Excellent - and it also referenced American Icon by Hoffman- I read that (at JPD -80's recommendation!)-and am going to read it again along with "Once Upon a Car" now that we have some history to compare. And back to the piece on Mulally's recruitment, boy the "job rec" referred to in the Mulally search sure as hell wasn't followed when Hackett got the job IMO.
Well as an "insider" I always appreciate your perspective, but guess who ruined the first Taurus? Sir Alex -or so I read someplace that when he was shown the redesign for the first generation Taurus, he looked at it and said..."more ovoid". And that is how we got that ugly POS with the round back window and the bottom feeder "catfish" front end. Again so I read someplace.
On the foot operated lift gate, try touching the top of your shoe to the bottom of the bumper about halfway between the center and one side. Like you were punting a football. This works better than waving your foot back and forth.
The capital Tata Motors invested was certainly necessary. But not sufficient for JLR's success. BLMC/British Leyland, Rover Group, BMW, and Ford all provided capital to Jaguar and Land Rover in the past, yet none of them could manage the brands properly.
The most important things Ratan Tata provided beyond the capital injection to ensure JLR's success were trust in JLR's employees and the freedom for those people to pursue their own strategy. Dr. Speth said the following in an interview with Economic Times last year.