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Ford Motor

Founded by Henry Ford in 1903, Ford is the second biggest US carmaker. It weathered the Great Depression intact, but only survived the Global Financial Crisis by raising more than US$20 billion in cash and mortgaging its trademark blue oval. It was the only major US carmaker to avoid a US government bailout.

Australia loses last carmaker as Toyota plans exit by 2018

Toyota will close its Altona plant in Melbourne in 2017. Photo: EPA

Toyota Motor will stop making cars in Australia in less than four years, it said yesterday, banging the final nail in the coffin of the country's vehicle industry, despite appeals to stay by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 1:47am

China sales key to Ford's Asia target of 1 million cars this year

Ford hopes to boost its Asian sales by introducing new models, like the Fiesta. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Ford is catching up to its competitors in key Asian markets and expects to sell more than one million vehicles there for the first time this year, a senior executive said Wednesday.

Key to that growth is China, where Ford’s sales were up 51 per cent in the first nine months of the year to 647,849 vehicles, said David Schoch, Ford’s group vice-president for the Asia-Pacific region.

10 Oct 2013 - 10:56am

Ford says July China auto sales up 71pc

Ford has reported surging sales in China. Photo: Reuters

Ford Motor and its local partners in China sold a total of 72,834 vehicles on a wholesale basis in July, an increase of 71 per cent from a year earlier, the company said on Tuesday.

That compared to a 44 per cent increase in June.

6 Aug 2013 - 11:51am

Ford sues Japanese parts maker on claims of price-fixing

Ford says it spent more than US$10 billion on wire harnesses between roughly January 2000 and around February 2010. Photo: AP

Ford Motor has sued Japanese auto-parts supplier Fujikura Ltd, claiming a conspiracy to fix the prices of electrical systems used in vehicles, the latest civil lawsuit filed in the wake of a related criminal investigation by the US Justice Department.

18 Jul 2013 - 11:14am

Ford to close plants as Australian dollar hits sales

The Ford closures will see 1,200 employees lose their jobs.

Ford Australia faces costs double those in Europe and four times those of its Asian divisions, its local president Bob Graziano said yesterday as he announced the loss of 1,200 jobs from October 2016 at two plants in Melbourne and Geelong.

24 May 2013 - 2:31am

Ford's Indian advertising campaign ill-advised

Ford should have jumped on the brakes. Photo: Bloomberg

If it was publicity Ford Motors was seeking, it got it in trunk loads. For the launch of its Figo model, the Indian unit of the American carmaker must have wanted special attention paid to the bigger storage area.

30 Mar 2013 - 3:38am 2 comments

Ford steps on the gas for Hong Kong taxi market share

BYD might launch electric taxis after the Lunar New Year.

For the first time in a decade commuters will be spoiled for choice when hailing a taxi in the city. Following on the tail of carmakers BYD, Nissan, and a local Fiat dealer, the biggest commercial carmaker in the United States, Ford Motor, says it also wants a piece of Hong Kong's taxi market, which Toyota has dominated since 2003.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:44am

Ford board to set Mulally succession plan in motion

Ford Motor's board discussed a succession plan for chief executive Alan Mulally at its monthly meeting, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The board is preparing to promote Mark Fields to chief operating officer from president of the Americas as part of a plan to have him eventually succeed Mulally, said the person.

13 Oct 2012 - 5:19am

Ford tipped to sell dim sum bonds

Ford Motor is planning a dim sum bond issue worth 500 million yuan (HK$612 million) in Hong Kong to raise funds for its mainland expansion, a person familiar with the offering said.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ford to launch new 'global' Focus early next year

Ford Motor will launch the new generation of its best-selling Focus compact car on the mainland 'early next year', the first of 15 new models that will more than triple the Detroit car manufacturer's line-up in the world's biggest car market.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ford lines up new models to double sales

Ford Motor, a latecomer to the mainland vehicle market, aims to double sales this year by introducing new models and expanding its network of dealerships.

The company, which saw sales increase 113 per cent last year to 166,000 units on strong demand for its medium-sized Focus model, plans to add a new Mondeo and S-Max next year.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Ford to expand retail financing unit as sales soar

Ford Credit seen as key driver of carmaker's strategy in China

Ford Motor plans to expand its retail financing business in China to boost growth after robust first-quarter growth which saw sales increase 121 per cent year on year to 33,511 units, the company said yesterday.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am