I just did a Sync version update for my truck and what you said is correct. It loaded up the nav version based on my VIN. Anyhow I just LOVE this little truck. It’s my favorite vehicle I’ve ever gotten so far.
Yes they did, perhaps out of necessity. In the last recession ford was paying Ford dealers to save Lincoln-Mercury dealers. The dealership I worked for got 60% of a remodel paid for by Ford for taking on Lincoln from a dealer going under.
I may know more once Ford releases the weekly FDNB (Fleet Distribution News Bulletin) which is usually available on Saturday. At least the past few weeks, the New York Region office is releasing less information to Dealers.
You got it. As excited as I am about a new vehicle, the take-home message from this article is that it took only 12 weeks to make a business case for this vehicle, and to win approval. That's moving at warp speed for a large company, for that matter, any company. This is the fundamental structural change to product development that Hackett's has been talking about. If this is his legacy, it will be a good one.
That schematic thing predates even the Courier getting the green light. It's from one of Hackett's first investor presentations.
I think you misunderstood what was meant. This new thing went from idea to green light in 12 weeks and is Ford's newest program. The idea itself came after the Courier project began. Actual engineering and development is only just beginning now. It's the first program to begin under Ford's new accelerated engineering ideas initiated by Jim Hackett. Now is the time where we start to see if the more efficient engineering ideas are worth a damn or not.