Ford Motor Co. is partnering with its 4,200-member U.S. auto dealers council to form FordDirect.com, an Internet site that will allow customers to buy the company's cars and trucks online direct from dealers. Ford made the announcement the day after Amazon.com Inc. and Greenlight.com announced a business alliance to sell new vehicles online (see story below). The Web site will allow customers to configure, price, finance and buy their Ford vehicle within minutes, the company says. The ...

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