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mchicha
07-01-2008, 01:38 PM
Ford Motor's June sales skid 27.9 percent


DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales tumbled 27.9 percent in June as high gas prices and a weak economy deepened the trouble facing the company.

The company blames the decline on high gas prices and low consumer confidence that are sending buyers to the sidelines. Ford reports steep drops in sales of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.
For the first half of the year, Ford's sales were down 14 percent compared with the year-ago period.
Ford is the first automaker to report sales data Tuesday. Industry analysts expect June to be a dismal month for the industry with sales down double digits from last June.
They also say Toyota Motor Corp. may take the U.S. sales lead from General Motors Corp.

YAHOO NEWS (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080701/ap_on_bi_ge/auto_sales)

1931Chevy
07-01-2008, 01:44 PM
I prefer to read my monthly sales from here :D
http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=28526

mchicha
07-01-2008, 01:49 PM
I prefer to read my monthly sales from here :D
http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=28526

Its definitely a blood bath

megeebee
07-01-2008, 02:00 PM
Ouch.







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Z0mg Seth
07-01-2008, 02:31 PM
The new Explorer/Fiesta/Focus need to hurry up!!

mchicha
07-01-2008, 03:17 PM
The new Explorer/Fiesta/Focus need to hurry up!!

why would they need a new exploder while they already have the edge? the Exploder should die. They just need an LWB Edge for 3 row seating

Z0mg Seth
07-01-2008, 03:44 PM
Unless the Edge looses weight, the Explorer is needed more than the Edge.

falcon lover
07-01-2008, 04:49 PM
Focus -5.5% ?????????? is not a mistake???

Only the Fusion is selling better than a year ago.

Is a completly disaster!!! Edge, Escape, Focus, all down! Why??

Mullaly need to sell Volvo and rethink again abouth the future line of Ford cars and crossovers... Edge down???? Escape down???????????

The F-150 and Explorer are in life support. The Expedition and Navigator are dead!!!

Oh my God.... save us....

mchicha
07-01-2008, 05:28 PM
Focus -5.5% ?????????? is not a mistake???

Only the Fusion is selling better than a year ago.

Is a completly disaster!!! Edge, Escape, Focus, all down! Why??

Mullaly need to sell Volvo and rethink again abouth the future line of Ford cars and crossovers... Edge down???? Escape down???????????

The F-150 and Explorer are in life support. The Expedition and Navigator are dead!!!

Oh my God.... save us....hold your horses. People are just holding on for the fire sale. Toyota is like down what? 21%? Even Corolla and Vibe is not selling.
Toyota car sales fell 9.4 percent in June while its truck sales were off 38.8 percent.

igor
07-01-2008, 05:41 PM
since everyone else reports on DSR - Ford is down 19.3% - still not pretty, Toyota down 11% DSR, and GM down 8% DSR

Igor

Mbukukanyau
07-01-2008, 08:12 PM
Focus -5.5% ?????????? is not a mistake???

Ford Focus’ sales to individual retail customers were 9 percent higher than a year ago. It is the fleet numbers that are down on this vehicle line according to automotive news and www.media.ford.com (http://www.media.ford.com)

for some reason the author of this post chooses to paint a gloomy picture of ford and all sunshine and happiness for GM. Have to wonder why all of these GM fans are reporting here anyway.
I think that was a Yahoo article. Its negative and did not go into details of the report.
There is bright spots. Ford however needs to pull foward the launch of Fiesta and Fusion

djhogie
07-01-2008, 09:06 PM
I don't understand why the big 3 are cutting back on fleet sales. The profit maybe slim, but its a profit. I went into a Hertz store last Saturday to rent a Mustang for a trip I want to take on the old U.S. 66 Thru Missouri, and it was 99.9 foreign cars. Hertz was owned by Ford at one time. If I have a car in for service or just need another car to use and I rent a foreign car, I may just like it better than a Ford product. The same thing the other way around, A person might rent a Ford who owns a foreign car and likes the Ford. A possible sale down the road. Ford been pushing how good its products are. Rentals are one why to get its cars out there. If foreign makers can put its cars in fleet sales, why can't Ford and the others?:confused:

