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Ford Motor Company

American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit add

Category: Business (14)

Founded in 1907.

Countries: United States (35%), (26%), United Kingdom (8%)

Main connections: Ford Escape, Ford Fusion (Americas), Ford Fusion Hybrid

Linked to: Aston Martin, Jaguar Cars, Mazda, Land Rover

 

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1918

Henry Ford - Henry Ford turned the presidency of Ford Motor Company over to his son Edsel Ford in December 1918


1919

Ford Brasil - "'Ford Brasil"' is the subsidiary of American automaker Ford Motor Company, founded on April 24, 1919


1935

Datsun - By 1935, the company had established a true production line, following the example of Ford, and were producing a car closely resembling the Austin 7


1937

Jack Telnack - "'Jack Telnack"' is the former global Vice President of Design of the Ford Motor Company from 1980 to 1997


1939

The Mercury brand was introduced by Ford in 1939, continuing in production until 2011 when poor sales led to its discontinuation add something


1943

Henry Ford - When Edsel, president of Ford Motor Company, died of cancer in May 1943, the elderly and ailing Henry Ford decided to assume the presidency


1948

Robert E. Simanek - He graduated from high school there in 1948 and worked for the Ford Motor Company and General Motors before he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps on August 13, 1951


1950

Wendell E. Hulcher - During the early 1950s, he was employed as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, before taking a job as a manager at Ford Motor Company, which he held from 1954 to 1967

 

Francois Lehideux - Indeed the Ford Motor Company appointed him managing director of their French operations in 1950 in succession to Maurice Dollfus, a controversial decision that sparked a hostile reaction that encouraged Ford to sell its French arm to Simca in 1954

 

Bruce McCall - Without any serious technical training, McCall began his illustration career drawing cars for Ford Motor Company in Toronto in the 1950s


1953

Albert Overhauser - He was on the faculty at Cornell University from 1953 to 1958, and left to join the research staff at Ford Motor Company

 

V8 engine - This flat head engine powered almost all larger Ford cars through the 1953 production year, and was produced until around 1970 by Ford licensees around the world, with the valve-in-block engine powering mostly commercial vehicles


1955

Larry Shinoda - Shinoda attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles but was kicked out, and went to work first for Ford Motor Company in 1955, briefly with Packard, General Motors in late-1956


1956

Goldman Sachs - On the back of Weinberg, Goldman was lead advisor on the Ford Motor Company's IPO in 1956, which at the time was a major coup on Wall Street


1960

Volkswagen - Although the car was becoming outdated, during the 1960s and early 1970s, American exports, innovative advertising, and a growing reputation for reliability helped production figures surpass the levels of the previous record holder, the Ford Model T

 

V8 engine - Holden, including its performance vehicle operations Holden Racing Team and Holden Special Vehicles, has been manufacturing V8 performance vehicles since the late 1960s, as has Ford Australia

 

Mazda - Mazda's financial difficulties during the 1960s resulted in a new corporate investor, Ford Motor Company

 

V8 engine - The increasing size of full-size cars meant smaller models of car were introduced and became more popular, with the result, by the 1960s, Chrysler, Buick, Ford, and Chevrolet had two V8 model ranges


1964

Ron Gettelfinger - Gettelfinger started his union involvement in 1964 in Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky, at the Louisville, Kentucky Assembly Plant run by Ford Motor Company while working as a chassis line repairman


1965

Porsche 907 - This loophole was intended to fill the grid with cars dating mainly from 1965, like Ford GT40 and Lola T70


1966

Paul Buysse - He started his career in 1966 at Ford Motor Company, after which he joined British Leyland Belgium in 1976


1967

Porsche 907 - As the record-breaking performances of the 7,0L V8-powered Ford had triggered rumors about a future rule change, Porsche started to prepare themselves in summer of 1967

 

Ford of Europe - Ford of Europe was founded in 1967 on the merger of the British and German divisions of the Ford Motor Company

 

Harmonica Shah - He moved to Detroit in 1967, and worked for Ford Motors for fifteen years


1968

Jacques Nasser - Nasser had a long career at Ford Motor Company which he joined in 1968, rising to President and Chief Executive Officer where he served from 1998 to 2001


1970

Vauxhall Motors - By the end of the 1970s, Vauxhall had boosted its market share substantially, and was fast closing in on Ford and British Leyland

