Ford is betting big on sport-utility vehicles. Predicting increased demand from Millenials starting families and Baby Boomers who want to continue driving utes, the Blue Oval will add four new SUV nameplates to its global lineup in the next four years. Ford US sales and marketing vice president Mark LaNeve is expected to lay out the plans Thursday morning at the Chicago Auto Show. Specifics
The Basics: Ford will recall 391,394 examples of the 2004-2006 Ranger pickup, all of which were built in North American factories. The campaign includes 361,692 vehicles in the US, 29,334 in Canada, 303 in emerging markets, 54 in Asia, and 1 in South America. The Problem: The pickups contain driver side Takata airbag inflators that could rupture in a crash. Injuries/Deaths: The faulty parts
Ford is bringing a whole mess of custom crossovers to SEMA this year. We saw a few modified Edge Sports last week, but now it's time for its bigger brother to shine. To that end, Ford is showcasing a trio of Explorer Sport crossovers it's preparing for the Vegas tuner expo. The orange All Star Performance model is designed as "the ultimate road trip vehicle no matter the destination."
Ford likes what it has seen with the use of aluminum in its world-beating F-150 pickup trucks. Now, the Blue Oval is working with Alcoa to use that company's Micromill material to increase the amount of aluminum in Ford vehicles. In fact, Ford will start using Micromill on 2016 model-year F-150s later this year, and will double the material's use in 2017. The purpose, as you might suspect, is