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Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:50 pm

Car topic of the day: Do you think that Ford in such trouble (read disarray with no solutions) that it may go bankrupt or be bought by another car co?

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 10:59 pm

Ford wouldn't have any problem if it was not making such crappy cars...
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:01 pm

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:12 pm

Ford wouldn't have any problem if it was not making such crappy cars...

I half heartedly agree with you. Looking at recent models I think that they are totally crap. My mum drives a 1995 Ford Escort TD which has nearly 180,000 miles on the clock. It has had regular services and no problems with MOT's. This car is still going to this day.

Another car company buying out Ford would be a major help for them. But I really wouldn't want that.

Just my two pennies,

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 12, 2004 11:28 pm

I am not sure Bill Ford is the man for the top job.

Firstly, yes, make great cars. Look at Nissan, along comes Ghosn who, along with cost cutting, redefined how they design cars. He saw the new Z prototype and said build it. Nissan is now turning out many cars that everyone wants....and even with the exchange rate check out the latest profits against the huge losses just 3 years ago. Another example - GM has managed to turn round (against all the odds) Cadillac by producing cars people want.

One of the biggest mistakes for Ford was getting rid of Reitzle as head of PAG. The guy was responsible for best crop of BMWs ever including the last (i.e not newest) 5 - the best sedan ever. He would have made Jaguar, Volvo and Lincoln great. And possibly Range Rover. Then he may have moved onto the bread and butter Fords. Instead the only bright spot is Aston Martin and, let's face it, 3000 cars a year are not going to help.

At the rate Ford is burning cash (I worked out loosely the equivalent of destroying 3 Focuses every minute) they will run out of their cash pile before they know it. Then they will sell Volvo (the only profitable part of PAG I believe) and then, er, I am not sure. But they are not either, so I don't feel too silly.

Mind you, the Ford Focus is the best handling car in its class in Europe. So that's Ok then.

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 12:56 am

Wonder what former Ford top man Jac Nasser is doing these days?
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 3:24 am

Ford and to a lesser extent GM's biggest problem is that they flat out ignored new car development for the better part of 5 years... focusing too much on light trucks and SUVs. As a result they have ceded passenger car sales to Toyota and Honda in North America. Luckily it looks as if Ford and GM have really developed some good new passenger cars in the past year or so. If they can get the quality to match that of the Japanese rivals and don't need to pour on the incentive funds to move them off of the lots then they may be onto something.


I would highly doubt a buyoff (if Ford was in dire straits). Perhaps the stuff in PAG would be cherry picked away, but not FoMoCo outright. I think the Daimler-Chrysler merger showed that a large automotive merger just does not work. Plus I'll second the opinion that Bill Ford is not the guy to be running Ford. They need to get the Ford's and the Firestone's out of the upper ranks of management at that company. Just b/c their great granddad's name is on the grill, does not entitle them to a high level job there.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:27 am

Shame on all of you. Ford makes the best cars in the world. I have only bought Ford/Mercury/Lincoln cars for as as long as I have been driving.
Ford is still a car company that has designers design there cars. I can't believe ANA made a comparison to Nissan and Cadillac. Probably the two ugliest lines of autos across the board. The only thing keeping Cadillac alive is there ugly Escalade. Why do you think stretched limos use Town Cars instead of Devilles? Nissan and Cadillac uses as much plastic cladding as Mitsushitsi.
Ford has a beautiful line up of autos; Thunderbird, Mustang, Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis/Maurader, Town Car, F-350 as well as the Jaguar Vanden Plas, XK8, S-Type and there Aston Martin division.

Many companies are hurting right now. After we toss out Bush, people will start working again and car sales will rise.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:38 am

It's scary when I thank god that Superfly has brought some sensability to a thread!!!  Big grin
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:56 am

Agreed that Ford's biggest mistake was giving up on passenger car sales to go all-out for the SUV fad. The only two four-door sedans they offered for sale were the Focus (good car, but had a lot of reliability problems in the beginning) and the Taurus, which had its last major redesign in 1996.

