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Our positive momentum continues as we enter the second half of 2010. On the sales front, we delivered strong growth in the month of July, marking the 21st month in the past 22 that we’ve increased retail market share. Exciting products such as the all-new Ford Fiesta are now in dealerships and being delivered to a new generation of Ford customers. In July, we unveiled the all-new, Ford Explorer in nine cities in the United States and Canada to rave reviews from media, employees, local leaders and dealers. The all-new Explorer is 30 percent more fuel-efficient than the outgoing Explorer – and will offer best-in-class fuel economy for both the V6 and I-4 engines, when it arrives in dealer showrooms this winter. Explorer will also be the first vehicle in the world to offer Rear Inflatable Seat Belts and Curve Control technology. In the second half of the year, we will also welcome significantly refreshed product offerings of the new Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – in addition to more new powertrains that will deliver great fuel economy and performance. Our product-led transformation is working. Let’s continue making strong progress by executing all aspects of our plan with quality and focus. Thank you and keep up the great work!

3 Monthly sales
July U.S. sales rise as demand drives growth.

5 Second-quarter financials
Ford posts second quarter net income of U.S. $2.6 billion.

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6 Do not disturb
As texting continues to be a concern, Ford offers a solution.

7 SYNC advancements
SYNC adds ‘apps’ to expand its offerings.

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9 Custom-fit
Custom design options will be available on all products.

11 Explorer reinvented
The 2011 Explorer reinvents the SUV for the 21st century.

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15 Ford history
Explorer continues its historic legacy.

16 Green dealers
Ford of Canada offers green options to dealers.

Mark Fields President, The Americas

17 Focus launch
Michigan Assembly is on schedule for production of the next-generation Focus.

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19 Safety ratings
Sue Cischke shares insight into the new NHTSA ratings.

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Started five years ago, Ford Global Week of Caring has brought together thousands of Ford employee and retiree volunteers on six continents to create projects that meet the needs of people in their communities. This year Global Week runs Sept. 4 -11. The theme is to create projects linked to conserving and protecting water resources. Across the globe Ford volunteers will help develop new fresh water drinking supplies, clean up waterways and restore vital wetlands. Please visit the Ford Volunteer Corps website at www.volunteer.ford.com and register for a MODEL Teams project for our company and our world.

Ford Racing, Team O’Neil create Fiesta Rally Experience
Last year, 100 Europeanspec Ford Fiestas arrived in North America for the Fiesta Movement. This summer, 43 of the Fiestas will receive a second life as Ford Racing teams up with Team O’Neil Rally School to create the Ford Racing Fiesta Rally Experience, the only rally experience offered by a manufacturer in North America. For more information on the Ford Racing Fiesta Rally Experience and to register, visit www.teamoneil.com; or call the school at (603) 444-4488; or e-mail info@teamoneil.com.

Ford comes up big in APEAL study
Ford received five segment awards, more than any other brand, in J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study. The survey measures customer satisfaction in design, content and vehicle performance. In June, the Ford brand achieved the highest initial quality among all non-luxury brands in J.D. Power SM and Associates 2010 Initial Quality Study (IQS). For the second-consecutive year. Ford was the only nonpremium brand to achieve above industry average scores in both J.D. Power IQS and APEAL studies. In this APEAL survey, owners of the 2010 Ford Fusion, Taurus, Flex, Expedition and Explorer Sport Trac rated these vehicles highest in their respective segments for vehicle appeal, which is comprised of style, comfort, performance and other attributes.

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July sales up as demand for products drives growth
it will begin Ford’s newest vehicles production of the helped the company most powerful diesel continue to grow in the engine ever installed U.S. as Ford, Lincoln 2011 Ford Fiesta in a heavy-duty pickup and Mercury dealers (best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and delivered 166,092 new vehicles in July 400 horsepower). In addition, the – a 5 percent increase versus a year Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke™ ago, when “Cash for Clunker” sales diesel will provide improved fuel started to surge. economy – a full 20 percent better fuel Year-to-date sales totaled 1.12 efficiency than the 2010 model. million, up 24 percent, with growth “In an industry-first customer across Ford’s full family of cars (up 21 loyalty program, Ford will provide the percent), utilities (up 19 percent) and power upgrades free of charge to all trucks (up 32 percent). current owners of a 2011 Super Duty “Customers are rewarding Ford for diesel pickup,” said Czubay. providing the performance they want Retail sales for the Mustang were and the fuel economy they need,” said 43 percent higher than a year ago. Ken Czubay, vice president, U.S. “With our broad range of products Marketing, Sales and Service. “New – from Fiesta to Super Duty – Ford class-leading powertrains are the is connecting with consumers,” ‘secret weapon’ in every new product said Czubay. we are bringing to market. The Ford Fiesta, which offers 40 Ford tops in Canada, miles per gallon EPA highway fuel best July in 31 years economy, eclipsed 3,000 sales in its Ford of Canada sees the best July second month in America. Highly since 1979 and is the best-selling acclaimed in Europe, Asia, and North automaker this month. Overall car America, the Fiesta is the first car developed under the ONE Ford global sales increased 46 percent compared to last July with overall sales up 2 product development system. percent versus strong results last year. Additionally, sales for the 2011 The increase in car sales was driven by F-Series Super Duty were 63 percent strong products like the Ford Fusion, higher than a year ago, capturing Focus and Taurus, resulting in almost more than 50 percent of the heavyduty pickup segment. Ford announced half of all vehicle sales in Canada.

