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  • Ford building $1bn manufacturing complex in India

    09/06/2011 2:38:47 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 53 replies
    France 24 ^ | 09-06-2011 | AFP
    Ford building $1bn manufacturing complex in India An child walks on a plot of land acquired by Ford India for its new automobile manufacturing plant near Sanand, some 60 kms from Ahmedabad. Ford has started construction on a $1 billion manufacturing and engineering complex on the site. The complex will create 5,000 jobs and be able initially to produce 240,000 vehicles and 270,000 engines a year from 2014, Ford says. AFP - US auto giant Ford has started construction on a $1 billion manufacturing and engineering complex in India as it bets on the country to help drive global growth,...
  • Robert Ford attacked in Syria (VIDEO)

    08/29/2011 5:47:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies ^ | 8/29/11 | Josh Rogin
    A video has emerged of U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford being assaulted by a pro-regime demonstrator on the streets of Damascus last week. The assault took place before Ford's unapproved trip to the city of Jassem on Aug 23. Ford was present at a gathering of demonstrators who support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad outside the Cham Palace Hotel in Damascus when one demonstrator ran up to Ford and tried to wrap him in a poster that featured Assad's face. Ford's security intervened quickly and rushed Ford to his car. The incident was then replayed in a...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama: Stop selling pickup trucks

    08/22/2011 7:06:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 110 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2011 | Editorial
    President and Government Motors drive consumers into a ditchThe U.S. auto industry wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for President Obama, or so he says. According to the White House, the 2009 $80 billion auto bailout - of which at least $14 billion was lost - not only saved the American auto sector but preserved 1 million jobs. If you believe that one, he has a $45,000 electric Chevy to sell you. Earlier this month, at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Chicago, Mr. Obama even argued that Ford, which didn’t take a federal handout, had him to thank for...
  • Obama calls Warren Buffett, Ford CEO for advice on creating jobs

    08/22/2011 2:16:09 PM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/22/11 | Erik Wasson
    “The President and Mr. Buffett discussed the overall outlook on the economy and the reaction to the headwinds we’ve experienced over the last couple of months," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. "They talked a little bit about some possible measures that would spur investment and increase economic growth. And they also talked about some measures that could address the long-term fiscal situation in this country.” Obama also called Mulally, and they discussed the disruptions to the auto industry supply chain caused by the Japanese tsunami as well as ways to stimulate exports and investment. Ford was a major opponent...
  • Ford Earns $2.4 Billion Net Income in Second Quarter 2011 (title shortened)

    07/26/2011 1:38:36 PM PDT · by CSM · 13 replies
    Ford Motor Company Corporate page ^ | 7/26/2011 | Ford Presser
    •Second quarter net income was $2.4 billion, or 59 cents per share, a $201 million decrease from second quarter 2010. Pre-tax operating profit was $2.9 billion, or 65 cents per share, a decrease of $64 million from second quarter 2010. •Automotive pre-tax operating profit was $2.3 billion for the second quarter, an increase of $209 million from second quarter 2010. •Ford Credit reported a pre-tax operating profit of $604 million for the second quarter, a decrease of $284 million from second quarter 2010. •Total Company revenue was $35.5 billion in the second quarter, up $4.2 billion from second quarter 2010....
  • UAW wants bigger cut of Detroit's newfound profits

    07/25/2011 10:14:07 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 28 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 07/24/2011 | AP
    To help American carmakers stay in business, autoworkers grudgingly gave up pay raises and some benefits four years ago. Now that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are making money again, workers want compensation for their sacrifice. Just how much they get is the central question hanging over contract talks that start this week between Detroit and one of the nation's largest and most powerful unions. The negotiations, the first since Chrysler and GM took government aid and emerged from bankruptcy, will set wages and benefits for 111,000 members of the United Auto Workers, including those at Ford, which avoided bankruptcy...
  • Betty Ford Funeral Pictures

    07/13/2011 5:46:08 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 45 replies
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  • Presenting the Mother of All BBQ Grills . . .

    07/05/2011 3:32:46 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 5, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Looks like the guy made it out of a '56 Ford convertible (or maybe a coupe), neat. I can already hear the "Why not Chevy" responses, but have you looked at the price of a Tri-Five lately? Nicely done with the diner theme, too: It don't get any more American than that! What would be funny is to drag it in for a smog test and then fire up the grill- hehMore news/views/humor at Reaganite Republican
  • Remember when getting a new car was a celebration, instead of being a stigma

    06/18/2011 3:20:59 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 41 replies · 1+ views
    I noticed that a co-worker had gotten a new car while seeing each other in the parking lot and congratulated the person. The co-worker said "thank you", but stated that I shouldn't tell anyone else. The co-worker in my opinion felt they had a Scarlett Letter attached to them for buying not only a new car but an import model.
  • President Ford Toasts Queen Elizabeth

    05/25/2011 11:16:59 AM PDT · by ml/nj · 29 replies
    The "bumbling" President Ford apparently knew that the toast is supposed to end with the words, "the Queen." It is interesting to watch the Queen's reaction in this video and compare it with the one she had yesterday. (Video at link) ML/NJ
  • Statue of President Gerald Ford unveiled

    05/04/2011 11:46:37 AM PDT · by GOP_Party_Animal · 24 replies
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) wipes tears from his eyes as he attends the unveiling ceremony for a statue of the late former President Gerald R. Ford in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on May 3, 2011. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
  • EDITORIAL: Free-market Ford laps Government Motors