Ford is really going in the right direction now with the upcoming Mustang and Five Hundred. It is Chrudsler that should be worried.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:15 am

CPDC10-30:
You forgot all about the Crown Victoria. That has to be the best buy on the market. You get a 6 passenger sedan with everything, V8 power (235HP), very comfortable ride all for the price of a fully loaded Honda Civic.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:27 am

Contrary to all you naysayers, I think Ford is rising. That moron Jacques Nasser screwed them up with his plan to turn Ford more into a global automotive services company. He let them stray from their core product (automobiles).

Bill Ford is the man for the job, he carries the Ford name and has a vested interest in the company (after all, his family owns a shitload of stock). Bill Ford is like the famous Henry "Hank the Deuce" II that resurrected Ford after the old man went crazy with Harry Bennett by his side. He'd never let anything happen to the company. People fail to understand that top Ford management isnt really management in the traditional sense. The company is part of their family. Theres roots behind Ford, its not some cold, nameless corporate body.

Ford leads the US truck market and has for the past dozen or more years and for the first time theyre beefing up their product line with new vehicles like the Five-Hundred, Futura, Freestyle, and new Mustang. Ford is modernizing itself and doing a damn good job of it. Years of neglecting the car lines have left hurting over there but they have one hell of a strong market in their SUV's. They have cashflow from the SUV and truck lines to build up the car lines.

For the first time ever, Ford got its Premier Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo) to turn a profit... if they were f-ed that wouldnt be happening. Theyre rising again, turning a profit, making themselves lean and mean and ready to take on everybody else.

PS. Ford would never sell out to anybody.
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Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:32 am

You're right, I did leave it out but it is because it is a lot more expensive here in Canada (37,000+).

I had a rental 2003 Crown Victoria when I was driving from Toronto to Washington and return last year. It was very comfortable, espescially for a big guy like myself. I didn't even have to move the seat all the way back for once! The fuel economy was not bad, around the same as I get in rental Tauruses and a bit worse than my Maxima. But still good for a V-8. The engine was strong, but it always felt as though it would pause for a bit before responding to the throttle inputs.

If Ford had maybe spent an extra $1000 in each Grand Marquis or Crown Vic to improve the interior materials quality and ergonomics it would be a really good car.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:33 am

N312RC:
Wow, that was your best post in all of you r years here at A.net.  Big thumbs up


Theres roots behind Ford, its not some cold, nameless corporate body.

Exactly!
Just look at General Motors. I am suprised they haven't started to make cellphones, calculators and milkshake blenders.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:38 am

Thanks Supa-fly,

Im a Ford defender all the way. Im quite interested in their history, etc...


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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 6:55 am

I own a 2000 ford focus SE loaded... I have been through 5 recalls with it.. then I had a problem with the trunk not working... i'm just waiting for them to recall the whole car! LOL I have always had fords.. and I love this car, but its driving me CRAZY  Smile
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 7:50 am

Ok here are some more of my points from the point made

Rebates: New car buyers in the US (and now Europe) have become expectant of a rebate on a new car purchase and even Toyota is offering them more and more (averaging $2,900 per vehicle). This is an industry-wide problem but some manufacturers (esp the Japanese) are able to mange these because they are more efficient and productive in their plants - Ford can't afford this.

SUVs: The big three market share is being seriously eroded by the Japanese. Look at the roads. Ford market share is dropping - although that is not to say because their products are bad. The trouble is that they don't sufficiently fight the Japanese (and Germans) with equally good sedans. This is, to a degree, being rectified by Ford (and GM).

Mergers: The best bits would be cherry picked first. All of the PAG could be sold off independently. Don't know about Lincoln. I agree DaimlerChrysler shows mergers can go wrong, but look at Renault Nissan (ok not a full merger) and you can see how very well they can go too.

Quality: This is becoming less of an issue. The defects per car has dropped dramatically from the worst offenders (although I still wouldn't buy a Fiat in Europe) so although the Japanese are ahead, it is nowhere near as much. Actually Toyota's reliability has dropped a very little recently.

Design: More and more car makers are designing niche models - in many cases thru platform sharing as well as pushing design. Look at Bangles new Bimmer 5 and 7 (and 6and Z4 even) for fresh design and the Golf platform for the Audi TT and Beetle - lo production run/niche cars but cost little extra to make. This is what buyers want now. Actually the Golf 5 has sold about 20% less in 2003 than VW anticipated and probably because it looks, well, dull, even if it drives (almost) as well as the Focus. I think Ford has made strides here in the US but not in Europe - a big bad money hole for Ford - where they have no 7 seater mini-MPV, no roadster, no convertible, no coupe.

