Washington, D. C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                          Date of Report: March 9, 2005
                        (Date of earliest event reported)

                               FORD MOTOR COMPANY
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

                 (State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

               1-3950                                 38-0549190
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      (Commission File Number)               (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 One American Road, Dearborn, Michigan                     48126
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 (Address of principal executive offices)               (Zip Code)

         Registrant's telephone number, including area code 313-322-3000

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Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors;
            Appointment of Principal Officers

On March 9,  2005,  William  Clay  Ford,  who has been a member  of the Board of
Directors since 1948,  informed the Board that he will not stand for re-election
at the Company's  Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 12, 2005. The
Board of  Directors,  however,  has  requested  that Mr.  Ford serve as Director
Emeritus so that the Board may continue to avail itself of his wisdom,  judgment
and experience,  and Mr. Ford has agreed to so serve.  Mr. Ford will be entitled
to attend Board and committee  meetings and participate in discussion of matters
that come before the Board or its  committees,  although he will not be entitled
to vote upon any such  matters  and will no  longer  receive  compensation  as a
non-employee Board member.


     Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                             FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Date:  March 15, 2005                        By: /s/Peter J. Sherry, Jr.
                                                 Peter J. Sherry, Jr.