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Ford, Geely deal on Volvo sale expected on February 8

Reports from within China suggest a deal between Ford Motor Co and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co over the sale of Volvo could be signed on February 8. The Hangzhou-based Geely is expected to pay between $1.7 billion to $2.2 billion for the embattled Swedish manufacturer, more than $5 billion less than Ford bought it for in 1999...

Ford introduces incentive program as Toyota recalls spread

Following the lead of General Motors, Ford US has introduced an even more aggressive incentive program to encourage Japanese car buyers to abandon their brands in the wake of Toyota’s accelerator recall issues. From today until March 1, Ford is offering US$1000 rebates to owners of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles as well as Honda and Acura cars made within the last 15 years...

Ford Territory achieves five-star ANCAP rating

Ford's Territory SUV has received the maximum five-star safety rating in the latest round of ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) testing. The five-star ANCAP safety rating applies to the entire Territory range (from January 2010 production onwards), following the addition of a front passenger seatbelt reminder as standard equipment...

Ken Block to take on the WRC with Ford

Ken Block has handed in the keys to his usual ride – a Subaru Impreza WRX STI – and stepped into a rally-spec Ford Fiesta as part of a new deal with Ford which will see him compete in the Rally America Championship as well as the FIA 2010 World Rally Championship...

Ford Mondeo voted best fleet car in UK poll

Another day and another poll out of the UK, and while it seems these guys spend more time voting than driving, there are at least enough people left out on the roads to see Ford's Mondeo become their most popular fleet car. According to industry publication FleetDirectory, the Mondeo topped a shortlist of twenty popular models taking an impressive 20 per cent of the vote in a recent online poll...

Ford phasing out four- & five-speed automatic transmissions, impact on local supplier minimal

Ford Australia is running out the four-speed and five-speed automatic transmissions fitted to its locally made Falcon and Territory and replacing them with an internally sourced six-speed unit. The new six-speed – different to the German-manufactured ZF currently used by Ford – is expected to appear in the diesel Territory and four-cylinder EcoBoost Falcon from next year...

Can't afford a Veyron? How about this nice Bugatti pen

So you'd like to own something with a Bugatti nameplate, but the Veyron is just a little out of reach? Well, fear no longer! Bugatti has commissioned Italy's Ferrari da Varese (no, the company has no ties with the rival supercar company from Maranello) to create this stunning bespoke pen, yours for the bargain price of AUD$16,232...

Ford invests US$450M in hybrid, electric technology

Ford Executive Chairman, Bill Ford, has announced that his company will invest another US$450 million (AUD$489 million) in the short term to develop hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) technology. It takes the company’s total investment to US$1 billion ($1.09 billion) when added to the US$550 million earlier slated for the overhaul of the Michigan Assembly Plant...

Ford Falcon's Australian-made future in doubt says CEO

Ford’s CEO has given the strongest indication yet that the all-Australian Falcon could be dead within five years. Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Alan Mulally said his company was committed to its “ONE Ford” strategy, which allows for just one global large car platform...

Ford US to increase full-size SUV production

With all the morning’s news from Detroit having a distinct green tinge to it, the latest filthy, gas-guzzling announcement from Ford is somewhat refreshing. Ford Motor Company in the US is about to significantly step up its production of full-size SUVs due to increasing demand and low supply from an industry shying away from the classic American tank...

2011 Ford Focus revealed in Detroit

Ford has previewed a sleeker and more sporty version of its brand new global Focus small car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit today. Production of the four-door sedan and five-door hatch will begin in Europe and North America late this year for an early 2011 launch, with delivery to South American, African, Asian and Australian markets to follow soon after...