The F-150 now offers its most advanced engine lineup of with variants that can work for anyone. See how the Ford F-150 doesn't just raise the bar, it is the bar.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Thinking about buying a 2018 Honda Accord? Consider the 2018 Ford Fusion with available all-wheel drive, enhanced active park assist and a NHTSA 5-Star Crash Safety Rating.* Become a part of America's best-selling brand with the 2018 Ford Fusion. **
*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).
**Based on 2017 CY sales.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Ford Performance Vehicles: Ford GT, Shelby GT350R, Shelby GT350, F-150 Raptor, Focus RS, Focus ST, Fiesta ST
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Ford Mustang, a cultural icon inspiring optimism and independence around the world, celebrates the production of its 10th millionth car at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. Watch as more than 60 Ford Mustang owners of all model years assemble for the tribute to the Mustang.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
- Ford employees in 15 plants globally who perform repetitive overhead tasks now have assistance from a new upper body exoskeletal technology
- EksoVest is the latest example of advanced technology Ford is using to reduce the physical toll on employees during the vehicle assembly process, lessening the chance of worker fatigue, injury or discomfort
- Since 2005, incidents in Ford’s global facilities that resulted in lost time fell 75 percent; the 2018 incident rate was one of the lowest on record
Repetitive motions like those can lead to fatigue and injury for workers, but now Ford is rolling out a new wearable technology globally called EksoVest that helps reduce injury risk in some plant workers after a successful trial in two U.S. plants.
Ford employees in 15 plants and seven countries around the world are able to use an EksoVest to help lessen the physical toll that their job takes on their body. Ford partnered with Ekso Bionics to enhance this wearable technology that elevates and supports a worker’s arms while performing overhead tasks such as reaching up with a power tool to screw bolts to secure the car’s brace – all while standing underneath the vehicle.
“Building vehicles is physically a tough job,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford group vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “We care about our employees and are trying to help them do their jobs with the least amount of wear and tear on their bodies possible.”
The EksoVest fits workers ranging from 5 feet 2 inches tall to 6 feet 4 inches tall and provides lift assistance from five pounds to 15 pounds per arm. Ford workers say it’s comfortable because it’s lightweight and not bulky, allowing them to move their arms easily.
“I don’t want the EksoVest to ever leave,” said Nick Gotts, an original EksoVest operator at Flat Rock Assembly, “Any job that’s overhead, I wouldn’t work without it.”
Ford piloted the EksoVest at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. and Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich., during the past year. The feedback from plant operators helped refine the technology before the company rolled it out globally.
“At Ekso, our mission is to augment human capability with wearable technology and robotics that help people rethink current physical limitations and achieve the remarkable,” said Jack Peurach, president and chief executive officer of Ekso Bionics. “Advancing our collaboration with a global leader like Ford, represents a major step forward in achieving our mission as our EksoVest is deployed around the world to enhance the well-being of its work force.”
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
- Ford employs body tracking technology on the assembly line just as sport stars perfect technique and replicate signature moves for video games
- Ford Valencia Engine Assembly Plant workers wear special suit with sensors that helps promote good posture
- The company is considering further rollout to its other European manufacturing facilities.
VALENCIA, Spain, Aug. 7, 2018 – Technology typically used by the world’s top sport stars to raise their game, or ensure their signature skills are accurately replicated in leading video games, is now being used on an auto assembly line.
Employees at Ford’s Valencia Engine Assembly Plant, in Spain, are using a special suit equipped with advanced body tracking technology. The pilot system, created by Ford and the Instituto Biomecánica de Valencia, has involved 70 employees in 21 work areas.
Player motion technology usually records how athletes sprint or turn, enabling sport coaches or game developers to unlock the potential of sport stars in the real world or on screen. Ford is using it to design less physically stressful workstations for enhanced manufacturing quality.
“It’s been proven on the sports field that with motion tracking technology, tiny adjustments to the way you move can have a huge benefit,” said Javier Gisbert, production area manager, Ford Valencia Engine Assembly Plant. “For our employees, changes made to work areas using similar technology can ultimately ensure that, even on a long day, they are able to work comfortably.”
Engineers took inspiration from a suit they saw at a trade fair that demonstrated how robots could replicate human movement and then applied it to their workplace, where production of the new Ford Transit Connect and 2.0-litre EcoBoost Duratec engines began this month.
The skin-tight suit consists of 15 tiny movement tracking light sensors connected to a wireless detection unit. The system tracks how the person moves at work, highlighting head, neck, shoulder and limb movements. Movement is recorded by four specialised motion-tracking cameras – similar to those usually paired with computer game consoles – placed near the worker and captured as a 3D skeletal character animation of the user.
Specially trained ergonomists then use the data to help employees align their posture correctly. Measurements captured by the system, such as an employee’s height or arm length, are used to design workstations, so they better fit employees.
Ford is now considering further rollout to its other European manufacturing facilities. It is part of Ford’s work – underway since 2003 – to reduce the injury rate for its employees worldwide through the introduction of ergonomics technologies and data-driven process changes.
Monday, August 6, 2018
Thinking about buying a 2018 Honda Pilot? Consider the 2018 Ford Explorer* with hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, PowerFold® third-row seat and enhanced active park assist.** Become part of America's best-selling† brand with the 2018 Ford Explorer.
*Optional features shown.
**Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle.
†Based on 2017 CY sales.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Vaughn Gittin Jr. brought his Ford Mustang RTR and some serious smoke to Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018.
Friday, August 3, 2018
BLIS With Trailer Coverage uses radar housed in Ranger’s taillights to monitor blind spots all the way to the back of the trailer. Ranger can store up to three trailer profiles, including a trailer’s length, to let the radar system know how far back to provide warnings when another vehicle is traveling next to the trailer. The 2019 Ford Ranger is the only midsize pickup that comes with this technology.