 

V8 engine - When U.S. production of the Cleveland V8 range ceased in the early 1970s, the tooling was moved to Australia where Ford Australia continued to produce a local version of the 351 and a unique-to-Australia 302 Cleveland


1973

Vauxhall Motors - By 1973, however, the Victor was losing sales in a market that was becoming increasingly dominated by the Ford Cortina


1974

Chevrolet Monte Carlo - The success of the Monte Carlo and Pontiac's similar Grand Prix led to several new personal luxury cars from competitors, including subsequent Mercury Cougar, the Ford Torino Elite, the Chrysler Cordoba and restyled Dodge Charger, and even high-line versions of the AMC Matador, which got a swoopy new coupe design for 1974


1979

Vauxhall Motors - By 1979, Vauxhall had increased its market share substantially; it was still some way behind Ford and British Leyland, but had overtaken Talbot


1980

Vauxhall Motors - The influence of the American parent was pervasive, and together with the Ford Motor Company, &Vauxhall's main competitor, led to a wave of American influenced styling in Europe that persisted through to the 1980s

 

BMW - Unlike U.S. manufacturers, such as Ford and GM, which divested from the country in the 1980s, BMW retained full ownership of its operations in South Africa


1981

Robert Sherwin - Sherwin earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Michigan in 1981, and in his early career, was a design engineer at Ford Motor Company, a systems consultant at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, and as the Vice President and Controller of Oral-B Laboratories


1982

Ayrton Senna - Senna went on to win the 1982 British and European Formula Ford 2000 championships under that surname


1983

Formula One - Since 1983, Formula One had been dominated by specialist race teams like Williams, McLaren, and Benetton, using engines supplied by large car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Renault, and Ford


1984

Vauxhall Motors - The Astra further strengthened its position in the market with an all-new 1984 model that featured an aerodynamic design reminiscent of Ford's larger Sierra


1987

Volkswagen do Brasil - Also of some interest in Volkswagen do Brasil's history is the AutoLatina arrangement between Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group, from 1987 to 1995

 

Aston Martin - Despite problems over the previous acquisition of AC Cars, Hayes saw the potential of the brand and the discussion resulted in Ford taking a share holding in September 1987

 

The Hertz Corporation - On December 30, 1987, Hertz was sold to 'Park Ridge Corporation', which was owned by Ford Motor Company and members of Hertz senior management


1988

De Tomaso - In 1988, when the supply of Ford 351 Cleveland engines from Australia ran out, De Tomaso began installing Ford 351 Windsor engines in the Pantera instead


1989

Jaguar Cars - Between Ford purchasing Jaguar in 1989 and selling it in 2008 it did not earn any profit for the Dearborn-based auto manufacturer


1990

Aston Martin - However, with engine rule changes for the 1990 season and the launch of the new Aston Martin Volante model, Ford provided the limited supply of Cosworth engines to the Jaguar cars racing team

 

De Tomaso - Incorporating a Marcello Gandini facelift, suspension redesign, partial chassis redesign and a new, smaller Ford engine, the Pantera 90 Si model was introduced in 1990

 

V8 engine - They had a contract with Ford in the 1990s to produce a V8 for the Ford Taurus SHO.


1991

Aston Martin - As the "small Aston" DB7 would require a large engineering input, Ford agreed to take full control of Aston Martin, and Gauntlett handed over the company chairmanship to Hayes in 1991

 

De Tomaso - The Guarà is available in coupé and barchetta versions and based on a Maserati competition car from 1991, the Guarà uses Ford and BMW parts in a composite body


1992

Nissan Motor Company - In 1992, Nissan relaunched its Terrano four-wheel drive, which was cosmetically and mechanically identical to the Ford Maverick


1993

Andrew Card - From 1993 to 1998, Card was President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association , the trade association whose members were Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation

 

Nissan Motor Company - From 1993 to 2002, Nissan partnered with Ford to market the Mercury Villager and the Nissan Quest

 

Vauxhall Motors - In 1993, the Cavalier was firmly re-established as Britain's most popular large family car, with more than 130,000 sales, while the third generation Astra with 100,000 sales was continuing to narrow the gap between itself and the best-selling Ford Escort


1994

Aston Martin - From 1994 until 2007, Aston Martin was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company, becoming part of Ford's Premier Automotive Group when it was formed in 2000

