 litre 3 cylinder petrol engine and five-speed manual transmission, the new model can generate a power output of 96 PS.

2018 Ford Figo Cross: Ford’s latest compact crossover to be unveiled on 31 January
Posted on 22nd January 2018
2018 Ford Figo Cross is now only a few days apart from an official unveil on 31 January, and this will be the first of kind car in Ford's lineup in India. The kind in question is a crossover between an SUV and a hatchback, so expect the Ford Fogo Cross to get SUV-like styling and dimensions of a hatchback. Unlike the Toyota Etios Cross, the Ford Figo Cross is an all-new product with some major changes to its exterior, interior and mechanics, in comparison to its hatchback version.

Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles
Posted on 18th January 2018
Ford Motor Co’s plan to double its electrified vehicle spending is part of an investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing, a Reuters analysis shows. That money is pouring in to a tiny sector that amounts to less than 1 percent of the 90 million vehicles sold each year and where Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc, with sales of only three models totaling just over 100,000 vehicles in 2017, was a dominant player.

Ford sued for emissions cheating in diesel trucks
Posted on 12th January 2018
After German automaker Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, it is now the US auto giant Ford Motor that was accused of emissions cheating in a bid to promote its diesel engine trucks. A class action lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Detroit in the state of Michigan, claiming Ford and German auto supplier Bosch of knowingly installing emissions-cheating software devices in 2011-2017 Ford 250 and 350 Super Duty diesel pickup trucks.

Ford India to hike prices by up to 4% from January
Posted on 11th December 2017
Automaker Ford India on Monday said it will increase prices of its models by up to 4 per cent from January to partially offset the impact of rising input costs.

"The price increase is necessary due to several external factors, such as frequent fluctuations in commodity prices and rising input and freight costs," Ford India Executive Director - Marketing, Sales and Service, Vinay Raina said in a statement.

GST impact: Car exporters Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen face Rs 1,000 cr claims hit
Posted on 6th December 2017
Export-oriented auto manufacturers like Ford India, Nissan and Volkswagen are suffering as the current goods and services tax (GST) system of making payments upfront and claiming input tax credit is not working properly. According to industry estimates the stuck amount is around Rs 1,000 crore as these manufacturers have not been able to file claims since July. Industry executives explained that for export-oriented auto firms, there are two mechanisms to expunge tax content in exports.

Ford India sales rise 29% to 27,019 units in Nov on strong demand, exports
Posted on 1st December 2017
Ford India Friday reported a 28.63 per cent increase in total sales at 27,019 units in November this year.

The company had sold 21,004 units in the same month last year, Ford India said in a statement.

Ford, Ekso team up for ‘bionic’ auto workers
Posted on 10th November 2017
Robots have replaced many U.S. manufacturing workers, but new mechanical exoskeletons being tested by Ford Motor Co may help factory workers to function like bionic people, reducing the physical damage of millions of repetitive tasks over many years. The U.S. automaker said on Thursday that workers at two U.S. factories are testing upper-body exoskeletons developed by Richmond, California-based Ekso Bionics Holdings Inc, which are designed to reduce injuries and increase productivity.

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