    04/01/2011 5:41:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2011 | Editorial
    Bureaucrats can’t run a car company, let alone the whole country Ford Motor Co. beat General Motors in March sales, another small but significant victory of private enterprise over government micromanagement. Since the 2009 government takeover of GM, competition between the two leading domestic auto manufacturers has taken on strong ideological overtones. It serves as an ideal test case, a microcosm of the competition between two worldviews, the automotive equivalent of North vs. South Korea. Right now, the good guys are winning. Ford has been giving GM a run for its money since the competition began. In October, Ford recorded...
  • Unpleasant surprise from new Ford automobile

    03/26/2011 7:49:43 AM PDT · by chickadee · 114 replies
    3/26/11 | Self
    Yesterday, I decided to take my relatively new car out for a spin. Due to a combination of ugly winter weather and health issues, I hadn't driven the car in a couple of months and wanted to give it a spin to keep its "juices" flowing. I got in the car and tried to start it. Nothing. All the symbols lit up and went nuts, but no sound of cranking. Fortunately, Ford gives new owners 5 years of Roadside Assistance. Ford's service responded quickly and professionally. The technician came prepared with a "box" to start the car in my garage....
  • Auto Union Looks to Recover Concessions From Ford During Contract Talks

    03/21/2011 6:12:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 21, 2011 | Judson Berger/FoxNews
    Now that Ford is back in the black, the United Auto Workers union wants to recover the perks it gave up over the past few years as the auto giant teetered on the brink of bankruptcy. Rhetoric is flaring ahead of negotiations this summer for the UAW's next four-year contract. More than 1,000 delegates from the union are meeting in Detroit this week to strategize for those negotiations. The talks will encompass labor agreements with the Big Three automakers, but Ford's impressive profits may make the company a target for union representatives looking for a bigger share of the wealth....
  • Ford warns electric cars may be only for the rich

    03/02/2011 3:45:10 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 64 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/2/2011 | Graham Ruddick, Geneva
    Ford's chief financial officer has warned predictions of a surge in electric car sales are "very ambitious", as next generation vehicles dominate the Geneva Motor Show. Lewis Booth, a Briton, raised concerns about their viability without state subsidies. Most leading car makers have unveiled new electric or hybrid models in Geneva, while BMW and Peugeot have confirmed a €100m (£85m) joint venture to develop electric technologies. However, Mr Booth said: "Electric vehicles at the moment are still very expensive and have limitations. There is a question mark about how long governments can subsidise vehicles when they are under so much...
  • Ford F-150 Used to Develop 40 MPG Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrain

    02/20/2011 6:08:28 AM PST · by saganite · 70 replies
    Pickup ^ | February 18, 2011 | Mike Levine
    Ford is working with the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power and Folsom Technologies to develop a prototype F-150 light-duty pickup truck propelled by a hydraulic hybrid powertrain. Hydraulic hybrids differ considerably from gas-electric hybrids, like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid, but the goal is the same: to improve fuel efficiency. “We have the potential to reach 40 miles per gallon or higher with hydraulic power,” said Perry Li, co-deputy director of CCEFP and a mechanical engineering professor. “But we feel like we don’t give up anything versus an electric hybrid, and there are no batteries and nothing to...
  • Protesters decry conservative desert retreat (rally was organized by liberal group Common Cause)

    01/30/2011 8:44:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/30/11 | Troy Anderson
    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – About 1,000 chanting protesters rallied on Sunday outside a California resort where conservative lawmakers and business executives met for a political strategy session hosted by billionaires Charles and David Koch. About two dozen police officers in riot gear lined up in front of the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in the upscale desert town of Rancho Mirage to keep the protesters away from the gated entrance. ... Another group, some dressed in hazardous material suits, tried to encircle the resort with yellow caution tape in a symbolic effort to "quarantine" the meeting, but they...
  • New Heroes vs. Old (Rockfeller & Ford made our lives better. Is it bad that they became rich?)

    01/25/2011 6:50:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/25/2011 | Thomas Sowell
    When I mention that my family used kerosene lamps when I was a small child in the South during the 1930s, that is usually taken as a sign of our poverty, though I never thought of us as poor at the time. What is ironic is that kerosene lamps were a luxury of the rich in the 19th century, before John D. Rockefeller came along. With the high price of kerosene at that time, an ordinary working man could not afford to stay up at night, burning this expensive fuel for hours at a time. Rockefeller did not begin his...
  • Our 2010 CEO of the Year Drives Success (Morningstar selects Ford's Alan Mulally)

    01/06/2011 9:17:46 AM PST · by taildragger · 5 replies
    Moringstar ^ | 01/05/11 | David Winston
    Our 2010 CEO of the Year Drives Success Mulally's achievements position Ford to thrive in a very hard industry. By David Whiston, CFA, CPA, CFE | 01-05-11 | 12:00 PM Alan Mulally of Ford Motor Company (F F) is the Morningstar 2010 CEO of the Year for good reason. Auto manufacturing is a tough industry in which few participants are able to garner long-term competitive advantages. It is a viciously cyclical business with high fixed costs and powerful unions to keep happy, and consumers have no reason to keep buying vehicles from the same manufacturer. As such, management prowess, or...
  • Obama Appoints Robert Ford as Ambassador to Syria

    12/30/2010 1:39:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 18+ views
    inn ^ | 12/30/10 | Chana Ya'ar
    The White House has announced the appointment of a new ambassador to Syria -- a controversial move by U.S. President Barack Obama, who used his Constitutional muscle on Wednesday to name the envoy while the Senate was not in session. The previous ambassador to Syria was withdrawn by former President George W. Bush in 2005 in response to the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, as well as its support for Saddah Hussein-sympathizers and terrorism in general. There were strong indications at the time that Syria was behind Hariri's murder, although Damascus denied involvement in the truck bombing. The...