 

Aston Martin - In 1994, Ford opened a new factory at Banbury Road in Bloxham


1995

Rock River Music - Founded in 1995 by Jeff Daniel and Billy Straus, Rock River Music produces music-based products, advertising campaigns and promotions for clients such as Pottery Barn, adidas, Gap, Ford Motor Company, &Holiday_Inn and others


1997

Jiangling Motors - The company has operated a commercial vehicle joint venture with Ford Motor Company since 1997

 

Stewart Grand Prix - The team competed in F1, as the Ford works-supported team, for only three seasons, from 1997 to 1999

 

Stewart Grand Prix - With backing from Ford, Stewart GP entered the 1997 Australian Grand Prix with drivers Rubens Barrichello and Jan Magnussen


1998

PSA Peugeot Citroen - The company has a partnership with Ford Motor Company since 1998, currently supplies and receives a range of petrol and diesel engines to Ford and its subsidiaries

 

Stewart Grand Prix - After Ford acquired Cosworth in July 1998, they risked designing and building a brand-new engine for 1999


1999

Stewart Grand Prix - At the end of 1999, Ford bought the team outright and it was renamed Jaguar Racing

 

Vauxhall Motors - Despite this, Vauxhall was competing strongly in the sales charts, and by 1999, was closer to Ford in terms of sales figures than it had been in years

 

Jaguar Cars - In 1999 it became part of Ford's new Premier Automotive Group along with Aston Martin, Volvo Cars and, from 2000, Land Rover

 

Jaguar Cars - In the 1999, Ford decided that Jaguar would be the corporation's Formula One entry

 

Jaguar Cars - Under Ford's ownership Jaguar expanded its range of products with the launch of the S-Type in 1999 and X-type in 2001

 

Vauxhall Motors - Yet it was still hugely popular, and for a while after the 1999 facelift, it was actually more popular than Ford's highly acclaimed Mondeo


2000

Stewart Grand Prix - After Ford increased its commitment by buying the team out, it became known as Jaguar Racing for the 2000 season

 

Harley-Davidson - In 2000, Ford Motor Company added a Harley-Davidson edition to the Ford F-Series F-150 line, complete with the Harley-Davidson logo

 

Land Rover - In 2000, Rover Group was broken-up by BMW and Land Rover was sold to Ford Motor Company, becoming part of its Premier Automotive Group

 

Jaguar Cars - Since Land Rover's May 2000 purchase by Ford, it has been closely associated with Jaguar

 

Ulrich Bez - Before he became the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. in July 2000, he was a business advisor to the Ford Motor Company


2002

Nissan Motor Company - In 2002, Ford discontinued the Villager to make room for its Freestar and Monterey

 

One Equity Partners - In 2002, former Ford Motor Company CEO Jacques Nasser joined One Equity

 

Societe Generale - In 2002, it continued to pursue its external growth strategy by purchasing Hertz Lease, a European subsidiary specializing in long-term leasing and fleet management for Ford Motor Company vehicles

 

Jenna Edwards - It has been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and in "People" Magazine and won the Ford Motor Company's "Commitment to Kids" Award in 2001


2003

V8 engine - The performance arm of Ford Australia, Ford Performance Vehicles , has since 2003 resurged in the market with the Falcon BA and BF based models, and the FG series


2004

Jaguar Cars - At the end of 2004, with costs mounting and Ford's profits dwindling, the F1 team was seen as an unneeded expense and was sold to Red Bull energy drinks owner Dietrich Mateschitz, and it became Red Bull Racing

 

Nissan Motor Company - Nissan brought out a new version of the Quest in 2004, which was designed in-house and no longer bore any relation to Ford's models

 

Aston Martin - In October 2004, the company set up the dedicated AMEP engine production plant within the Ford Germany Niehl, Cologne plant


2005

Land Rover - BMW and Ford had previously retained ownership of the Rover brand to protect the integrity of the Land Rover brand, with which 'Rover' might be confused in the US 4x4 market; the Rover brand was originally used under license by MG Rover until it collapsed in 2005, at which point it was re-acquired by the Ford Motor Company owned Land Rover Limited

 

Land Rover - In 2005, under Ford ownership, Land Rover became more interested in the club environment

 

