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    You should read this: http://www.denniscarey.com/publications/How the Ford board recruited Alan Mulally.pdf
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    Why do you think they fired Mark Fields? They saw what was happening and fired the guy responsible.
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    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."
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    Many long-time employees were offered a sweetened retirement package. My last Ford contact who worked in EV's (and her husband) were both offered a package they couldn't refuse. They left on December 31st. She worked at Ford about 30 years.
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    My contacts who worked for Ford have all retired. Talking to them though, they always mentioned the unnecessary layers of bureaucracy that got in the way of them doing their job. Sounds like this reorganization has, finally, addressed that. Of course, it comes at a cost. Never easy to tell a person they no longer have a job. I wish those leaving the company well.
  6. Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press also drove it. https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2019/05/17/review-2020-ford-police-interceptor/3690347002/
  7. "May 15 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co plans to start production of new luxury Lincoln models in China for that market as they are launched, starting with the new Corsair later this year, to benefit from lower costs and avoid the risk of tariffs, a top executive said on Monday. Shanks said all new Lincoln models, with the exception of the Navigator assembled in Louisville, Kentucky, will also be produced in China." https://www.reuters.com/article/ford-motor-china-lincoln/ford-to-build-more-lincolns-for-chinese-market-locally-cfo-idUSL2N22R0MC
  8. It seems there are more and more Rangers available at the dealerships in northern Michigan, but they're still at low numbers. Some, like my local dealer, have none in stock. A few dealerships have two. Excuse the "geek" calculations, but best I can tell, there are about nine Rangers available over eight counties (covering about 4,000 square miles). Not a lot.
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    NEW 2021 F150

    In the 1950's, flareside pickups had functional running boards. Today, I think they're mainly for show.
  10. I'll be attending a number of evening/night events in Dearborn in about a month. Guess I'll drive down Oakwood while heading back to our motel.
  11. Agreed. When you stop to think about it, there's probably no great rush to release the hybrid version. Unless they totally screw it up, demand for the new Bronco should be high and stay that way for awhile. Launching the hybrid version, a year or so after launch, would be one way of maintaining interest.
  12. Today was Ford's annual shareholders meeting. Michael Martinez works for Automotive News and covered the event. The twitter quote about the hybrid Bronco is from that meeting. The Detroit News reported the same thing.
  13. As with most class action lawsuits, this will go nowhere. The only people who benefit are the lawyers. https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2014/05/08/odds-of-a-payoff-in-consumer-class-action-less-than-a-straight-flush/#1eff4a962782 .
  14. From Automotive News: "WINDSOR, Ontario — Ford Motor Co. is dropping one of three production shifts at its Essex engine plant in Windsor, Ontario, in October because of waning demand for 5.0-liter V-8 engines in the automaker’s F-series trucks. The move was made “to better align with consumer demand,” a Ford Canada spokesman told Automotive News Canada in an email." "F-series truck buyers can choose among 2.7-, 3.3-, 3.5- and 5.0-liter engines — as well as a diesel variant — and many are opting for smaller engines, D’Agnolo said." https://www.autonews.com/manufacturing/ford-scale-back-v-8-engine-output-ontario-plant
  15. From Automotive News. https://www.autonews.com/sales/ford-follows-gm-moving-quarterly-us-sales-reporting
  16. You're missing the point. Rural areas, which are largely truck country, seem to have very few Rangers in stock. My local dealer probably has 30+ F-series in stock, but no Rangers. A dealer 35 miles away has two. And I'd rather spend 30 days in jail than to live in an urban area.
  17. As mentioned in another thread, my local dealer (rural northern Michigan) has received only one Ranger (which is now gone). Pretty hard to sell a truck when you have none in stock.
  18. I've seen only one. My local dealer had one, but apparently that's been sold. They currently have zero Rangers in stock.
  19. Lincoln design is featured on "Autoline This Week." About 26 minutes. They interview David Woodhouse. http://www.autoline.tv/journal/?cat=14813
  20. Probably not. Borg/Assimilator left BON well before the Ford/Rivian tie-up.
  21. Green grass and green trees? It snowed a bit here Monday.
  22. Navistar is a shadow of its former International Harvester self. Downsized and spun-off. Not at all like the IH most of us grew up wth.
  23. International went away back in 1986.
  24. From Automotive News: "Ford Motor Co. executives have promised for months that they wouldn't abandon customers who want the sedans it's discontinuing in North America. Now those plans are becoming clearer. Jim Baumbick, Ford's vice president of enterprise product line management, on Wednesday said the automaker would by 2022 add an "affordable" nameplate aimed at filling the hole left by ending sales of the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Taurus sedans. A Ford spokesman declined to say what sort of body style it would have or how big it would be. "It's an example of how we're moving faster, working together differently and leveraging our five all-new flexible vehicle architectures," Ford said in a statement. "We came up with the concept in just 12 weeks using our new product creation process. Previous all-new vehicles could have taken years of research before receiving approval." https://www.autonews.com/future-product/ford-add-affordable-nameplate-2022