Product Development

We bring engineering ideas to life. In Product Development, we make driving more exciting, enjoyable and sustainable. New methods of recycling, alternative fuel vehicles, voice-activated technologies and leading vehicle safety initiatives are just some of the ideas that are improving the way we drive today.


What We Do

  • Body Engineering

    Responsible for occupant safety analysis and the design and engineering of interior and exterior systems, including climate control, instrument panels and consoles, seats, restraints, carpeting, headliners, door panels, sheet metal, front end grilles, glass and other interior and exterior trim components.

  • Chassis Engineering

    Designs and engineers suspension systems including frames/subframes, steering, foundation brakes, wheels and tires and chassis electronics. Chassis electronics include electric power steering and associated functionality (e.g. auto-park), stability control, traction control and regenerative braking used on HEV's.

  • Connected Services Solutions Organization

    Delivers connectivity features based on Ford’s SYNC technology and other in-vehicle telematics platforms. We safely connect drivers to their consumer electronics devices, such as smart phones and music players, and enable those devices to deliver features and services.

  • Powertrain Installations

    Designs components including fuel systems, exhaust, air induction, engine mounts and cooling systems. All of these components interact with other parts of the vehicle and require systems engineering for areas including engine, transmission, design, vehicle engineering, safety and assembly.

  • Electrified Powertrain Engineering

    Responsible for global controls, calibration, batteries, motors and system development to deliver segment-leading fuel economy and refined hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles.

  • Ford and Lincoln Programs

    Leads vehicle development and implementation to meet timing targets and deliver content for all stakeholders.

  • Global Engine Engineering

    Designs, develops, and validates new engine components, technologies and sub-systems for use in automotive applications.

  • Global Product Planning and Strategy

    Leads the creation and approval of global product strategies and plans. Leverages expertise in both engineering and business, providing opportunities to expand competencies in both functional areas.

  • Powertrain Integration

    Includes program management and systems engineering for fuel systems, exhaust, air induction, mounts and cooling.

  • Electrical and Electronic System Engineering

    Designs and develops vehicle electrical components and subsystems including infotainment, body electronics, driver information, climate control electronics, chassis electronics, wiring, power distribution, connectors, power supply, switches, software and modeling, restraints electronics and security subsystems.

  • Transmission and Driveline Engineering

    Designs, develops, calibrates, tests and implements transmission and driveline systems from initial concepts to support of daily production.

  • Research and Advanced Engineering

    Anticipates the needs and opportunities of Ford’s future automobiles and business, develops innovative solutions to emerging technical challenges, and incorporates the solutions into Ford’s products and processes.

  • Vehicle Evaluation and Verification

    Responsible for vehicle, system, subsystem and component testing for all functions. As “test professionals,” our work includes all future model prototypes, engine dynamometers, electrical features and many other exciting products. The Vehicle Evaluation and Verification (VEV) Team also manages the crash barrier and test track facilities with personnel certified to drive on all surfaces, including the high speed track and wet pad.

  • Vehicle Architecture Engineering (Basic Design)

    Leads physical vehicle architecture development to optimize interior spaciousness, overall attribute performance and overall vehicle target setting and compatibility. Our responsibilities include work from the initial hand off to downstream engineering. We also develop initial chassis, body, powertrain and electrical assumptions that are compliant with program cost and timing.

  • Vehicle Engineering

    Responsible for total vehicle engineering, analysis and development for vehicle attributes. Handles pre-program development, which translates competitive trends and customer expectations into vehicle attribute performance, architecture and features. Also responsible for vehicle prototype development, including objective testing and subjective evaluation. For program launch, we will relocate to assembly plants to assist in starting up production.

  • Powertrain Controls

    Specifics the module hardware and designs and implements embedded software, which is used to operate the engine and transmission in order to meet emissions regulations, achieve fuel economy targets and satisfy customer performance expectations.

  • Calibrations

    Delivers vehicle drivability, emissions/OBD compliance, powertrain fuel efficiency/performance, shift quality, and other attributes that meet customer expectations and regulatory requirements.

  • NVH

    Controls the powertrain system and components via structural analysis, combustion development, manifold acoustics and tuning, and dynamic and kinematic interactions, applying both analytical and test methodologies.