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Ford’s new Taurus to get 31 mpg

The 2013 Ford Taurus. (Ford Motor Co.)

Ford Motor Co. unveiled a more fuel-efficient version of its flagship sedan, the Taurus, aimed at attracting consumers sensitive to rising fuel prices.

The 2013 Ford Taurus is expected to get at least 31 miles per gallon on the highway and can be outfitted with two different types of engines, Ford executives said at an event linked to the New York auto show. Get the full story »

Ford F150 recall greatly expanded

Ford Motor Co. and U.S. safety regulators have agreed to a greatly expanded recall of the best-selling vehicle in North America, the Ford F-150 pickup truck, the regulators said on Thursday. Get the full story »

Ford resisting push to expand F-150 recall

From the Detroit News | Ford Motor Co. and federal regulators remain in talks over whether the automaker should expand a recall of F-150 pickups over dozens of reports that air bags have deployed without warning. Get the full story »

March auto sales gains riding in small cars

Most major automakers raced past expectations for U.S. sales in March as buyers flocked to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars in response to rising gasoline prices at the pump. Get the full story »

Ford’s Mulally pay package up 48%

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally’s total compensation rose 48 percent to $26.5 million in 2010 when the automaker reported its best net profit in a decade. Get the full story »

Some Fords won’t be painted black due to quake

Ford Motor Co. is limiting the production of certain colors of some trucks and other models because the earthquake and tsunami in Japan have disrupted the supply of pigments used in automobile paints, the auto maker told U.S. dealers on Thursday. Get the full story »

UAW boss: Ford CEO’s pay ‘morally wrong’

Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Co., presenting the new Ford Sync system in Germany earlier this month. (Gallup/Getty)

United Auto Workers President Bob King went on the attack at the lucrative pay package of the Ford Motor CEO, saying it was ‘morally wrong’ that Mulally received stock worth about $54.5 million from the company.

“I think Alan Mulally is a great CEO, but I don’t think any human being in the world deserves that much money. I think it’s outrageous,“ said King, speaking to reporters during a three-day union convention in Detroit. King’s remarks come as the union prepares for the first set of labor negotiations with U.S. automakers since the bankruptcies at General Motors and Chrysler Group. Get the full story »

Tires on Ford F-250s, F-350s being recalled

Continental AG’s North American unit is recalling about 391,000 tires, most of which were put on new Ford Motor Co F-250 and F-350 heavy duty pickup trucks, U.S. regulators said on Friday.

About 330,000 were put on the new trucks, and some were sold as replacements, Continental said of the tires made in Mexico from May 2007 to September 2008.

Ford’s Lincoln tops in vehicle dependability

Ford’s Lincoln luxury car brand scored No. 1 in dependability in the latest annual survey from J.D. Power and Associates, its first time in the top spot.

The survey asks owners of three-year-old cars how many problems they’ve had with their vehicles. The results are then tallied in terms of the problems per 100 vehicles. Get the full story »

Ford CEO Mulally gets $56.5M in stock award

Ford Motor Co. has rewarded CEO Alan Mulally with stock worth $56.5 million before taxes.

Fuel leak risk, electrical issue prompt Ford recall

Ford recalled more than 34,000 vehicles worldwide spanning eight vehicle models due to the risk of a fuel leak or electrical issues.

The automaker is recalling 25,000 Ford Ranger trucks, including 23,688 in the United States, because the protective layer of an engine fuel line near the throttle body shield may not be properly installed. Eventually, this could lead to a fuel leak, Ford said in a notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website Wednesday. Get the full story »

Ford to offer Mercury owners loyalty incentives

The Mercury logo on a sign outside of a San Francisco Ford Lincoln Mercury in June 2010. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ford Motor Co. is offering Mercury owners $500 toward the purchase of a new Ford vehicle and as much as $1,500 to buy a Lincoln as the auto maker looks to retain customers after dissolving the brand last year.

The customer loyalty incentive, which started earlier this week, runs through April 4, according to three dealers briefed on the rebate. The offer is confined to the Midwest states which had been the heart of the Mercury market.

This is one of the first steps Ford has taken to reach out to Mercury customers after the auto maker stopped producing Mercury vehicles at the end of last year. The move also comes as stand-alone Lincoln dealers, those without a Ford franchise, adjust to life minus their Mercury showrooms which helped pull in shoppers. Get the full story »

Ford recalling 150K F-150s for air bag fix

Under government pressure, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning. The recall covers trucks from the 2005-2006 model years in the United States and Canada for what the auto company calls a “relatively low risk” of the air bag deploying inadvertently. Get the full story »

Chicago OKs contract for 280 car charging stations

A residential electric car charging station in Washington D.C. (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty)

By the end of this year, Chicagoans will not only be able to purchase and drive electric vehicles, but also charge those vehicles in the time it takes to finish a cup of coffee.

The city of Chicago has awarded a $1.9 million contract to a California firm to install 280 electric vehicle charging stations in Chicago and surrounding suburbs by the end of 2011.

The contract — paid for with equal state and federal dollars though a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — means the city has cleared a major hurdle on the road to widespread electric vehicle adoption. Get the full story »

Ford marketing chief outlines social media strategy

Touting the auto as the ultimate mobile device, Ford marketing chief Jim Farley outlined the automaker’s social media strategy to open the media preview of the 2011 Chicago auto show Wednesday.

“Social media events such as the Explorer’s Go Do Adventure will let millions of people spend time with our cars,” he said.

“With 500 million people on Facebook, we can reach more potential customers in a more personal way,” Farley said of the company’s move to new media. Its latest efforts are centered on the Ford Focus and the Chicago-built Ford Explorer that arrive at dealerships next month. Get the full story »