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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 »

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 »

Ford recalls 2011 Explorers over seat issue

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1,600 just-built Explorers for a safety problem with the second row of seats.

Ford said in a filing with federal safety regulators that the seats may not provide the required strength in a crash. Get the full story »

Chevy Volt, Ford Explorer take Detroit’s top honors

The Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car, the centerpiece of General Motors’ comeback, was named North American Car of the Year Monday. Ford Motor Co.’s latest incarnation of its Explorer sport utility vehicle was named 2011 Truck of the Year, edging out the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango. Get the full story »

Hyundai, VW top insurance industry safe car list

Fast growing Korean manufacturer Hyundai Motor and its Kia Motors affiliate shared the top spot for crash safety in a broad review of 2011 models. (See the full list)

Volkswagen and its luxury Audi brand also were among the 66 passenger cars and sport utilities garnering the highest ratings published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Get the full story »

New Ford Explorer coming soon, adding jobs

The new Ford Explorer is set to be revealed Monday in Millennium Park at an event where Ford executives are expected to tout the new jobs the vehicle’s production will bring to the Chicago area.

The new vehicle will be produced in the company’s South Side assembly plant, bringing 1,200 jobs and essentially doubling the workforce at the plant by adding a second shift. In addition, more than 100 companies in 23 states are ramping up to produce parts and components for the new Explorer. Get the full story »