U.S. Vehicle Sales
2010 Year-to-Date Top-Selling Cars and Trucks
Rank Nameplate Units Sold

1 Ford F-Series 2 Chevrolet Silverado 3 Toyota Camry 4 Honda Accord 5 Toyota Corolla/Matrix 6 Honda Civic 7 Nissan Altima 8 Chevrolet Malibu 9 Ford Fusion 10 Ford Escape 11 Hyundai Sonata 12 Honda CR-V 13 Ford Focus 14 Dodge RAM 15 Chevrolet Impala 16 Toyota RAV4 17 Chevrolet Cobalt 18 Toyota Prius 19 Chevrolet Equinox 20 Hyundai Elantra 21 Chrysler Town & Country 22 GMC Sierra 23 MAzDA3 24 VW Jetta 25 Ford Edge 26 Ford Econoline Source: Manufacturers’ Reports

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290,794 201,446 189,297 170,701 167,846 156,832 130,390 128,775 128,581 113,669 107,085 106,928 105,200 105,007 104,056 96,979 84,733 80,141 76,859 75,779 69,020 67,518 66,053 65,671 65,369 64,357

U.S. Market Share – 2010 Year-to-Date vs. 2009
OTHER 25% MARKET SHARE PERCENTAGE 20 15 10 5 0 1.3 0.4 0.3 1.0 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.2

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Ford posts second quarter net income of $2.6 billion
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Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally said he was so excited about the company’s 2010 second quarter net income of U.S. $2.6 billion that he woke up at 3:45 a.m. Friday morning (July 23), hours before the results were made public. Mulally, addressing employees gathered at Ford World Headquarters and others tuning in to his quarterly Town Hall meeting, shared how others were responding to the results. Mulally recalled how he phoned U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in the morning to personally inform him of Ford’s financial results. “(Bernanke) said this is great news. He made the comment that Ford is the example of (a profitably growing) American business,” beamed Mulally, drawing enthusiastic applause from employees in the auditorium. Ford was profitable in every region in the second quarter, led by a nearly $1.9 billion pretax profit in North America. Highlights include: • Reporting a 21 percent sales increase and gaining a half-point of market share in the U.S. on strong retail market performance of Ford products, including the F-Series, Taurus and Transit Connect. • Posting a 27 percent sales increase in Asia Pacific Africa, including a 20 percent increase in China. • Tripling quarterly sales in India, setting a new record, as the new Ford Figo received 25,000 orders in its first 100 days on the market. • Solidifying Ford as Canada’s top-selling brand by expanding market share to 17.5 percent, up 2.1

“We have turned the corner and we are profitably growing the corporation for the first time in quite a number of years.To be able to represent you and what we are doing together – creating an exciting, viable Ford Motor Company – was the absolute highlight for me today. Thank you.”
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said Fields, referring to impressive second-quarter financial data recorded by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. “This is based on pure performance.” Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development, noted Ford’s many product successes and vowed that the company will continue to provide customers with even better world-class vehicles by focusing on a balanced portfolio of products, best-in-segment fuel economy and a relentless attention to detail. To provide a glimpse of the challenges ahead, Matt O’Leary, director, Corporate Strategy, laid out the strengths of key competitors, including Volkswagen. “VW is on a really good trend. They made money throughout the global recession, and they want to quadruple U.S. sales by 2018,” O’Leary said. In closing, Fields shared a quote about Ford from Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, who called Ford “one of the most remarkable corporate comebacks in U.S. history.” “We are part of something special, and I want to thank you for your efforts,” Fields said. Alan Mulally shares with Ford employees his conversation with Ben Bernanke.

percentage points from a year ago. Ford’s 2010 second quarter financial results represent the company’s best quarterly performance since 2004 and marks Ford’s fifth consecutive quarter of positive net income. Mulally said that Ford was on track to be solidly profitable this year and expects the company to have more cash than debt by the end of 2011. “We have turned the corner and we are profitably growing the corporation for the first time in quite a number of years,” Mulally said. “To be able to represent you (in conversations with government officials, analysts and media members) and what we are doing together – creating an exciting, viable Ford Motor Company – was the absolute highlight for me today. Thank you.” Later in the day, an equally excited Mark Fields, president, The Americas, led the organization’s Quarterly Business Review. “These are stunning numbers,”