PAG: I say again, Volvo is the only profitable part of it. Jaguar is hemorrhaging money. The new big (aluminum) Jag is a beauty, for sure, but it will never get close to the Merc S-Class. Aston is well run and has 3 great cars, but for Ford is is a drop in the ocean - 1/2% of total production?

Current cars: I guess there is an element of personal taste here (new Mustang, Thunderbird, F-350 excluded as everyone should love all 3) but as lovely as the Town Car is to look at it is rubbish inside and drives like a barge. I can think of 15 same class cars I'd rather have. There are other nice cars - I love the Lincoln LS (a Jaguar S-Type underneath) but they are still not up with the best. In Europe Jag, although a lovely range, has real street credibility problems against Merc, Audi, Jag and (sadly) Lexus.

Bill Ford: Is not the man for the job. You need a horrid, cost cutting, factory improving, supplier beating CEO who, at the same time, cherishes design. He is not that. Being a Ford is great, sit in on the board meets, show an interest, have an important position, but what the company needs right now is a car exec with real real long term experience. I'd give the job to Reitzle.

I better stop, if I had been in a Ford I'd have broken down a long time ago.

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:04 am

Given a choice of only Ford (Fix Or Repair Daily), General Motors (G-D Morons) or Chrysler (Jeezus Chrysler)... I would choose Ford every time. I've always preferred Ford over the other two. I think out of the three, GM has been the company who least cared about sensible customer's expectations and opted instead for the "tough guy" image (think Pontiac). As for Ford's recent Thunderbird design - Well... I'm sort of curious to know how's that working for 'en. I personally cannot stand the car. The 2000 Focus - They were plagued with problems. The new Focus has been a far superior automobile.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:08 am

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:20 am

First On Race Day!  Smile

I am glad to see someone mentioned my F-350. I have a 1991 with diesel engine and it's over 180,000 miles on original engine, transmission, water pump, alternator, power steering pump etc.
This truck is very low maintenance and I can haul any Nissan or Cadillac to the repair shop.  Smile


ANA

as lovely as the Town Car is to look at it is rubbish inside and drives like a barge

It's supposed to handle like a barge. That's why it's the longest production line sedan in the world. Cadillac had a better barge until they discontinued the B-body flatform in the 1996 model year.


Mercedes S-class and BMW 7 series are all nice cars but don't look all that exciting on the outside. That Mercedes S-Class looks like a Honda Accord. The Jaguar Vanden Plas and Lincoln Town Car totally outclasses the Mercedes.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 12:02 pm

Bill Ford: Is not the man for the job. You need a horrid, cost cutting, factory improving, supplier beating CEO who, at the same time, cherishes design. He is not that. Being a Ford is great, sit in on the board meets, show an interest, have an important position, but what the company needs right now is a car exec with real real long term experience. I'd give the job to Reitzle.

He IS the man for the job because what do you think he's been doing? cost cutting, factory improving, supplier beating, and he LOVES design.. hell, look at the GT40, new Mustang, and even the prototype Cobra. I dont know where the heck you get off saying this stuff.. I guess you just dont get the Detroit News and see it every day like I do.

Mergers: The best bits would be cherry picked first. All of the PAG could be sold off independently. Don't know about Lincoln. I agree DaimlerChrysler shows mergers can go wrong, but look at Renault Nissan (ok not a full merger) and you can see how very well they can go too.

Now that Ford and the PAG DNA have started weaving together through underpinnings etc, this wouldnt be easy. The new Volvo S40 is on a Focus chassis, Jag S-type and Lincoln LS share parts, Mazda 3/6 share with Fords... etc. You dont know about Lincoln huh? I'd like to see where you think this stuff up because cutting Lincoln off of Ford is like cutting an arm off a man. First of all, theres alot of history behind the line.. Edsel Ford got Henry I to buy it off Henry Leyland and then eventually made the line into what it is today. Lincoln is so.... part.... of the company, and the FAMILY, that Bill Ford could never sell his grandfather's creation.

