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January 2003:"Ford Motor Company is a family of consumer-focused vehicle and service brands. Vehicle brands include not only Ford but Mazda, Mercury, Lincoln and the Premier Automotive Group: Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. Service brands include Ford Credit, Hertz, and QualityCare."

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2012: "Those hopes were once more focused on automakers, which for decades have pushed cities and states to set up incentive programs, blazing a trail that companies of all sorts followed. Even today, G.M. is the top beneficiary, public records indicate. It received at least $1.7 billion in local incentives in the last five years, followed closely by Ford and Chrysler."

September 2008: 'Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic goes on sale in November. But here's the catch: Despite the car's potential to transform Ford's image and help it compete with Toyota Motor (TM) and Honda Motor (HMC) in its home market, the company will sell the little fuel sipper only in Europe. "We know it's an awesome vehicle," says Ford America President Mark Fields. "But there are business reasons why we can't sell it in the U.S." The main one: The Fiesta ECOnetic runs on diesel.'

July 2008: "Because of their union contracts, G.M., Ford and Chrysler are obligated to pay workers more than half of their regular take-home wages, plus health benefits, with state unemployment benefits picking up a portion of the rest."

February 2008: "Ford found this out last month when Cafe Press, a Web site that lets customers create products, prevented a group called The Black Mustang Club (BMC) from producing a calendar featuring photographs of members and their Ford Mustangs because of trademark restrictions. Suddenly Ford had 9,000 angry BMC members and thousands more furious copyright activists to deal with. A decision Ford hadn't been part of became a public relations mess that leaked all over the Internet. Protecting trademarks is a difficult balancing act."

May 2006: "Ford is battling for survival, and every $850 million helps. It would have been remiss not to have taken advantage of the idiotic legislation that Congress adopted and that President Bush signed despite objections from his Treasury Department and Council of Economic Advisers."

December 2005: Ford Motor Co. yesterday said it will resume advertising Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in gay-themed publications, following an outpouring of fury from gay groups that said Ford's recent decision to pull the ads fed anti-gay sentiment and emboldened enemies of gay rights.

January 2005: Abandoning its attempt to reclaim electric-powered pickup trucks from individuals who had leased the vehicles, the Ford Motor Company said last week that it would allow leaseholders of its Ford Ranger EV to purchase their vehicles.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Ford Motor Credit Co. Organization Jun 6, 2005
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Hertz Corporation Organization May 14, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Jaguar Cars Limited Organization May 14, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Land Rover Group Organization May 14, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Mazda Motor Corporation Organization May 14, 2006
Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) Organization Feb 16, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Mark Fields Person Sep 17, 2008
Founded/Co-Founded by Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Henry Ford Person May 14, 2006

Articles and Resources

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Jul 10, 2016 Police used a robot to kill -- The key questions

QUOTE: While there are links to the discussion on the future of killer robots, known as LAWS (lethal autonomous weapons systems), there are also three important differences to keep in mind.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 01, 2012 As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price

QUOTE: states, counties and cities are giving up more than $80 billion each year to companies. The beneficiaries come from virtually every corner of the corporate world, encompassing oil and coal conglomerates, technology and entertainment companies, banks and big-box retail chains. The cost of the awards is certainly far higher....A portrait arises of mayors and governors who are desperate to create jobs, outmatched by multinational corporations and short on tools to fact-check what companies tell them....Many of the officials said they feared that companies would move jobs overseas if they did not get subsidies in the United States. Over the years, corporations have increasingly exploited that fear, creating a high-stakes bazaar where they pit local officials against one another to get the most lucrative packages.

New York Times
May 19, 2012 Sites receive legal threats for linking: What If The Google Penguin Update Inadvertently Killed The Web As We Know It?

QUOTE: I’m not suggesting Google has some plot to kill the web. However, many businesses rely on Google and people are freaking out about backlinks. Some are going so far as to threaten legal action if links are not removed. Links. If such legal action ever resulted in the outlawing of links in any capacity, the web as we know it could be put into great jeopardy. People would be afraid to link. I don’t think Google intends for anything like that to happen, but people don’t always respond to things in the most rational of ways.

Jul 18, 2009 Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks (Driven to Distraction Part 2 of 3)

QUOTE: [Americans] increasingly use phones, navigation devices and even laptops to turn their cars into mobile offices, chat rooms and entertainment centers, making roads more dangerous. A disconnect between perception and reality worsens the problem. New studies show that drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it.

New York Times
Nov 26, 2008 Dumb And Dumber--And Dumbest

QUOTE: the inexplicably callous, clueless and trust-destructing behavior we have recently seen from so many big businesses that have been central players in this unprecedented economic meltdown.

Nov 20, 2008 Hurt by Losses, Pension Funds Criticize Rules

QUOTE: Stung by outsize investment losses, some of the nation’s biggest companies are pushing Congress to roll back rules requiring them to put more money into their pension funds, just two years after President Bush signed a law meant to strengthen the pension system....With cash now in short supply for companies, they are asking Congress to excuse them from having to replenish the required amounts.

New York Times
Jul 03, 2008 The Struggles of Detroit Ensnare Its Workers

QUOTE: Their pickups and sport utility vehicles are not selling, and now General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler have to pay thousands of auto workers not to make them. With more than 15 of their assembly plants across the country set to be idled or slowed because of shift cutbacks, the Detroit automakers will temporarily lay off upward of 25,000 auto workers this summer and fall. Because of their union contracts, G.M., Ford and Chrysler are obligated to pay workers more than half of their regular take-home wages, plus health benefits, with state unemployment benefits picking up a portion of the rest.