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Bans by state
Listed here are the states and territories that have created bans on hand-held devices and/or texting in order to decrease the risk of distracted driving. Ban on hand-held devices: • California • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Alaska • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Georgia • Guam • Illinois • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maryland • Massachusetts • New Jersey • New York • Oregon • Washington • Virgin Islands • Michigan • Minnesota • Nebraska • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New York • North Carolina • Oregon • Rhode Island • Tennessee • Utah • Virginia • Vermont • Washington • Wisconsin • Wyoming

Do not disturb – Ford SYNC offers safer alternative to texting
By Jennifer LaForce and Andrew Stoy
Texting while driving continues to be a hot topic nationally; Ford is responding to the issue by expanding its SYNC® technology to offer safer alternatives to hand-held texting. Ford is improving the SYNC text message readback feature and empowering drivers with a “Do Not Disturb” button so they can choose their level of connectivity while in the car. “Text messaging has become the default communications method for consumers of all ages,” said John Schneider, chief engineer, Ford Multimedia and Infotainment Engineering. According to a poll from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately one in four (27 percent) American adults and driving age teens (26 percent) admit to texting while driving. Ford believes drivers should keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel and was the first automaker to support a proposed federal ban and state-level legislation banning hand-held texting while driving. In turn, Ford also understands that drivers want to be connected to their mobile worlds while on the road. The standard technology Bluetooth® allows electronic devices – like a mobile phone and SYNC – to communicate wirelessly. To improve the number of phones that can “communicate” with SYNC, Ford has adopted the latest Bluetooth standard – Message Access Profile (MAP). “Today, only a small population of phones have the capability to work with the text message readback feature of SYNC,” added Schneider. “With MAP technology, even more drivers will be able to use SYNC to listen to text messages.” Ford proactively designed the MyFord and MyLincoln Touch™ driver connect system to give drivers more control of how they manage communications while in the car.

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The new 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX will debut the new SYNC “Do Not Disturb” feature.

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SYNC me up, Scotty with the latest SYNC technologies
By Alice Arutoff
While we may not be aboard the USS Enterprise navigating our way back home though the galaxy, Ford SYNC® allows users to access more information than ever before and have it beamed directly into their vehicle through simple voice commands. As SYNC continues to expand, here are just a few of the latest features.
TDI Expands

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“SYNC 911 Assist calls already come in on priority emergency lines due to the call being placed from the customer’s personal cell phone versus an intermediary call center,” said Dave Hatton, global product leader/electrical engineer, Ford Connected Services. “The new system is designed to provide coordinates through the onboard GPS receiver in addition to assisted GPS, which adds an even greater level of location accuracy.”
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˙The next time you call “services” on a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle equipped with the SYNC app Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) you will hear a prompt alerting you to new features. “SYNC is helping us move at a faster pace and deliver the level of connectivity and access that consumers want,” said Doug VanDagens, director, Ford Connected Services Organization. “We continue to give our customers access to more and more services without having to touch the vehicle or inconvenience the owner with more subscription fees.” Through simple voice commands you can access the latest “stocks” information, hear “horoscopes,” find out which “movies” are playing in your area and even make “travel” accommodations on the go.
911 Assist enhances GPS

Receiving directions in your vehicle is getting increasingly easier with the latest Send to SYNC functionality, allowing users to select a destination on Google Maps and send it to their vehicle. “Printing paper directions from a website is a relic in our digital age,” said VanDagens. “With Send to SYNC, you can map a destination at home, at work – wherever you have connectivity – and when you get to your car, it

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Ford unveils vehicle customization options
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A vehicle can mean more to people than being a way to get from point A to point B. There’s the guy next door who kisses his truck goodnight. Or the motherin-law who fondly refers to her van as “Muffy.” A car may have its own persona but it also reflects the owner’s personality. After all, doesn’t your mind make a snap judgment when an 80-year-old grandmother hops out of a molten orange Ford F-150? Or your bulky personal trainer squeezes into a red candy Ford Fiesta? Owning a vehicle gives people the chance to express themselves and Ford offers a variety of ways to make your car your own. There’s www.fordcustomgraphics.com, where Ford owners can select personalized vinyl graphic wraps for their specific vehicle. “Ford knows that customers want a vehicle to be all their own,” says Jim Abraham, manager, New Product Development, vehicle personalization. “You click on your vehicle and its exterior color, select the graphics you like, and then the website will show you exactly how the designs will look on your car or truck.” From bubbles, arrows, dots and flowers to stripes, camouflage, flames and matte black accents, there will be around 50 designs available for every type of Ford vehicle in the garage. Abraham asserts that these choices will be continuously updated to maximize consumers’ options. “Vinyl wraps are typically half the cost of custom paint work,” says Tom Stemple, chief executive officer, Original Wraps, Inc., provider of the ‘on-demand’ custom graphics. “Another advantage is that they can be easily removed if the customer wants a new design or decides to sell the vehicle. Paint is permanent, and custom-painted vehicles are often much more difficult to resell.” Custom graphics are currently available for the Fiesta and F-150 while Mustang designs will be unveiled in the next few months. Vehicle personalization is a booming trend, with the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) anticipating the automotive aftermarket and accessories business to generate more than U.S. $27 billion this year. “The Fiesta already offers customers a range of options to make it their own, from unique exterior colors to interior seating combinations, but with the addition of our accessory options, consumers can take Fiesta personalization to the next level,” says Sam De La Garza, brand manager, Fiesta. “Each of the accessories adds a unique flavor to Fiesta, and everybody agrees they can

