Despite Ford Motor Co.’s first-quarter $1.2 billion net loss on a $4.1 billion sales and revenue shortfall, senior executives say signs of a reversal are arriving in dealer showrooms every day. Sales of the auto maker’s new midsize sedans from its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands are gaining traction; the Premier Automotive Group appears to have turned the corner on profitability; and organizational lessons learned from partner Mazda Motor Corp. seem to be taking hold. But the full ...

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