Vauxhall Motors - It was an instant hit with British buyers, and was the nation's second best-selling car in 2005 and 2006, giving the all-conquering Ford Focus its strongest competitor yet

 

Freeman Thomas - Thomas moved to the Ford Motor Company, taking up the role of Director, Strategic Design for North America on 1 June 2005


2006

Bobby East - East currently is a member of Ford Motor Company's driver development program and competed in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2006 for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing as a teammate to fellow rookie Marcos Ambrose

 

Land Rover - In 2006 Ford purchased the Rover brand from BMW for around £6 million

 

Aston Martin - In 2006, an internal audit led Ford to consider divesting itself of parts of its Premier Automotive Group

 

Aston Martin - After suggestions of selling Jaguar Cars, Land Rover, or Volvo Cars were weighed, Ford announced in August 2006 it had engaged UBS AG to sell all or part of Aston Martin at auction


2007

David Mamet - In 2007, Mamet directed two television commercials for Ford Motor Company

 

Martin Smith (designer) - Under Smith's leadership, the Ford of Europe design team rolled out Kinetic Design onto numerous models including: the 2007 Ford C-MAX Facelift, 2008 Ford Focus Facelift, 2008 Ford Fiesta, 2008 Ford Ka, 2009 Ford C-MAX, and 2012 Ford B-MAX

 

Land Rover - In June 2007, Ford Motor Company announced its plan to sell Land Rover, along with Jaguar

 

Jaguar Cars - On 11 June 2007, Ford announced that it planned to sell Jaguar, along with Land Rover and retained the services of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and HSBC to advise it on the deal


2008

Volkswagen - After overtaking Ford in 2008, Volkswagen became the third largest automaker in the world

 

Jaguar Cars - On 1 January 2008, Ford formally declared that Tata was the preferred bidder

 

Magna International - The Sunday Telegraph in London reported January 7, 2008 that Magna International was on the short list of bidders to purchase Aston Martin Lagonda Limited from Ford Motor Company

 

Land Rover - In March 2008, Ford announced that it had agreed to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Tata Motors, and that the sale was expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2008

 

Jaguar Cars - On 26 March 2008, Ford announced that it had agreed to sell its Jaguar and Land Rover operations to Tata Motors of India, and that they expected to complete the sale by the end of the second quarter of 2008

 

Land Rover - In June 2008, Ford sold both Land Rover and Jaguar Cars to Tata Motors


2009

Starting 2009, the Ford Transit Connect was Ford's first model produced in Craiova, followed, in 2012, by low-capacity car engines and a new small class car, the B-Max add something


2010

Eddie Bauer - The company selectively licenses the Eddie Bauer brand name and logo for various products sold through other companies including eyewear, furniture, bicycles, and, up until the 2010 model year, upper level versions of Ford Motor Company's Explorer, Expedition and Excursion SUVs


2011

Ford plans to have 10,000 Focus EVs on the road beginning in late 2011 in partnership with Magna International and it will be a global vehicle that will be sold in the three key markets of North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific add something

 

In 2011, Ford discontinued the Mercury brand, under which it had marketed entry-level luxury cars in the United States since 1938 add something

 

In 2011, J.D. Power ranked Ford 23rd in initial quality, a drop from fifth in 2010 add something

 

In addition, Ford's assembly plants near Mexico City, Mexico, and in Louisville, Kentucky, will convert from pickups and SUVs to small cars, including the Ford Fiesta, by 2011 add something

 

The North American Focus EV is based on next generation Focus fuel vehicle, converted to an electric propulsion system as a Production EV by Magna International, and is planned to be launched in late 2011 add something

 

They have announced local manufacturing of the Focus small car starting from 2011 add something

 

Nissan Motor Company - Nissan was the sixth largest automaker in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, and Ford in 2011

 

On July 28, 2011, Ford India signs MoU with the State of Gujarat to build assembly and engine plant in Sanand and will invest approximately on a 460-acre site add something


2012

As of 2012 Ford Motor Company sells a broad range of automobiles under the Ford marque worldwide, and an additional range of luxury automobiles under the Lincoln marque in the United States add something

 

Ford will introduce to North America six of its European small vehicles, including two versions of the Ford Fiesta, by the end of 2012 add something

 

In 2012, Ford's corporate bonds were upgraded from junk to investment grade again, citing sustainable, lasting improvements add something