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For the SUV, the 21st century is finally here – thanks to the arrival of the all-new reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer.
A new era for the Ford Explorer began July 26 with an ambitious, nine-city launch across North America as well as an innovative social media campaign. The message is clear – this is not the SUV you’ve come to know. It’s different, and the public is in for a surprise about just how different. Explorer is different because it shatters notions of what comes with an SUV. At the top of the list is fuel economy. Currently it’s the number one reason customers turn their backs on the SUV. Explorer changes that comprehensively – with fuel economy improvements topping a whopping 30 percent to become the best in class for SUV fuel efficiency. New engine technology. New, fuel-efficient 6-speed transmissions. Slick new aerodynamics and more, like standard fuelClick to @Ford Online saving electric for more information power assist www.at.ford.com steering (EPAS) and reduced rolling resistance tires. Plus the North American debut of the latest new Ford EcoBoost™ engine – a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that uses turbocharging and direct injection to generate an impressive 237 horsepower and 250 pound feet of torque – that SUV owners will appreciate. “The new Explorer was created around Drive Quality, Drive Green, Drive Safe and Drive Smart,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Product Development. “Intensive efforts in each of these areas have come together to make Explorer a compelling product for a new generation – because it simply does everything well.” Explorer betters the 2010 Honda Pilot, the 2010 Toyota Highlander V6 and many V6 sedans, as well. The standard V6 engine of the new Explorer is rated at 290 horsepower, just two horsepower shy of the current V8 engine yet with significantly improved fuel economy. Both engines feature twinindependent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) for the optimal balance between performance and economy. The new Explorer epitomizes Ford’s strategy to make fuel economy a clear reason to buy. But did achieving a jaw-dropping

“We set out to stretch the breadth of capability of the new Explorer. It’s the SUV reinvented. We changed everything but we refused to compromise on capability, flexibility and that spirit of adventure that people have always found so appealing about Explorer.”
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conventional belt – it’s designed to protect rear-seat passengers, often children or mature passengers who can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries. • Outstanding levels of craftsmanship and quality that you’d be more likely to expect from a luxury vehicle, matched by levels of ride comfort and quiet operation that reinforce Ford’s strides in quality tangibly. • New levels of refinement in driving quality on the road and off for a seven-passenger SUV, crafted around Ford’s large-car platform and featuring fully independent front suspension and the Ford SR-1 rear suspension engineered especially for SUV performance. • Explorer leverages great SUV capability with smart technology. This approach transforms four-wheel-drive operation and towing – perennial Explorer strengths – into easy, The 2011 Ford Explorer intuitive experiences had an unprecedented nine that will appeal to city reveal on July 26, SUV drivers of all spanning from New York City levels of experience. to Los Angeles. The technologies At Ford World Headquarters, more than 2,000 employees include Intelligent and retirees gathered on the west lawn to share in the excitement 4WD with the new of the reinvented Explorer. Terrain Management mileage mean compromises? What will customers have to sacrifice? Absolutely nothing. In fact, Explorer makes huge strides in other key areas a new generation of SUV buyers is unwilling to compromise on. The all-new Ford Explorer delivers segment leading capabilities and strengths – and unmatched technologies – for a new generation of SUV buyers. If it’s important to customers, Explorer leads, including the following innovations: • The most comprehensive array of safety protection in the segment, led by the industry’s first second-row inflatable belts, a Ford innovation. This unique technology spreads impact forces over five times more area than a

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System – replacing the traditional transfer case of old with situationselectable technology for mud, sand, gravel and snow – and an array of towing technologies, including Tow-Haul mode, Trailer Sway Control and a rearview camera system with zoom to make hooking up easy. “We set out to stretch the breadth of capability of the new

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Explorer,” says Jim Holland, chief engineer, Explorer. “It’s the SUV reinvented. We changed everything but we refused to compromise on capability, flexibility and that spirit of adventure that people have always found so appealing about Explorer.” The new Explorer features a contemporary design that melds bold styling with sophisticated, European-inspired design details. It combines traditional Explorer design cues – such as its confident stance and proportions and a characteristic body-colored C-pillar with a modern, weightsaving, highly aerodynamic shape crafted from extensive time in the wind tunnel. Although so much has changed in this new generation of Ford Explorer, the design instantly signals it’s a Ford Explorer. Inside, the Ford Explorer communicates a new experience awaits a new generation of SUV owners. The softly trimmed, luxurious environment features a level of material quality and execution that will surprise and delight customers – part of a thoughtful, flexible interior package that abounds with clever storage capacity. It offers increased

