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Design

Designer of Original Mustang Dies at 87

Gale Halderman’s 1962 sketch won a Ford design contest that led to the original Mustang 

Regulations

Ford Recall Targets Brake System Flaw

Ford is recalling 600,000 midsize sedans in the U.S. to fix hydraulic systems that could make the brake pedal suddenly feel spongy.

Design

Ford's Strategic Design Chief Resigns

David Woodhouse, who had been Ford Motor Co.'s director of global strategic design for the last two years, has left the company.

De Tomaso Concept Coming in July

China’s Ideal TeamVenture, which purchased De Tomaso Automobili in 2015, plans to relaunch the famed Italian brand with a new model that will be unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on July 4th.

Production

Ford Ends U.S. Production of Taurus, Again

Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago plant built its last Taurus sedan on Friday, ending U.S. production of the long-running model. 

Regulations

Ford to Replace Another 953,000 Takata Airbag Inflators

Ford Motor Co. is preparing to replace another 953,000 Takata Corp. airbag inflators in the U.S. and Canada that could explode when triggered by a crash.

Sales

Former Nissan U.S. Chief Dies

Tom Mignanelli, who headed Nissan Motor Co.’s U.S. sales unit in the early 1990s, died late last month at the age of 73.

Regulations

Ford Recalls Another 364,500 Vehicles with Takata Airbag Inflators

Ford Motor Co. is recalling another batch of vehicles fitted with passenger-side Takata Corp. airbag inflators that could explode when triggered by a crash.

Production

Aston Martin, James Bond & A Lot About True Luxury

If someone said to you: “Quick, name me three luxury car brands,” you would probably answer something like, “BMW, Lexus and Cadillac” or “Mercedes, Infiniti and Lincoln.” And if you were to ask Simon Sproule to name three, none of those six would make the list.

Hybrid

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Employees It Considers Sub-Par

Tesla Inc. dismissed roughly 400 hourly and salaried employees last week, according to The Mercury News in San Jose, Calif.

Design

Mercedes, Ahoy!

This, of course, is a boat: But it is not just any boat, it is the Cigarette Racing Team 50' Marauder AMG, introduced this week at the Miami International Boat Show.

Regulations

Ford Expands Takata Recall

Ford Motor Co. has added another 816,000 vehicles to those being recalled worldwide to have their Takata Corp. airbag inflators replaced.

Regulations

NHTSA Probes Antilock Brake Flaw in Ford Midsize Sedans

The U.S. has opened a preliminary investigation into antilock brake systems that could malfunction in 2009-2011 model Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize sedans.

Regulations

Ford Recalls 420,000 Vehicles for Fuel, Oil Leaks

Possible fuel and oil leaks that could lead to engine fires or failures have prompted three recalls at Ford Motor Co.

Regulations

UPDATE: Ford Adds 1.9 Million Takata Inflators to Airbag Recalls

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1.9 million vehicles in North America to replace Takata Corp. passenger-side front airbag inflators that could explode when triggered by a crash.

Quality

Autonomous Snow

Let’s face it: snow falls when, well, snow falls.

Regulations

Ford Readies 313,000-Car Recall to Replace Lighting Control Units

Ford Motor Co. plans to recall about 313,000 of its 2003-2005 model Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis large sedans because their headlamps could stop working.

Regulations

Ford Recall Targets Cracked Fuel Tanks in 451,900 Cars

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 451,900 of its 2010-2011 model Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize sedans because their fuel tanks could crack and leak.

Legendary Designer Art Fitzpatrick Dies

Art Fitzpatrick, known for his stylized advertising drawings, died this week in Carlsbad, Calif. He was 96 years old.

Batmobile Designer George Barris Dies

Legendary custom car designer George Barris died in his sleep Thursday. He was 89.

Mercedes, Boat Maker Offer Surf & Turf Combo

One by land, one by sea and both are designed for speed.

Regulations

Ford Recalls 442,300 Cars for Steering, Overheating Problems

Ford Motors Co. is launching two safety recalls in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to repair electrical and insulation problems on 442,300 cars and crossovers.

Regulations

NHTSA Revisits Ford Exterior Lighting Failures

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it may reopen a probe into complaints of headlamp and other exterior lighting failures in 2003-2005 model Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis large sedans.