(Posted on Mar 23, 2019 at 09:07PM by Danielle Smyth)
Since joining the company in May 2017, former Steelcase exec Jim Hackett’s mandate has been to push Ford employees to answer the question, “Do we have the score right?” In October 2017 Hackett described it as a “fitness push.”
Details of the Ford workout include:
Getting out of Brazil’s heavy truck segment and closing an underperforming Brazilian factory
A truck and van agreement with VW, although the only news on this venture is that the teams are working well and the VW/Ford $4 billion autonomous auto deal still doesn’t have any numbers attached to it
Closing down two Russian manufacturing facilities
An internal memo fell into the hands of The Detroit News recently. In it, Hackett said 2019 was the year Ford would turn “the corner toward a really bright future.” He also reminded employees that Ford’s been around for 115 years and survived more than one recession. But he also said that by 2021, 75% of Ford’s lineup will be new, including a new Bronco, another smaller off-roader, and an electric performance utility vehicle. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a classic Ford vehicle before the lineup is refreshed. Stop by Sound Ford today and test drive a 2019 Ford Ranger XL in Seattle, Washington.
(Posted on Mar 17, 2019 at 09:12AM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford’s just announced its Explorer Platinum and Limited Hybrid 4WD models will come with standard Michelin Selfseal® tires, also available as options on the Explorer Limited 2WD and 4WD models. “Nothing derails a family vacation like a flat tire,” said Joseph Billman, Ford wheel and tire engineer. “Explorer is the ultimate road trip family hauler – and it’s the perfect fit for these new Michelin Selfseal tires.”
These proprietary Michelin tires can seal 90 percent of tread punctures and slow the rate of air pressure loss to potentially as little as 15 pounds per square inch per week. This will help you avoid loss of vehicle control, dangerous roadside stops in unfamiliar territory, and interruptions that will delay your commute or put a damper on your vacation.
A sealant embedded in the tire surrounds nails or screws and seals the puncture to avoid air loss. It’s also designed to fill tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter if the object doesn’t stay embedded.
The sealant is environmentally friendly and the dramatic reduction in air loss means you won’t end up like “millions of every year on the side of the road, jack in hand and gravel on knees.”