shoulder room, three rows of flexible seating and an available power-folding rear seat and tailgate. Inside and out, the new Explorer reinvents SUV craftsmanship. Details abound, from Explorer branding on the headlamp units to tight margin gaps throughout the vehicle to new switchgear with consistent feel, sound and functionality. Real metal speaker grilles, too. “The all-new Explorer is such tremendous proof of what we can achieve by focusing on the four pillars of the Ford brand,” said Mark Fields, president, The Americas. “Perhaps more than any other vehicle we’ve launched since committing to Drive one, the 2011 Ford Explorer will prove to customers that our new direction is really gaining traction.” Explorer is among the most highly recognized Ford nameplates, with 96 percent name recognition. “Customers feel they know Explorer well,” Fields says. “Its transformation – how Explorer challenges those expectations – will make it such a surprise. It answers every one of the concerns that stand in the way of an SUV for many customers. That’s what makes this launch so exciting.”

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When it comes to four-wheel drive, the Ford Explorer has always stood for capability. Now, that great capability is being transformed into a great driving experience with the new Terrain Management System technology – which comes with the Explorer Intelligent 4WD System.

It’s four-wheel drive for a new generation of SUV owners – and they’re going to love it. Terrain Management System does away with the transfer case and the uncertainty that some customers had when it comes to using their vehicle’s fourwheel drive capability – especially whether to be in four-wheel high or four-wheel low for which kind of surface condition. Replacing it is the Terrain Management System knob. The Explorer Intelligent 4WD System is situation-selectable. Instead of telling the vehicle what gear to be in, the driver uses the control to select which surface condition to expect. There are four shift-on-the-fly settings – normal, mud, sand and snow. Each setting provides unique engine behavior, throttle tip in, transmission shift scheduling and the calibration of the traction and stability control systems. The system also features Hill Descent Control™ – which provides added driver confidence and control when descending a steep incline. “Drive Smart technology is a big part of the reinvention of the SUV,” explained Don Ufford, chief engineer, Vehicle Engineering. “Instead of the driver having to configure the system, the vehicle does the thinking based on the type of condition the driver selects. It’s easier and more intuitive for the family oriented drivers in this segment, most of whom aren’t hard-core off-roaders.”

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History

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Explorer continues its historic legacy
By Marguerite Moran
Introduced on March 15, 1990, the Explorer was a different breed than the Bronco II it replaced. It was larger, more aerodynamic, and included an array of comfort features. The new design led Explorer to be the best-selling midsize SUV for 15 of the last 19 years. The Explorer did not just dominate the segment – it created it – by starting the SUV craze of the 1990s. Consider this: in 1990 total SUV sales in the U.S. made up 6.6 percent of the market; by 2004 SUVs accounted for 27.5 percent of the market. Consumer testing showed customers were looking for a versatile alternative to cars, without giving up comfort and convenience. Ford responded with the Explorer, which promised the ruggedness of a truck with the comfort of a car. It became clear that the Explorer had broad appeal. A buyers’ survey of 1993 models reported that only 23 percent used the vehicle for towing, while 82 percent used the Explorer for shopping and errands. That same year, the Explorer claimed a 25 percent share of the SUV market, making it the sixth most popular vehicle in the country. The demand was so high, the Louisville Assembly Plant could not keep up; Ford then invested close to U.S. $400 million to add Explorer assembly to the St. Louis Assembly Plant in February 1993. The Explorer was so popular it was featured on the big screen in Jurassic Park, where it proved to be a rugged vehicle, yet no match for the menacing tyrannosaurus rex. A revamped model rolled out in 1995 to continue the success. With so many of the vehicles being used as family carriers, safety became the key factor in the Explorer. Best-inclass features like four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel ABS, and dual air bags came standard with the vehicle. In 2001, the Explorer Sport Trac premiered, “designed to project an adventurous image with bold styling inside and Reinvented once more, out.” The Explorer saw the 2011 Ford Explorer looks another redesign in to lead the pack again. 2002, one that was

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driven by consumer needs. Customer research led to changes such as a new independent rear suspension for a smoother ride, roomier interior and an available third-row seat. The research also led to larger door openings and a lower step for easier entry, catering to the owners’ needs. As the traditional SUV was losing market share to crossovers, the redesigned 2006 Explorer balanced comfort, safety and environmental concerns. A new 4.6-liter V8 produced 292 horsepower, making it the most powerful Explorer engine ever; yet it featured increased fuel economy and produced 74 percent less smog-forming emissions. Reinvented once more, the 2011 Ford Explorer looks to lead the pack again.

The original Explorer and its design evolution.

