Thursday, June 25, 2009

Green Partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy

Today, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Ford has been approved for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program. These are the loans that Congress authorized in conjunction with the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.
Seventy-five companies applied for these loans and we all should be proud that Ford Motor Company is one of the first automakers deemed by the government to be among the best companies with the best technologies in American manufacturing and fuel efficiency.
This green partnership with the U.S. government will help us accelerate the development of advanced technologies for even better fuel-efficiency and emissions.
As you well know, we are absolutely committed to fuel economy leadership with every new model we introduce. In fact, we are investing nearly $14 billion in advanced technology vehicles in the next seven years alone. Our partnership with the Department of Energy also will help retool our U.S. plants more quickly to produce fuel efficient vehicles and meet new, rigorous fuel-economy requirements.
In addition, this investment will provide our dealers with a complete product lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles using a variety of technologies to help meet the future needs of consumers.
We remain committed to providing fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles to consumers across our entire product lineup and this is another step toward achieving that objective.
Thank you for your business and support.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Kelly Blue Book announces BEST Redesigned Vehicle

December 10, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. — Kelley Blue Book announced the winner of its 2009 Best Redesigned Vehicle award, and receiving the accolade was the Ford F-150, which was honored for the second time. Since the award started in 2004, Ford models have taken it three times. Meanwhile, Chevrolet's Silverado and Malibu won in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and the Honda Civic received honors in 2006. "The all-new 2009 Ford F-150 doesn't just haul and tow more, it also does it better than its best competitors while still being comfortable and quiet on the highway and easy around town," commented Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book and "The multitude of options available on the new F-150, from three cab styles, four box options, seven trim levels, three V8 engine choices, combined with cool features like a SYNC/Sirius/Sony infotainment suite and integral tailgate step, helps to crown it our 2009 Kelley Blue Book Best Redesigned Vehicle," he continued. The Best Redesigned Vehicle award is designed to honor "improvement and superiority" in a specific model compared to its predecessor. Editors evaluated candidates for exterior and interior styling, technology, comfort and convenience features, performance/capability, driving dynamics, safety, fuel economy, overall refinement and value. In addition to the F-150, other finalists included the Acura TL, Acura TSX, Audi A4, Dodge Ram, Honda Fit, Mazda6, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano and Subaru Forester. "We were so impressed with the 2009 Ford F-150, we'd go so far as to say it isn't just a great truck, it's a step forward for what a vehicle can be," Nerad added. "Imagine a truck that can help you keep track of your tools and keep you aware of where your employees are, and you can see that the new F-150 brings with it world-class innovation." The complete list of Best Redesigned Vehicles since 2004 is as follows: 2009: Ford F-150 2008: Chevrolet Malibu 2007: Chevrolet Silverado 2006: Honda Civic 2005: Ford Mustang 2004: Ford F-150 "Each year, redesigned vehicle models improve with more standard features and exciting options, giving consumers great choices when it comes to shopping for a new car," Nerad pointed out. "These days, it's tough to find a new vehicle in any category or price-point that isn't up to par, so choosing a vehicle as the year's Best Redesign is a great challenge," he concluded.