2b2
07-02-2008, 02:24 AM
imho, Djhogie, the Big3 over-did the fleet sales in the past...
and just like with changing any perception-thing - going a bit farther than the imports now (be it higher quality or lower fleet %'s) is a way to reverse/improve the perceptions
(as LMdealer verifies is happening)

I expect a moderate amount of rental sales (10-15-20% max?) can eventually be re-instated - just don't give them much/any discount and only sell 'em fairly loaded versions ;)

Logans Run
07-02-2008, 05:00 PM
Even though Lincoln/Mercury were down for the month, it was nice to see the LM dealers outsell Lexus.

The downside is that this major dip in luxury car sales is not just due to the cost of gas. It is being driven by a slow economy, which the press keeps pounding into everyone's head. Look at Starbucks...they are closing 600 stores because people do not feel right buying $5 cups of coffee right now. You will likely see lots of microbreweries folding since they won't be selling thier $10 a six-pack beers. Maybe basic coffee shops and reasonably priced beer makers will see an upswing in sales. Maybe this is a good thing. People need to stop spending to excess on everything. There was a time that you may have had one or two mansions in a town, now it seems like that is all they are building. When I was a kid, a 19" tv was big enough for 95% of the people...now everyone thinks they need at least a 27", and would really like a 42" set.
If people would start buying less expensive houses/cars/entertainment, they would have more money to spend on a wider variety of items, spreading their money out to more companies, and keeping people employed.

The luxury car market is usually one of the first ones hit. Any car/truck over $35,000 will be feeling it this year. I bet yacht makers are sweating, and vacation resorts are seeing less people. I even read an article where casinos are finding it harder to bring in high rollers.
The economy will cycle through again, and luxury cars will make a slow comeback. SUV's on the other hand, will never return to their former glory. CUV's are here to stay, but don't be surprised if you start to see small and mid-sized wagons making a strong comeback...build it and they will come.

falcon lover
07-02-2008, 05:23 PM
What to do now?

my ideas:
1.- Push forward the Fiesta and derivatives launch. 6 months may be crucial for Ford in the actual disaster scenario
2.- Push forward the development and launch of the F-100 medium size truck. 1 year is the desirable ( maybe necesary) time for that debut.This truck must have 4 cil engines, and optional 6 and small 8 cil.
3.- Escape redesing in the next 18 months cutting 300 or 400 pounds weight , or better, change the actual Escape for the european Kuga rigth now.
4.- Redesing the Edge in the next 18 months and cut the weight as much as 400 or 500 pounds.
5.- Kill the actual Expedition and Navigator and build new "big" SUVs from the next F-100 plattform in small numbers (better, maybe the Navigator wont come to life again)
6.- Build a new unibody Explorer ASAP. Maybe on a shortened Flex plattform, with more ground clearance for more offroad capacity. Cut the Explorer production by half, and transform the plants for the Fiesta derivatives rigth now.
7.- Plan a new medium-small size car bettwin Focus and Fusion. A RWD sport and ligth weigth sedan is not a bad idea. Platform for this car?: the Mustang !, adding volume to the plant that produce the pony car. This car must have 4 cil engines, with 4-ecoboost version for performance.
8.- Import from SouthAmerica the actual version of the Fiesta and Ecosport small SUV derivative. Those are good cars and are ready to sell until the new Fiesta debut in USA
9.- Build cheapest version of the actual Focus and double the numbers of this car production
10.- Planificate a new family of 4 cil engines, from 1 lt to 2,5 lt, with ecoboost version for performance. This 4 cil will be for the Fiesta et al ( 1 to 1,5 lt) ,Focus (1 to 2.0 lt) Fusion ( 2.0 to 2.5 lt) Mustang (2.0 to 2.5 lt) and ecoboost version for Edge, New Explorer,F-100,Flex,neo Expedition and new Taurus
11.- New Taurus with small engines ( 4 and 6 cil)
12.- Push forward the launch of the new Focus and derivatives. New sedans, SUV and monospace derivatives and coupe must be the core of the future Ford line of cars.