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Canada

Ford of Canada dealers continue green efforts
Ford of Canada is expanding its Millennium Facility Program (facility design program) to include more “green” choices for dealers when renovating or building a new dealership. The goal is simple: collaborate with dealers to implement costeffective ways to improve the energy-efficiency of their facilities, resulting in a long-term reduction in individual dealership’s carbon footprint as well as overall operating costs. “We are focused on our plan and part of that plan is a commitment to the environment,” said Scott Cauvel, vice president, Sales, Ford of Canada. “As part of our Millennium Facility Program we are providing our dealers with access to expertise and recommendations that will help them further their sustainable efforts.” Ford of Canada continues to work with Robert Arnone, vice president, R.H. Carter Architects Inc., a licensed architect and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) accredited professional who has been working with Ford of Canada for approximately 16 years. “By introducing more sustainable choices into the design and renovation process, we are increasing the positive impact being made by dealers across the country,” said Arnone. “These sustainable options are realistic and cost-effective – and we’ll continue to build on these solutions as new products come to market.”

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Product

Next-generation Focus launch on schedule at Michigan Assembly
By John Fossen
Prototypes of the nextgeneration Ford Focus are making their way through the renovated Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP), keeping the facility on schedule to begin building production units later this year, according to Michigan Assembly Site Manager Rob Webber. “We’re seeing great success throughout the Tooling Tryout phase. The importance of this build is to validate the capability of the tooling,” explained Webber. “We’re also tapping the knowledge and experience of Group Leaders to help set up work stations and get the proper flow of components to the line.” The fact the launch is on schedule is largely due to the excellent collaboration among suppliers, engineers, skilled trades and the highly motivated workforce at the site. MAP is finalizing production as the next generation Focus comes off the line.

Each week, more employees leave Wayne Assembly – located in the same manufacturing complex as Wayne Integrated Stamping and Michigan Assembly – to begin work at MAP. Those remaining at the Wayne Plant are building the current Focus, which captured best-in-class quality in the recent J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey. “The Wayne team has done a phenomenal job. They’ve been steadily improving quality for quite some time,” Webber said. “They have a great workforce that builds a great product. Our intent is to launch the next-generation Focus equal to or better than that level.” Webber, former manager of the Dearborn Truck Plant (DTP), went through a similar scenario a few years ago when he simultaneously

oversaw final production of the Mustang at Dearborn Assembly and the launch of a redesigned F-150 at the DTP. “We learned a lot of valuable lessons at DTP and other locations that we have been able to apply at MAP,” said Webber. “It’s a team effort, and everybody is contributing.” Among the many changes to Michigan Assembly – former production site of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size SUVs – are the implementation of Ford’s three-wet paint process and related flash-free Visit the “Photos & Videos” box welding, which www.at.ford.com results in a much Michigan Assembly Plant cleaner, smoother surface for painting. In addition, the use of new, adjustable skillets in key areas of the plant will contribute to improved ergonomics and quality by presenting work at an optimum height for employees. Production of the nextgeneration Focus begins later this year at the Michigan Assembly Plant.

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Product

GT500 in high demand, approaching production limit
By Henry Platts
Customer demand for the new 2011 Shelby GT500® is growing nearly as fast as the world’s fastest production pony car. More than 3,300 orders have been placed for the new Shelby GT500. To ensure exclusivity, U.S. sales of the 2011 Shelby GT500 will be limited to 5,500 units. “The car continues to be popular with sports car enthusiasts and collectors who are blown away by the increase in horsepower and performance. The limited production of the 2011 should make this year even more desirable,” said Fritz Wilke, brand manager, Mustang. Powered by a new aluminumblock 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2011 Shelby GT500 has a 10 horsepower increase over the 2010 model. The engine is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision. New for 2011 is an optional glass roof providing customers with yet another open-air option that does

not compromise the coupe’s versatility, headroom or climatecontrolled environment. The new SVT Performance Package – selected by just over 68 percent of coupe orders – provides track performance. The optional package features Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires, unique styling and many more features.

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NHTSA revises safety rating system
By Chris Rahi Kassab
Many prospective car buyers use the government’s crash test rating system as they are considering what vehicle meets their family’s needs. Starting soon, however, the numbers may become a bit more confusing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is revising its five-star program with stricter criteria for 2011 model year vehicles, making it much more difficult to achieve a five-star rating. As a result, a car or truck that achieved a five-star rating under the old system may only receive three or four stars with the new guidelines, even though no changes have been made to the vehicle. While the new ratings are designed to make safety information more complete. Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, says the new system may leave some car buyers scratching their heads – especially if they do a lot of cross-shopping. “The confusion for consumers is that you’re going to have old and new models in the showroom,” she explained. “What we need to tell people is make sure you’re comparing apples to apples, so you’re not comparing the old test to the new test.” To make it easier for customers to navigate through dealer lots, Cischke says Ford will add an extra label to the side glass of all new vehicles that shows what the previous rating was and also the rating the vehicle received from another key rating organization – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “Almost all of our vehicles have earned a Top Safety Pick rating from IIHS,” she said. NHTSA’s new five-star rating system gives each vehicle an Overall Vehicle Score determined by combining results from the frontal crash tests, side crash tests, rear crash test and a static rollover measurement. Cischke says she has concerns about the method NHTSA is using to determine a vehicle’s rollover rating. It’s called a static stability factor measurement, and it’s based on the notion that there is a correlation between rollovers and a vehicle’s height and width. “What they’re not taking into consideration right now are all of the vehicles that have electronic stability control or roll stability

