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  • GM's Holden also produces something like this. I remember thinking when I saw them "man, I wish they still sold something like that back home".
  • Um...... It was so far off analysts expectations, it hit the nightly news (national) on the major networks. When something garners that much attention... A storm is brewing.

    I certainly wouldn't expect what we see on the national nightly news to accurately reflect what the professional analysts were or were not expecting.
  • Ford seems to never change their marketing strategy or they just don't care what consumers say and want!

    Lets take an example, look at the all new 2008 Focus! Come on guys, don't we have talented people in America. Compare it with the Europe version of the Ford Focus...sigh! Oh, how about that new Mondeo briefly showed up in the latest Bond movie, Casino Royale? It's sexy and attractive. You do the pick, drive the 500 or that suped up Mondeo!

    My family once had 3 cars from Ford, they are just disappointing. We will never go back to Ford unless we see new changes.

    How about bringing in some European models like?
    Mondeo (vs the 500 in US)
    S-Max (vs the current Focus wagon in US)
    Focus (vs the 2008 Focus in US)
    Focus ST (vs the 2008 Focus in US)
    Galaxy (vs the Freestarin US)

    Europe has less line ups, sell less cars but more profitable.

    Something really wrong inside of Ford. :sick: I hope Mulally can do something about it. Heard he studied what Toyota did when he was with Boeing back then.

    More info: www.ford.co.uk or any other sites that features Ford outside of U.S.

    The world is changing and Ford thought Americans are still living with phone lines and local broadcasting only! :sick:
  • When companies come out with earnings that are well below expectations then the stock price plummets.

    Ford's stock price held steady for the most part therefore the price of the stock had already dropped enough to take into account the poor earnings reports.
  • Then go ahead and invest......
  • I already have some Ford stock. I was looking to buy a little more if the poor earnings report drove the price down some more. At that point the stock would truly be undervalued and a great bargin.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Motor Company has announced that its base 2008 Escape XLS will start at $19,245, including a $665 destination charge, which is a $740 reduction over the 2007 Escape. The '08 Escape Hybrid also gets a price cut of $580 versus the '07 model. The vehicles will be in showrooms by March.

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=119386

    Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford is considering a plan to bolster its North American lineup with a limited group of Europe-built models, according to new boss Alan Mulally. Among the models under investigation for sale in the U.S. market are the upcoming fourth-generation Mondeo, the European Car of the Year award-winning S-Max and the Transit Connect commercial vehicle.

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=119405

    Rocky
  • Hee Hee...... You got the ball Alan. Show 'em the brain cells!

    BRING BACK THE RANCHERO!
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Automaker blames decline on cutbacks to daily rental business; in first month, sales of new Edge crossover look solid.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070201/AUTO01/702010351/- 1148

    Rocky

    P.S. Man Ford, is ill at the momment. :surprise:
  • bigo08bigo08 Posts: 102
    yea :cry: hopefully not for to long ;)
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    While their current sales may look dismal,this is necessary for ford. Part of their turn-around has to involve changing their business practices. Dumping cars to fleet and rentals kills resale value. So if they have to endure a couple of more years of slumping sales and in the mean time they improve their products and control production, they will be a much stronger company. The problem is it will be a painful two years and who knows if they have enough money to sustain these sales slump.
  • My fear is that as they downsize and restructure they won't be able to attract and retain the necessary engineering talent to affect a turnaround.

    The question was raised on ABC whether USA needed an automotive industry in today's world. Attracting, training, and retaining domestic engineering talent is one reason we need an auto industry.
  • According to our elite America needs only consumers. Last patriotic call was about everyone going to shopping malls, restaurants and boarding airplanes to spend money. It is so different from what was called patriotism several decades ago. The question is how long Asian countries agree to provide us with free money. In the end it is kind of infinite loop – they lend us money to buy their stuff so they get money back. It is a typical American innovation – we are so smart!
  • I couldn't agree more.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    We new this was coming. Much of this was due to no fleet sales. I thnk this is VERY smart of Ford to stop fleet sales. This is a HUGE market correction for Ford in its North American markets. I think 1 or 2 more years of declines and then we will start to see Ford rebound. What sickens me are the Americans wanting a part of our nations history to fail. :sick:
  • bigo08bigo08 Posts: 102
    What sickens me are the Americans wanting a part of our nations history to fail.

    I totally agree with you
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    Agree. North America--Canada and U.S.A.--has lost so many manufacturing areas--television, photography, audio etc.etc.

    Some people and I know some personally don't seem to get it. If we don't produce manufactured goods our standard of living will be reduced dramatically. This is especially true for the auto industry. Ford, GM and to a lesser extent Chrysler are North American. They deserve a good look. Their products are far better tnan in the past and their reliability is on the way up. Toyota and Honda are not producing the quality product they did ten years ago. However, perception is hard to overcome.

    Bruce
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,144
    Really sick. I went to buy some gym socks at K-Mart a few weeks ago. The manufacturer's platic bags had printed in large white letters on a blue background "Made in USA." However, many of those bags now carry a paper label stuck over the "Made in USA" phrase "Made in Pakistan" or "Made in Mexico." It made me want to vomit. I bought one of the bags that still read "Made in USA." Those socks were probably made before the greedy losers sent the plant overseas. For those who don't believe it matters where your clothing is manufactured, I suggest you rent a video called "China Blues" which is about the plight of a Chinese girl who works in one of those sweatshops that manufactures jeans for Levis and Target.
  • heyjewelheyjewel Posts: 1,046
    Yes, this is in the Detroit News as well. They'll rename the Five Hundred to Taurus and put a Fusion grille on it. Otherwise it's the same boring car, but now people will buy it? Are you kidding me? And what of the Montego? Are they gonna rename that the Sable? Do you need an IQ over 50 to make big $$$s in a marketing career?

    I know I'm no marketing genius, but here's an idea to boost the slow sales of the Lincoln emm kay zee- rename it after the better-selling Zephyr!
  • Actually, it might not be a bad idea. You can repair the faults of the Five Hundred, but people will just remember the Five Hundred as a plain, albeit practical, and underpowered car. This may be a chance for some good marketing.

    Make some cosmetic changes (for the better), beef up the HP (which has been the car's principal failing in the auto press) and give it a new name. A chance to start over.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    I think Ford would do well to keep a particular car's name for awhile, and continually upgrade/improve it over the years. Name recognition matters.

    Actually, by "Ford", I mean "Ford North America". Ford in the rest of the world seems to understand this quite well... :mad:

    "Taurus" is about the best name choice for a North American sedan (though I REALLY would like Ford to bring back and keep "Falcon"...maybe as a new name for the Fusion?)
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Thanks for posting the link. All I will say is, you only get once chance to make a first impression. I would not waste the Taurus name on this vehicle.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Lemko,

    Looks like Ford is finally listening to me ? :)

    I've been saying for 2 years that Ford needs another Taurus. It will give them a camcord fighter and just maybe GM and Ford can take back some market share from Toyonda. ;)

    Rocky
  • Ford needs a TAURUS-- A world class car that shocks everyone with it's level of refinement, cohesiveness and innovation.

    They DON'T need is to take a completely unremarkable comitteethinkmobile give it a grille and call it Taurus.

    As I've said before, fire everyone who's been there more than 18 months...
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