In regard to your comment about the Japanese eroding Fords SUV market share? Think again. The Explorer is the best selling SUV of all time and the current redesign is kicking the ass of everything out there.

When we talk about rebates we have to think about the fact that the UAW holds Ford back big time when it comes to efficiency. Sure they cant keep going with the rebates forever, but that doesnt mean their factories are inefficient. Its the union that causes problems, not the company. Let me also point out that Ford Motor Credit made the largest profit in its history not too long ago...


Theres no coupe/roadster/convertable in Europe? Seen the KA/STREETKA lately?


Lastly, you complain about the Lincoln Town Car.. that "barge" is a gold mine for Ford. They make a crapload on every one of those cars. Also, most people who buy that "barge" are 80 years old and like that kind of handling.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 12:17 pm

N312RC

Also, most people who buy that "barge" are 80 years old......

Uh-oh, Superfly is going to have to correct you on that one. Big grin

The Town Car frame dates back to 1979 and it still whips circles around that plastic unibody front-driver driver Cadillac is trying to pass off as a luxury car.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 12:25 pm

I drive a 1998 Ford Mustang (MFD. 8/97) Runs like a dream. I got it with a $3,000 Turbocharger installed with Duo-Turbo Mufflers, so she makes some noise too. It takes a few seconds to get it started because of the turbo. It has to start turning and get enough air fuel mixture to ignite. It sounds just like a turbojet engine.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 12:25 pm

Bruno, go read this link that compares a Lincoln Town Car Cartier L ($52,000) versus a Mercedes E-class ($61,000). Believe or not, the Town Car actually gets better gas mileage than the Mercedes. I was surprised.

http://www.thecarplace.com/03tcmb.htm


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Superfly, how long has it been since the underlying chassis of the Crown Vic/Marquis/Town Car has been fully redesigned? The 80's? Or early 90's? And I remember a good article in Popular Mechanics years and years ago comparing a Town Car, Cadillac, and Mercedes limos. It was neat.

And I still can't believe you Ford 460 power 26 ft motorhome (1986) model got better gas mileage than your land barge. 7.5 versus 7.0 MPG!

Frankly I'd only consider Ford if I was buying an SUV or a truck. The SVT Focus is a great car, but I can't stand the freeflowing interior. GM's likewise suck, except for the fullsized vans and trucks. Chrysler? mmmm...the Ram's ok. And all 3 of them need to improve reliability, just like VW does.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:47 pm

MD-90:
Great article.

Superfly, how long has it been since the underlying chassis of the Crown Vic/Marquis/Town Car has been fully redesigned? The 80's? Or early 90's?

1979 was the year. It's called the 'Panther' platform. The 1979 LTD and Grand Marquis was the first downsized Fords. GM did it in 1977, Chrysler and Ford did it in 1979.

The LTD/Grand Marquis reskin was for the 1992 model year and it's dropped the LTD name and was called 'Crown Victoria'. The Crown Victoria was a trim level offered on the LTD starting the 1980 model year. The Town Car reskin was for 1990 and again in 1998. The frame still dates back to 1979.
I guess Ford was way ahead of it's time in 1979.  Smile

My landyatch is supposed to get 9MPG city but I have the heavy duty trailer hitch that weights about 250lbs. I need to remove it. I still have as much pick up as the 2003 Town Car but mines weights about 1100lbs. more.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 7:18 am

The Jaguar Vanden Plas and Lincoln Town Car totally outclasses the Mercedes.

Talk about ignorance. The Lincoln Town car doesn't even come close to the Mercedes S-class in performance, handling or features. Go do some research.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:00 am

Here in South Africa, Ford has a very poor reputation...and for good reason: their offerings in recent times have been garbage!

Should we be surprised that most of the people defending Ford here are from America? No offence, but American cars are hideous and seem to be of inferior quality (especially the interiors)...nowhere near as good as a German car.

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 8:33 am

In terms of worldwide sales volumes............Ford has gone down to number 3 and Toyota has taken the number 2 spot............GM is still by far number 1 in sales.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 12:14 pm

Can anyone tell me why a turbocharger (My car has a huge one) takes so long to get started. I figured that once the fuel was ignited, it would start turning anyway, but the car doesn't start until the turbo sucks in enough air to ignite the mixture (Takes 3-5 seconds). When driving down the road it sounds just like a jet engine, but on the outside it sounds like a prop engine.
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Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:57 pm

Flight152:
No need to do any research and my comments aren't ignorant. The Jaguar and Lincoln Town Car looks and rides like a luxury car should. The S-series Mercedes dosen't look much different from the poor man's C-class version.