“With the newness of the tests, there are a lot of things that we have to change, but we’re still going to be better than the competition. We’re just going to have to keep working our way back up the ladder.”
– Sue Cischke, group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering

control,” she said. “And that the The 2011 Ford Taurus will be static measurement doesn’t the first Ford necessarily correlate with vehicle to whether a vehicle might roll over undergo the in the real world. If a car or truck new government has our technology, it’s highly ratings program. unlikely to be in that kind of an accident.” According to Cischke, a new side pole test – which mimics side impacts involving tall and narrow fixed objects such as utility poles and trees – will make it particularly difficult for vehicles to achieve five stars. “The new side pole test is very difficult,” said Cischke. “When you hit a pole, there are a lot of things that can happen because the pole is so rigid and it is such a local hit.” Ford has an industry-leading number of “Top Safety Picks” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and plans to continue its safety rating leadership even as NHTSA employs tougher standards. “Ford is a safety leader, and we’re doing things that really make • To view your current a difference in the real vehicle’s rating visit world,” she said, noting www.safercar.gov new advancements in • For more information safety technology, on the new NHTSA such as the world-first ratings program visit inflatable seat belts www.nhtsa.gov introduced in the rear seat of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer. “With the newness of the tests, there are a lot of things that we have to change, but we’re still going to be better than the competition. We’re just going to have to keep working our way back up the ladder.”

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Benefits

Health care reform updates for employees and retirees
Health care continues to be a rising concern for many Americans. More than 46 million Americans did not have health insurance in 2009 according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) expands coverage to more Americans, and in 2014 requires that people obtain coverage. What does this mean for Ford employees and retirees? Members will continue to receive health benefits through Ford. “We are proud to be able to provide health benefits to those eligible and plan to continue to do so,” said Rick Popp, director, Employee Benefits. Two of the changes effective Jan. 1, 2011, particularly affect employees and retirees: 1. Dependents can be provided company-sponsored health care coverage up to age 26. 2. The value of health insurance will be reported on your W-2 tax form (but the amount reported is not subject to tax). More details regarding these changes will be provided to employees and retirees in open enrollment material in the fall. Additionally, Ford employees and retirees can take action to become educated consumers making the right health choices and health care decisions. “Staying well, using appropriate health care services when needed, exercising, eating right, and dealing effectively with challenges enables all of us to feel better, be healthier, and perform at our best,” said Popp. “One key to

success is to be engaged in improving our own health and the health of our families by making the right choices every day. “Quitting smoking, starting a daily fitness habit, getting enough sleep, watching portion sizes, understanding our health status, complying with our prescribed medications/treatments, and asking questions of our doctors are things we can do to directly and immediately address the costs and quality of health care.”

Blue Oval Connect links Ford alums with company products, information
After their careers at Ford, many retirees want to keep up with the latest news and information about Ford Motor Company and its future. The Blue Oval Connect retiree outreach program is a great way to do that. It provides timely news and periodic newsletters direct to retirees’ e-mail boxes, without the delay of regular mail. This keeps retirees in the loop and informed about the latest from Ford – and helps them continue to be strong ambassadors for the company. Coming up in the next Blue Oval Connect are: • News about new and current products • Updates on breaking news and event promotions • Links to important websites and “outside voices” • Access to Ford retiree groups across the U.S. • Money-saving discounts on goods and services Just visit www.BlueOvalConnect.com to sign up for this free electronic news service for Ford retirees.

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Safety

Future of Safety tour exhibits latest technologies
The Future of Safety tour visited 54 cities across America, exhibiting Ford’s latest safety advances. The tour made its away cross the country stopping in Chicago, Ill.; Boise, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nev.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Seattle, Wash. and many more cities. Each events audience varied, with nearly 2,000 people exposed to the tour at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J.; while a local Boys & Girls Club in San Diego, Calif. had about 200-250 people in attendance. Participants were able to experience and see some of latest Ford technologies such as MyKey™, inflatable seat belts, Collision Warning with Brake Support, advanced airbags, and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Cross Traffic Alert. The tour started in May and wrapped at the beginning of August, and was well received across the country.

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Ford Brazil celebrates millionth Fiesta
Ford Brazil reached its one millionth production milestone for the Ford Fiesta at the company’s Camaçari Plant in Bahia. The Ford Fiesta is one of the best-selling cars in Brazil and has revolutionized the compact-car segment, offering a distinctive combination of design, space, drivability, equipment and price. “This significant volume of production in less than eight years on the market shows that the Fiesta is one of the most beloved of the country. The model is a sales success because it meets the customer’s taste, not only in Brazil but also in several other Latin American markets,” says Jorge Chear Neto, director, Marketing and Sales, Ford Brazil. Since its launch, there have been more than 230,000 units exported to countries such as Argentina and Mexico, representing 35 percent of the total exported by Ford Brazil since 2003.

