Korean brands secured the top three spots in J.D. Power's annual report card on new-vehicle quality for the first time in the study's 31-year history. New quality at the Detroit 3 continues to improve faster than the overall industry.
Ford leaders portrayed the automaker's planned rehabilitation of Michigan Central Station as a pioneering facility akin to the Highland Park and Rouge plants Henry Ford built that revolutionized automobile production and American industry.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett stopped a planned 10-year Dearborn campus renovation to give it a 'much healthier' design. The project eventually included the establishment of an autonomous vehicle development campus in Detroit, anchored by a long-blighted train station.
Ford's purchase of a blighted former train station in Detroit as the centerpiece of an urban technology campus carries symbolism that factored into the decision to undertake such an ambitious rehabilitation project.
Dealers were shown the Lincoln Corsair, along with the next-generation Ford Escape, Explorer, Mach 1 battery-electric crossover, a small off-road SUV and a Lincoln Continental with suicide doors late last month at a meeting in Orlando, according to those in the room.