This article was published in the June/July issue of Highways mag. I have no links, but as stated above, I am assuming that the article's author was being accurate, but have no proof. As to changing the designation, I believe you will find that FORD will honor it's original warranty for folks who bought the vehicle before the re-designation, unlike GM.
And as for my own experience with GM warranty, they sold me a new crate engine, which took a cr*p 2000 miles away from home, and had to be replaced. When I got home and applied for warranty compensation, they said I failed to get the written permission of the dealer who sold me the crate engine, to replace it. Therefore warranty void. Didn't matter that the selling dealer had gone out of business by the time the engine failed. BTW, I had all the documentation about the failure (pics, affidavit from mechanics, etc), and GM never disputed that the engine was defective, and was still well under both time and mileage limits. In fact, in my conversation with GM Customer Service rep, I stated to her - "Basically, you are telling me that your warranty is essentially worthless unless I happen to be close enough to the selling dealer to return the engine to him." Her reply - "yes, that's true."
Dadof4Girls, perhaps you can now understand why I will never buy another GM product.
2003 Ford F-350 V-10 Crew Cab 4WD Long Bed
2004 Jayco Designer Medallion 29 RLTS 5th wheel
Bill, Gayle, and Mindi (dachshund)
Retired at last !
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.