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  2. Thank you Ford! Reuters / May 21, 2019 Volkswagen AG truck brand Scania said on Tuesday it will invest 1.4 billion reais (US$344.14 million) to modernize its Brazilian factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo, an industrial city near Sao Paulo. The investment in the historic center of Brazil’s auto industry follows Ford Motor Co’s decision to exit the heavy truck business in South America and shut down its plant in the same city, which could benefit the remaining players in the sector. During the first four months of 2019, sales of Scania heavy trucks increased 31% compared to the same period a year ago, according to data compiled by local automakers association Anfavea. The investment comes at a time when the state of Sao Paulo, which long dominated the Brazilian auto industry, has seen auto companies set up factories elsewhere, lured by tax incentives. Earlier this year, General Motors threatened big cuts in its Sao Paulo factories. That prompted state governor Joao Doria to negotiate aggressively, ending in the launch of a new incentive package for auto makers in the state. GM then decided to invest $2.7 billion to take advantage of the tax program. The new Scania investment will start in 2021 and end in 2024, following its 2016 to 2020 investments, which total 2.6 billion reais, the company said in a joint statement with the Sao Paulo state government. Scania’s latest financial commitment is aimed at overhauling its assembly line, as well as introducing a new generation of trucks in Latin America.
  3. And once again we will wait for what seems like forever for a real photo of what it's going to look like.
  4. https://leftlanenews.com/ford/ford-to-reveal-mach-e-this-year/
  5. And while you are checking any word as to when they will start production of the Aviator GT?
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  7. paintguy

    ceramic seats versus 401A option group

    The unfortunate thing about the 401A package is that the 3 colors are Black, a blue so dark you need a color analyzer to show it isn't black (hence the blue thread) and red. Anyone who wants a light color interior is left out. Situation is worse with other performance Fords. The ST models and the former SHO and Sport models only offer black.
  8. I don't think they'll do away with the gas version before the complete end of production, it just seems to be apparent the emphasis is on the Hybrid which fits the corporate push for hybrid everything.
  9. fuzzymoomoo


    Yeah IMO the faster Farley hits the road, the better. I've always liked Joe Hinrichs (even though I questioned a few of his decisions a few years ago) and I'm glad to see him seemingly finally being positioned to take over once Hackett decides his work is done. I do still have a problem with Hackett's overuse of hyperbole. We get it, you know a lot of big words. Quit showing off.
  10. mackinaw


    Is he? From today's Detroit News: "In a note, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy appeared to disagree. He wrote that the final phase of Hackett's turnaround gives "credence" to the slower approach for which he was criticized — most openly by Morgan Stanley's Jonas. "Ford has made a number of one-off announcements on various restructuring actions, which are starting to add up," Murphy wrote. "In our view, Ford's workforce reduction announcement ... illustrates that the company's ongoing efforts are very much concrete, and should start to be better appreciated by the investment community. Ford's 'Tough' days are starting to fade into the rearview."
  11. You’ll remember that ford pulled out of the truck JV with Toyota after it realised that Toyota was miles behind them.
  12. Another option is to make Fusion beyond MY 2020 hybrid and PHEV only for the U.S. as fuzzymoomoo mentioned. That will help Ford's CAFE and environmental performance ratings. Ford's non-hybrid passenger cars have traditionally lagged the industry in those respects. And the hybrid/Energi versions are the best Ford Fusions anyway.
  13. Yep. Forgot about the EcoSport and Conti.
  14. PREMiERdrum


    It's nuts, right? I think the rank-and-file will be on board before the ball drops, but my contacts have had me high on him forever and I'm glad to see you start to turn around. Any time things are coming behind a curve, there will be those to piss off and feelings to be hurt. Jim understood the holes that needed filled and the cuts that needed made, and most importantly, wasn't afraid to make the cuts that needed made. Ford is better off that he's there. And, as much as it pains me to say it, is better with Farley on the way out.
  15. EcoSport has the 6F transmission. If you want to count Lincolns both MKZ and Continental still use the 6 speed.
  16. rperez817


    Adams Jonas is correct. While the plan Ford announced yesterday is a step in the right direction, there are many more jobs that Ford will need to cut in order to become and stay "fit" long term. For comparison, GM's Plan for Transformation reduces the size of its global workforce by 15%.
  17. I believe that the 20 Fusion will be the only North American Ford with the 6 speed automatic as well as the 2.5 and 1.5 engines. I would think Ford could save money by eliminating these power plants and going to the 8 speed and 1.5 I-3 (with the 2.0 I-4 remaining available).
  18. kyle


    This would not be good but sounds like their is some merit there.... “The bottom line is that Ford’s announced job cuts are absurd," said market analyst Jon Gabrielsen, who advises automakers and auto suppliers. "No one who analyzes the Ford situation believes that 7,000 job cuts remotely scratches the surface of what will be required for Ford’s long-term longevity." He added, "Adam Jonas, the most respected analyst in the business, estimates that Ford will need to cut an additional 23,000 salaried workers through 2022, for a total of 30,000 since late 2018. My own estimate, arrived at separately and before his report came out, indicated an additional 22,000 cuts would be needed." https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2019/05/21/ford-job-cuts-analysts/3754205002/
  19. I didn't realize the Modeo got it, but yeah, like akirby said, it won't plug the hole in the sinking ship.
  20. Locked...going too political/off topic for its own good.
  21. That's what happens when you kill something then bring it back from the dead. You've lost all the work that had been done on the updated model and it's too late to start over for just another couple of model years. If they had done a proper refresh in 2017 then it would be easier to support drivetrain upgrades. Without any visual updates the mechanicals won't matter.
  22. This topic seems to move from a discussion of the wisdom of an electric car policy to a battle fo the states, maybe should be closed
  23. Very interesting info, thanks for sharing this msm859 sir. One of my neighbors in Fort Worth moved here from Alameda, California (near Oakland). Not necessarily because of high taxes or regulations in California, but simply because he had relatives in the DFW Metroplex and because he could buy a home for his family at a much lower cost in Fort Worth.
  24. You're half right because the ST-Line has the 1.5 EB - It's like the appearance pack ST and this is what I suspect the Puma will get. FoE seems to be making a lot more ho hum boring I-3Ts and diesels in Europe/ROW so I wouldn't be getting too excited about this...
  25. The Mondeo has the 8 speed for 2019. Not sure how much that would cost other than EPA testing to get it in there. It would help performance and FE. I agree the design needs updating but they did a slight refresh for 2019 and I don't understand why they didn't include the 8 speed. Especially since they did for Mondeo. The whole Ford rot on the vine strikes again. Doesn't matter why, it just does.
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