The money for this plan? Sell Volvo rigth now. Cut more jobs, close the semi-closed plants ( RWD big sedans plants, one of the Explorer plants, one of the F-series plants).

Are we in time to save Ford??

I´m not sure.

2b2
07-02-2008, 09:53 PM
7a.- Plan a new medium-small size car bettwin Focus and Fusion.

YES!!!
kinda think the C2 Focus might grow a bit tho (for Europe too!)
so
perhaps an Escort could fit betwn the Fiesta and nextgen-Focus?

either way definitely agree there's room for 2 models betwn Fiesta & Fusion
(of course I also think the Fusion might be as big a (Fwd) car as the Ford-brand needs)

7b.- A RWD sport and ligth weigth sedan is not a bad idea. Platform for this car?: the Mustang !, adding volume to the plant that produce the pony car. This car must have 4 cil engines, with 4-ecoboost version for performance.


really think the Reflex will happen as a small sport model - not sure about F-R-Awd

want to comment on your other ideas too F.L. - Good List! -
but will have to do it later
(& maybe this could be a separate thread???)

1931Chevy
07-02-2008, 11:38 PM
focus sales are down because the problem Ford is having is in the distribution line since the fall of the teamsters and imagine some dealers have been out of focus since the start of june and received some of them by the last week of june and the same goes with the escape

1931Chevy
07-03-2008, 12:15 AM
^ well part of what Falcon wants its coming but it will take sometime, Ford is already working on making the cars lighter , the expy is going unibody, the escape is merging with the kuga

MaxLegroom
07-03-2008, 07:05 AM
Don't mind if I bring up the usual point about the media, but I was hearing them at it again on NPR yesterday afternoon. They were discussing the latest trends in cars, mentioning how sales of American SUVs were down, and while mentioning sales of Japanese economy cars being up, completely and do I ever mean completely failing to mention that the sales of American compacts (Cobalt, Focus) having also risen.

ndwariga
07-03-2008, 01:09 PM
Don't mind if I bring up the usual point about the media, but I was hearing them at it again on NPR yesterday afternoon. They were discussing the latest trends in cars, mentioning how sales of American SUVs were down, and while mentioning sales of Japanese economy cars being up, completely and do I ever mean completely failing to mention that the sales of American compacts (Cobalt, Focus) having also risen.This is just me, but, there seems to be a desire to destroy United States from the media. They just never write anything positive about our industry.
In korea or Japan or any other place, people buy local, even if its crap and they know its is crap

CTYankee
07-06-2008, 10:19 PM
Re: the Focus, my local dealer has over a dozen on the lot right now and more on order. The Focus and the Fusion are the units that are moving for them right now.

My new '08 Focus now has just over 500 miles on the clock and my MPG average is a reliable 37 and change due to a mostly highway commute with little stop-and-go. My last fill-up cost $38.00 after more than 350 miles.

With respect to quality, the structure is completely solid, the interior noise volume at speed is very low, and the ride is smooth even over rough road sections.

My wife drove it briefly last week and told me that, in a couple of years, when we get rid of her Honda Accord, she'll definitely consider a Focus. This, from a woman who has owned nothing but Honda since 1985.

I think the Focus will serve Ford well for however long it takes to bring the new model to market. If the Fusion/Milan are equally good, Ford should be able to stage a comeback in spite of the economy.

Under no circumstances should they rush anything to market and risk the quality gains they've made.

SobeSVT
07-07-2008, 04:54 PM
This is just me, but, there seems to be a desire to destroy United States from the media. They just never write anything positive about our industry.
In korea or Japan or any other place, people buy local, even if its crap and they know its is crap

I think we need to find a middle ground and the internet is the ideal tool to do so. Senseless bashing of American products is borderline criminal and we see a lot of it, but critic-less cheerleading is also as bad and must be avoided at all costs as it will only encourage a sense of self entitlement that has no place in modern industry.