Re: 9 New Nameplates by 2023
I'm sure PMD could be a wonderful person but I meant as a journalist I give him no weight. That's just me though. I've seen how journalists can shape opinions - they can be very dangerous when the uninitiated can't read between the lines.
There's no problem in being critical of Ford, except that he is very unbalanced in his method, which is of the glass-half-empty kind. As you say, glyphics, he's given other manufacturers the same treatment. To me that says click bait is probably the main reason for his... extremisim.
Have you come across "the auto expert" on YouTube? He's a long time journalist that figured he'd make a quick buck making himself a YouTube celebrity. All he does is find fault in anything, and when people comment telling him how silly he looks he encourages them to make more comments and I quote "I'm getting more clicks, keep the insults coming". He's the guy that caused an uproar by going on national TV saying Ford is being totally irresponsible reckless for having a drift option on the Focus RS, causing all the nuggets and nannies calling to ban the vehicle from sale in Australia.
This guy, early in his career, was kind of OK. Kept his head down and wrote half decent articles. Now, his credibility as a journalist is zero, but there are always people that can't smell the bullshit, and that's why my friend I'm happy to call a spade a spade.
The automotive press in Australia were partially responsible for the collapse of local manufacturing in this country because they neglected to mention let alone lobby for the lack of protection the Australian government had for its auto industry. Instead, readers were subjected to doom and gloom articles telling them how Ford is going to collapse. Little did they know that if Ford closed then their darling, the "fully Austrayan" (GM-owned) Holden, and Toyota would also stop manufacturing.