America dosen't send it's best cars overseas. American cars are the best if you know which ones to get.  Smile

Sales isn't always a good indicator if a car is good or not. The most recalled car in history was a #1 seller for 3 years straight. (1980-1985 GM X-body Citation, Pheonix and Skylark).
The Chevy Vega sold very well also despite it's melting all aluminum engine.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 2:06 pm

Essjay.

Keep in mind that there are two Ford car companies. I suspec they are the ones that sold cars in SA.

The ones in Europe and unrelated to those sold in the US.

The European Ford only really came to the US once, and they where sold here under the Merkur brand.

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Sat Feb 14, 2004 5:13 pm

How is Ford Europe doing?

Their products are excellent - the Focus (Euro Focus seems to be much better than the North American one, far fewer reliability issues), the Mondeo and Fiesta are well loved by the media.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Sun Feb 15, 2004 4:08 pm

The Jaguar and Lincoln Town Car looks and rides like a luxury car should. The S-series Mercedes dosen't look much different from the poor man's C-class version.

Using your logic Superfly, the Jaguar XJ doesn't look much different from the poor mans Jaguar X-type (aka guzzied up ford contour).

Looks like you backed yourself into a corner.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Mon Feb 16, 2004 2:15 pm

I have a Ford Explorer. I'm not going to go as far as saying it's a total piece of junk, but I'd expect more from a car that is a 2001. My Audi didn't start giving me problems until the warranty went out at 6 years. This car had some expensive sensor go out that would make the thing practically die when you would start it, there is a rusting spot on the hood, and I notice other things about it that aren't that well made. I guess you get what you pay for though. If I hadn't been on such a budget I'd have bought a German car. At least this one has a warranty.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 8:21 am

I can only trust my German made car more
than any others made elsewhere, sorry.
Comparing any Mercedes with any Ford
product would be just a joke,
Just take a look at the resale value.
That actually tells it all.

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 12:53 pm

Flight152:
Corner? What corner?  Confused

The Jaguar X-Type looks nothing like the Vanden Plas. The degrees of separation is much greater than the S to C class with Mercedes.
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 1:48 pm

I kinda like and mostly agree w/ N312RC's analogy. Most of my Ford buddies at design are retired now and I don't get all the horses-mouth rumors, but I have the definite impression that young Bill Ford can and will do pretty well at getting the company back into comfortable ink. Hell, I can remember a stretch when FoMoCo Credit carried the factories. There are arms to protect the smart (ie: GM owns the world's largest real estate operation). I won't say it's impossible, but I would still bet on "never" when it comes to a sale of FoMoCo. BTW, when I referred to "smart" above, I wasn't including the former Chrysler Corporation.

I am still suspiscious, though, of "10th initial" Mays ability to run styling. The names may carry them, but I believe the new Mustang might be a little "too" retro; yes it does look good and they will have initial record orders, but I have a feeling that the car will grow a little long-in-the-tooth after the excitement wears off. You can sorta get away with this philosophy on a car like their resurrection of the GT but I believe it will be more difficult with a mass transpo car. Don't get me wrong...I hope it does well (at least it doesn't look wuss like the new GTO).

I haven't seen the 500 sedan in traffic yet, but the car show protos seem a bit out of proportion and I think a styling comparison will be drawn to the short-bull-nose, long dash-to-axle character of the new Chrysler 300 sedan. Fair comparison or not, it will be made and I think Ford will lose.

The rest of their pax car line needs freshening quickly. I hope they do a good job. J Mays better shine. But, at least they have their truck/suv lineup to carry them in the showrooms if the bread-and-butter cruisers don't. Regards...Jack
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Wed Feb 18, 2004 2:34 pm

Cptkrell:
at least it doesn't look wuss like the new GTO).

