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Ford: focus on the product

Ford [F] has reduced its 2005 earnings forecast and has stated that it is no longer on course to reach its 2006 profit target. The firm's troubles mirror those of the other US automotive icon, GM, as the 'big two' see their traditional hegemony in the domestic market coming under threat from Asian rivals. However it will take more than a cost cutting drive to rectify the problem.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2005
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Ford: fuel cell pioneer

Ford [F] will be trialing fuel cell technology in Canada over the next three years, and hopes to make the cars commercially available by 2020. Fuel cell cars are likely to have a disproportionate impact in the fleet market, where players will have to adapt their fuel management and maintenance strategies to suit the new technologies.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2003
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Ford: Jaguar is on a long and winding road

News of another cash injection for Ford's [F] ailing luxury sedan brand Jaguar suggests that the widening losses at the business continue to undermine Ford's recovery plan. However Ford is right to shore up the firm financially while its restructuring takes effect, though it should also hope that American consumers regain their penchant for sedans over SUVs.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2005
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Ford: playing it safe

In recent years, Ford has been plagued by ongoing safety concerns over some of its vehicles, most notably the Explorer SUV. Having faced no less than 12 court cases concerning the safety of this model alone, it has now sensibly adopted a policy of mass recalls where even a slight safety risk has been identified.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2004
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Ford: racing to catch up in China

Ford [F] has struggled to resurrect its fortunes over the past 12 months in the face of price pressures in the US and disappointing sales in Europe. The Chinese market has been growing strongly of late, and Ford needs to improve its position in areas such as this, which still have big potential.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Oct 2003
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Ford: rebel without a clause

Martin Leach, the former head of Ford's [F] European operations, has been granted an injunction against Ford, preventing the automotive giant from enforcing a two-year non-compete clause. As Ford struggles to meets its goals in Europe, the negative publicity, however short lived, is the last thing that it needs.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2004
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Ford: repeated price wars cannot sustain growth

Ford has become the latest of the 'big three' carmakers to return to the discount game just two days after its main competitor General Motors. Not only do the recurring price wars between the leading US players indicate the underlying seriousness of their current situation, the discounting strategy represents what is arguably an unsustainable 'quick-fix' solution.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Nov 2005
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Ford: roof strength may be a weak point

Ford [F] is once again in the limelight for all the wrong reasons, having been accused of covering up data contradicting its assertion that there is no link between roof strength and roll-over fatalities. The company will not be grateful of the publicity whether the report is well founded or not. If the assertions prove valid though, Ford will have an even more serious problem on its hands.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2005
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Ford: stuck in reverse?

The stocks of the second-biggest US carmaker fell as Ford issued its second profit warning this year and announced that a further 1,700 of its US staff would lose their jobs. Rising costs of raw materials and soaring employee health contributions are often cited as the main reasons for Ford's woes, but these alone are insufficient to explain its malaise fully.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2005
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Ford: the end of the road for Mercury?

Ford has confirmed media speculation that its beleaguered Mercury marque is to be wound down due to struggling performance, and by Q4 of 2010, the US brand founded in 1939 by Edsel Ford, is to go the same way as GM's Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer marques.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2010

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