 

Toyota - In October 2012, Toyota announced a recall of 7,43 million vehicles worldwide to fix malfunctioning power window switches, the largest recall since that of Ford Motor Company in 1996

 

On October 24, 2012, Ford announced that it would be closing its Genk assembly plant in eastern Belgium by the end of 2014 add something

 

On October 29, 2012, Ford announced the sale of its climate control components business, its last remaining automotive components operation, to Detroit Thermal Systems LLC for an undisclosed price add something

 

On November 1, 2012, Ford announced that CEO Alan Mulally will stay with the company until 2014 add something


2013

Ford had 2,5 percent of the Chinese market in 2013, while VW controlled 14,5 percent and GM had 15,6 percent, according to consultant LMC Automotive add something

 

Tom Chilton - After the season, the Arena Motorsport suspended their WTCC programme after losing technical backing from Ford and closed down, leaving Chilton without a drive for 2013

 

Aston Martin - Aston Martin V8 and V12 engines are still manufactured by Ford in Cologne, Germany by an agreement that lasts until 2013

 

Cargill - If it were a public company, it would rank, as of 2013, number 9 on the Fortune 500, behind Valero Energy and ahead of Ford Motor Company

 

On April 30, 2013, Ford Motor Co. launched their car and truck line in Myanmar add something

 

Senior Ford marketer Mark Jones explained in May 2013 the process behind the two sponsorship deals: add something


2014

Members of the Ford board as of July 2014 are: Richard A. Gephardt, Stephen Butler, Ellen Marram, Kimberly Casiano, Mark Fields , Edsel Ford II, Homer Neal, William Clay Ford Jr. , Anthony F. Earley, Jr., James P. Hackett, John L. Thornton, James H. Hance, Jr., William W. Helman IV, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., John C. Lechleiter and Gerald L. Shaheen add something


2016

Ford performance director Dave Pericak said: "That confidence extends from our upcoming racing effort at Le Mans in 2016 with the all-new Ford GT, to the Ford Performance vehicle lineup, including Shelby GT350 and F-150 Raptor" add something

 

The scheduled closure of Ford's Australian manufacturing base in 2016 was confirmed in late May 2013 add something

 

Ford bought a Tesla Model X in March 2016, commenting "It is a common industry practice among many automakers to buy production vehicles for testing as soon as they are released" add something

 

When asked about a battery-electric vehicle with a range, Fields said in April 2016 "Clearly that's something we're developing for" add something

 

On September 2016, the company announced that it will acquire San Francisco shuttle startup Chariot and team up with New York bike-sharing firm Motivate to expand its services to more cities throughout the Bay Area add something

 

The closure of Fords plants in Norlane Geelong and Broadmeadows Melbourne occurred on October 7, 2016 add something


2017

In May 2017, Ford announced cuts to its global workforce amid efforts to address the company's declining share price and to improve profits add something

 

In October 2017, Ford announced its Team Edison battery-electric vehicle group to lead the company's renewed efforts into the EV market, in which it currently offers only the Focus subcompact and has plans for a small 300-mile SUV by 2020 add something


2018

On April 25, 2018, Ford announced that it planned to phase out the majority of its automobile lineup in North America, besides the Mustang and the "Active" crossover version of the next-generation Ford Focus, to focus primarily on trucks and SUVs add something

 

But on August 31, 2018, Ford announced that the Focus Active will not go on sale in North America because of the tariffs that would be placed on vehicles built overseas, as the Focus Active is being built in China and later announced in a statement on September 10, 2018 that they have no plans to build it in the United States add something

 

In September 2018, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany, Ford introduced an electric tractor trailer concept vehicle dubbed the F-Vision, which would have Level 4 autonomous driving capability add something

 

Members of the Ford board as of October 2018 are: Stephen Butler, Kimberly Casiano, Anthony F. Earley, Jr., Edsel Ford II, William Clay Ford Jr. , Jim Hackett , William W. Helman IV, William E. Kennard, John C. Lechleiter, Ellen Marram, John L. Thornton, John Veihmeyer, Lynn Vojvodich, and John S. Weinberg add something


2019

In May 2019, Ford announced its partnership with startup company, Agility Robotics to research and test how an autonomous vehicle can work with a two-legged robot to solve the last mile delivery problem add something