Ford News | New Lisbon, IL

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As an unparalleled leader and innovator in the auto industry, Ford routinely garners quite a lot of buzz. Recently, more information has come out about Ford's innovative work, 2019 models, and new technologies, so here's a brief guide to help you keep tabs on the exciting moves being made by the automaker.

Big Moves.

2018 has been a great year for Ford so far. Between a range of awards for its lineup, philanthropic endeavors, and exciting moves, big things are happening at Ford Motor Company. We're also thrilled with the many technological developments and student-geared programs that the automaker has revealed this year.

For starters, the company has decided to move its electric and autonomous vehicle teams back to Detroit, to a refurbished factory in the historic neighborhood of Corktown. Ford hopes this will lead to the even faster development of more electric and autonomous vehicles. The automaker also hopes to reinvigorate Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood. To this end, it hosted "Reimagined Detroit Tech" this past August, in its historic train station to explore new ideas and hear from local voices.

Ford is also investigating cleaner, more productive transport options in cities. The company is expanding the Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid trial to more cities. It is also continuing to foster education by investing in its robotics mentorship program to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

Ford Gives Back.

Philanthropy is another area that Ford has cultivated this year. Ford has donated 38 vehicles to support hurricane recovery efforts. It also gave the Freedom Rising Star award to a Detroit-area teen for her entrepreneurial work and assisted 2,000 middle school children to participate in the Scholars Experience program, which celebrated "Black Girl Magic" and female achievements.

In  August, Ford announced that it will be raffling a Kona Blue Mustang Bullitt to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. The raffle ends November 9, and Ford will announce the winner on November 13.

Excellent Products.

Ford's products have also experienced success this year, as evidenced by a variety of awards and honors. The Ford Mustang, for instance, became the best-selling sports coupe in America for the third year in a row and will enter the NASCAR Cup in 2019. The Mustang Cobra Jet just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and the new edition is the hottest, fastest and most powerful drag racing Mustang ever.

Throughout the first half of 2018, Ford trucks and SUVs have seen remarkable sales momentum, with the F-Series setting a record-breaking pace. We expect this trend to continue with the 2019 F-150s, as the brand offers a range of new, innovative equipment and features. For instance, the 2019 F-150 Limited will feature a high-output EcoBoost® V6 engine, helping make it the most powerful, intelligent, and luxurious F-150 ever.

State-of-the-Art Safety Technologies

This past March, Ford announced its all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety system, which is "the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands in North America." This innovative system will elevate passenger safety and help drivers feel more confident on the road. For instance, the all-new Ford Ranger uses Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Trailer Coverage to make towing easier, more convenient, and safer.

Ford also just released a Safety Assessment Report for self-driving vehicles, entitled "A Matter of Trust: Ford's Approach to Developing Self-Driving Vehicles." The automaker hopes to develop a self-driving vehicle for deployment in 2021, and the report foregrounds Ford's focus and prioritization on safety.

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