Ford invests in new flexible vehicle plant in Thailand
Ford is investing U.S. $450 million in an all-new passenger vehicle manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand, scheduled to be completed in 2012. The facility will build the next-generation Ford Focus in 2012 for Thailand and other markets in the Asia Pacific region. This highly flexible plant will be able to build a diverse range of vehicles in the future and will follow Ford’s global model of sustainability initiatives and environmentally responsible processes and systems. “Today’s announcement is another important step in our aggressive expansion in the Asia Pacific region to meet demand for our world-class Ford products in this fast-growing region,” said Alan Mulally, president and CEO.

Ford anniversaries reinforce the ONE Ford message
Ford Australia is celebrating 85 years with the company, although Ford vehicles have been sold in the country since 1904. Australia also recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Ford Falcon. Ford of Mexico recently celebrated its 85th anniversary. It was constituted on June 23, 1925 as the first automotive company fully established in Mexico. Vehicles assembled by Ford in Mexico include the Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ. Ford Otosan, the successful joint venture between Henry Ford and Vehbi Koç, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Ford Otosan was the first – and is still the only – Turkish auto company to export a vehicle to North America, the Ford Transit Connect.

Ford France models pay tribute to legendary Ford Le Mans racers
Ford France unveiled five Focus RS models finished to match past Ford legends from the Le Mans 24 Hours. Each of the cars bears the number of the previous Le Mans legends: • Black with silver stripes – Ford Mk II – 1966 winner • Red with white stripes – Mk IV – 1967 winner • White with a thin blue stripe and a red border – Ford Mk IIB – 1967 entrant • Two-tone sky blue and orange – GT40s – 1968 and 1969 winner • Two-tone white and blue – Capri RS 2600 –1972 Touring category winner “We thought we had a good idea but we have been very surprised by the level of the feedback,” said Stéphane Cesareo, manager, Communications and Public Affairs, Ford France. “In just one week the video of the five vehicles has been seen nearly 85,000 times and the picture has been sent all over the world.”

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Back page Thunderbird marks anniversary
Known for its classic design cues, the Ford Thunderbird is a true icon for American style. Celebrating its 55th anniversary, nearly 300 Ford Thunderbirds were on display in Dearborn, Mich., commemorating the event. Drivers came from more than 30 states and several from Canada with Thunderbirds from every year of production on display. “The Ford Thunderbird is one of the most iconic products in the history of the automobile,” said Jim Farley, vice president, Global Marketing. “Each generation of the Thunderbird had a unique personality that ushered in a new generation of breakthroughs in design or technology.”

Quotes to note on Ford’s performance…

“This is one of the most remarkable corporate comebacks in U.S. history.” – Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, Forbes “They have been making all the right moves. It’s been impressive. They just have an unbelievable amount of momentum right now.” – Rebecca Lindland, analyst, IHS Automotive “After looking at this Ford quarter – looking at the cash position, looking at the capitalization structure – I can only marvel at witnessing the greatest single turnaround in American business history.” – Jim Cramer, host, CNBC’s Mad Money “Ford was in better financial shape and was able to weather the storm without federal assistance. That’s a testament to the hard work you all do and the choices this company made.” – Barack Obama, president, United States, to employees at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant
24 | August 2010

Mose Nowland celebrates 55 years at Ford
Celebrating 55 years with Ford, Mose Nowland, motorsport engineer, wakes up easy every morning ready for “work.” “It’s been said before,” said Nowland. “If you find a job you love, you will never work another day in your life.” Most recently, Nowland (pictured above with Mark Fields, president , The Americas) helped create an engine for NHRA Pro Stock drag racing. Nowland has been a part of the action for some of Ford racing’s highest achievements. He attended the Le Mans in 1966 -1967 and the Indy 500 in 1963, 1964 and 1965, helping to tune the engines for victory. “Le Mans was a terrific victory for Ford Racing and the Ford family,” said Nowland. “It’s been a terrific career for me.”

F-1 Truck remains in family more than 60 years
Family cars tend to have a short life expectancy; however, Alan Maffei’s 1949 F-1 is still going strong. Bought new in 1949 by his grandfather, the truck replaced an aging Model A pickup. The F-1 was used for work on the farm or quick runs into town. Maffei inherited the truck after his grandfather passed away in the 1980s. The driving force behind his decision to restore the truck to stock was his grandfather and parents. Nowadays the truck mostly gets out on drives for fun or to a local car shows; however, according to Maffei, “Any reason to take the truck for a drive is a good one.”

Picture perfect
Taylor Wilkey will be a senior at El Paso Gridley High School in El Paso, Ill. She recently purchased a Ford Fiesta at Heller Ford where her mother, Karen Wilkey is the general manager. She was so pleased with her car she posed with the hatchback for her senior photos.

Jerry McKinsey www.jmaxphoto.net

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