Well said!  Big thumbs up

Do you have any idea what FoMoCo will do with the Lincoln Contenintal concept?
It's designed from ground up as a body on frame sedan. That will be the first new body on frame design since the 1979 downsize full-sized sedans. If it goes in to production, will they move the current Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis to that platform?
I still think the Panther platform is amazing.  Smokin cool
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Wed Feb 18, 2004 5:39 pm

I really like the looks of the current Mustang (not the brand new retro model). But dang it does have a chintzy and cheap interior.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:28 am

The Jaguar X-Type looks nothing like the Vanden Plas.

Hahaha Superfly.
Jaguar Vanden Plas (retail $68,995)

Jaguar X-type (retail $29,900)


Fact is, the Town Car lags behind the previous Mercedes E-class, let alone the current production car.
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 8:08 am

S Fly; yes, the ole BOF has served them (FoMoCo) well. Don't want to "sez" anything off-color about newer mods, but will be happy to relay things I find out about over and above "Automotive News" sources. Gotta remember I'm more intersested in JD, M-F, and Case tractor stuff along w/ C-131 and TBM parts now. Plus, I'm retired from GM 1,1/2 yrs.

If you and/or anyone's interested, I'd like to collate feelings and opinions on costs vs. overall performance of OHC opposed to pushrod technology in current and "soon" future low-end vehicles. I've got plenty of input from professionals but I'd really like to get a public cross-section for a review I've been asked to present later in the year. Any comments, or maybe start a new thread?? Regards...Jack
all best; jack
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 9:03 am

Per Marcus: "In terms of worldwide sales volumes............Ford has gone down to number 3 and Toyota has taken the number 2 spot............GM is still by far number 1 in sales."

According to this article from the Car and Driver website, Ford is still number 2.

http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=30&article_id=7833

Toyota Yields to Ford

The Daily Auto Insider
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
February 2004

Toyota did not pass Ford to become the world's number two automaker, Bloomberg News reported, citing Toyota President Fujio Cho.

"If you use exactly the same basis for comparison, Ford is the No. 2 carmaker," Cho told reporters at a briefing in San Francisco. "The numbers Ford announced were the unit sales based upon financial results at the closure of the books for the fiscal year. Using the same base for calculation, according to that, it is clear Ford is the No. 2."

Toyota said in January that it sold 6.78 million vehicles worldwide last year, including those of subsidiaries Hino Motors Ltd. and Daihatsu Motor Co., exceeding Ford's 6.72 million. But last week, the Japanese company announced a modified total of 6.49 million, excluding sales of joint ventures in China and Indonesia.

Toyota, which plans to raise its global market share to 15 percent within a decade from more than 10 percent now, has said it has no specific goal of beating Ford or General Motors, the story noted.



 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:54 pm

Cptkrell:
A good friend of mine is a car historian purist.
Is it OK if he sends you an email.


Flight152:
Huh?
I can't make heads or tails of your last post.  Confused
Bring back the Concorde
 
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 4:24 am

Superfly

I posted pictures of the Jaguar Vanden Plas the the Jaguar X-type to show how similar they look, where you said they look nothing alike.
 
Douglas DC-9
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:00 am

My dad only drives a 2000 Jaguar XK8, along with a 2002 Ford Explorer and my mother 2000 Cadillac Escalade. My father has had I think 3 or 4 Explorers, he trades them in every 3 years or so. The Explorer has only been into the shop for oil changes, fluid flushes ect. My mothers Excalade has been to the dealer atleast once every 4 months for something or another breaking. It was in the shop last week beause the motor on the shotgun window burned out. 2 months ago because the handle off the park brake broke so she couldn't get it off and the wheels were locked so it had to be towed to the dealership for a new handle. It's just stuff like that that pisses me off. My mom still loves it. And my big ol' Peterbilt is build like a tank. Nothing ever happens to it. I love my custom 7 year 700,000 mile warrenty.

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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:18 am

Found on road dead or fix or repair daily.
Being Bilingual, I Speak English And Aviation
 
Marcus
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RE: Is Ford ****ed?

Fri Feb 20, 2004 12:36 pm

Interesting article AvObserver...........specially after receiving and article from Reuters as the weekly internal memo, this mentioned that Toyota had sold 60,000 more vehicles than Ford on a worldwide basis, I guess sales crunched some numbers in recent days and corrected the previous ammounts.

But give us time........we'll get there  Smile  Smile  Smile  Smile
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