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Pickup trucks tend not to advance at quite the same pace as the rest of the industry. That's what makes the new Ford F-150 so remarkable, jettisoning its old steel construction in favor of aluminum. It's a game changer that Ford is betting big on, and in anticipation of surging demand, the Blue Oval automaker is adding 850 new jobs to put the thing together.

The United States government has agreed to pay Ford $10.84 million to settle a lawsuit with the automaker over wartime contamination at the historic Rouge complex outside of Detroit, MI. This settlement caps off a seven-year battle between Ford and the U.S. government.

The Detroit News reports that Ford is close to wrapping up a lawsuit that's been in the works for the past seven years. Ford originally sued the federal government by claiming that the feds should share a portion of the costs tied to cleaning up the company's Rouge manufacturing complex. The site opened in 1917 and helped construct wartime engines, tanks and boats during World War I and II. The report says that Ford and the site's current co-owner, Severstal Dearborn, LLC, have conditionally agr

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Charlie Gibson and the crew from ABC's World News Tonight will be rolling into Motown next this week to tape the show from Detroit tonight and Tuesday. Clearly the state of the auto industry in the U.S. is national news, and where better to report on it than the epicenter of Detroit? Both Ford CEO Alan Mulally and GM CEO Rick Wagoner will be on the show Monday, hopefully together, which will make for some very interesting dinner conversation when the show airs at 6:30PM. Gibson will be broadcast

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