New York Times
Feb 25, 2008 Pirates of the Third Screen: Why treating customer marketers like thieves could turn them into an angry mob

QUOTE: Last month's online scrap between Scrabble trademark owners Hasbro and Mattel, and the makers of Scrabulous, an unauthorized online version of Scrabble, has some implications for the future of mobile marketing. As far as Hasbro and Mattel were concerned, Scrabulous was a simple case of piracy. But what they saw as a threat should have been a triple-word score. Someone else had created a digital version of Scrabble, and amassed 2.3 million people who played it every day. It was an amazing user-generated ad campaign. All Hasbro and Mattel had to do was swoop in with their checkbooks and make it legit. Instead, they fired their self-proclaimed agency, an army of passionate Scrabble fans.

Sep 27, 2007 GM, Union Agree on Contract to End Strike: Deal Seen as Model Across Industries

QUOTE: The 1950 deal set relations between the UAW and Detroit's Big Three for the second half of the 20th century. It established a blue-collar middle class but became increasingly oppressive to automakers faced with floods of cheaper, popular imports. At the core of the new deal is the transfer of retiree health-care payments from GM to the UAW. GM will pay an estimated $35 billion into a trust designed to appreciate in value and pay health-care benefits for retired workers for at least the next 80 years, the union estimated. In return, GM is able to unload a $51 billion burden in retiree health-care obligations from its books...

Washington Post
Jul 23, 2007 Hard bargaining ahead in Detroit: As talks begin over autoworkers' contracts, the industry's generous benefits are under scrutiny.

QUOTE: In this summer's negotiations, the companies and the union are considering a way to lessen this load without abandoning legions of retirees.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 17, 2007 After Years of Labor Gains, Autoworkers Face Losses

QUOTE: The Detroit automakers, which collectively lost $16 billion last year, and investors are demanding ... a transformational labor contract that would slash costs and free up cash ... Some union members ... say they would rather give up some of their historically generous benefits than risk losing them if one or more companies go out of business.

Washington Post
Jun 30, 2007 Delphi Workers Accept Pay Cuts

QUOTE: This week, less than a month before the U.A.W. begins negotiating a new contract with Detroit’s automakers, its members at the Delphi Corporation voted to accept some of the largest concessions that the union has ever given to an employer — and cuts that its leaders had vowed to fight, even if a strike proved necessary.

New York Times
Jun 14, 2007 Senators Try to Limit Fuel-Efficiency Rules

QUOTE: Allies of the U.S. auto industry stepped up a campaign yesterday to soften strict vehicle fuel-efficiency mandates in proposed energy legislation before the Senate, even as momentum for the tougher measures continued to build. Sens. Carl M. Levin and Debbie Stabenow, the two Democrats from Michigan, and Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) are leading the effort to craft an amendment that opponents say would water down measures already approved by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Washington Post
Jun 06, 2007 The Equality Quagmire

QUOTE: [Economic inequality] promises to be a hot issue in the 2008 election. Until now, most economists have blamed the growing pay gap on skill differences caused by the explosion of computer technologies. Levy and Temin contend (correctly) that this is too simple; they also blame a shift in social norms and business practices.

Washington Post
May 29, 2007 Fighting for the Right to Make Big Cars: With ads that pull at the heartstrings of truck and SUV lovers, automakers battle Congress' fuel economy bill

QUOTE: {New ads are] warning that possible new laws could raise prices for trucks and make it harder for safety-obsessed families to get bigger cars...Environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists are speaking out against the campaign, which they say is dangerously misleading to consumers.

Mar 28, 2007 Auto Union Head Vows Hard Line Against Concessions

QUOTE: Mr. Gettelfinger has shown that he will not simply give in to whatever the automakers demand, no matter how much executives insist they need help from the union. Last year, the U.A.W. refused to help the Chrysler Group reduce health care costs, a move analysts say contributed to the decision by Chrysler’s parent, the German automaker DaimlerChrysler, to explore selling the unit...But many union members fear a new labor agreement will contain more bad news, given that all three Detroit automakers lost more than $1 billion in 2006 — Ford lost a record $12.7 billion — and have begun major overhauls.

New York Times
Jan 22, 2007 Driving for Dollars: Would a Porsche at any other other price drive as sweet?

QUOTE: it's hard to know when we're paying for image and when we're paying for usable features. Consider the issue of upscale clones -- cars that are essentially the same when it comes to engineering and many of the basic mechanicals...
Aug 31, 2006 Dual-Fuel Vehicles Open Mileage Loophole for Carmakers

QUOTE: As car companies promote E-85 as an alternative to gasoline, they are benefiting at the same time from a loophole that allows them to receive credits toward environmental standards when they sell flexible-fuel vehicles that run on the ethanol-based fuel.

New York Times
Aug 31, 2006 Focus on the Family: Ford's attempt at edgy advertising prompts debate.

QUOTE: While there were those who criticize Ford for treading down a slippery moral slope, most readers applaud a company willing to acknowledge the statistical and social realities of divorce—and, more important, provide a role model for divorced couples who engage with one another in a civil manner.

Aug 19, 2006 Detroit Waves Flag That No Longer Flies: Congress Embraces Jobs, Growth Created by Foreign Carmakers

QUOTE: Sen. Lamar Alexander...believes that for the sake of jobs and economic growth, Detroit's automakers have no choice but to embrace the forces of globalization...The Detroit automakers, however, contend that the pressure from overseas should raise alarms in Washington. The U.S. companies, struggling to revive their fortunes by slashing costs, benefits and payrolls, are troubled by what they perceive as an unsympathetic ear from Congress and the White House.

Washington Post

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