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02-27-2019 10:24 PM
buzznwood
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

Have owned numerous Fords back in the UK when I relocated to this side of the pond in the late 90's it was quite disappointing to see what was on offer from Ford on these shores, it appeared to be the F-150 company and nothing else yet down in Mexico where half the Fords I would have wanted to purchased, however different regions have different tastes so I just chalked it up to that.



Then fast forward a number of years to the appointment of Alan Mulally and all of sudden Fords are back on the menu, sure they where still bean countered for the USA market but it was early days and the Euro Fords that I like where at least going to be on sale, while I was disappointed in how the mk3 Focus RS turned out even that managed to be available for purchase, but since Mulally left rather than continue and improve upon the 'one world Ford' mentality it has all reverted back to business as normal and back to being the F-150 company with everything else becoming a sea of out dated metal with minimal effort in updates that is of little interest.


Maybe there is some amazing stuff in the pipeline yet to be shown but as it stands and as great as the F-150 is I have no interest in trucks so Ford is no longer on the menu and once my Focus ST gets long in the tooth and in need of replacement I will have to return to the German camp, while Ford continues down the path to becoming the next Isuzu .
02-26-2019 03:42 AM
falcon lover
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

Even a guy like me, which has nothing to do with the automobile industry and is just a fan of Ford, knows for months that Hackett must be replaced urgently by someone who knows this industry and, preferably, someone from Ford. If this does not happen, Ford will remain as a small local company in the USA and Canada. Ford in 2017 had 6.5% of the sales share worldwide (the third after Toyota and VW). How will that percentage be today?
02-26-2019 12:39 AM
glyphics
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

Silence!

That's what I'm hearing on FIN since Peter DeLorenzo's latest "Moonbeam CEO" rant at AutoExtremist. He couldn't wait till his usual Monday or Tuesday deadline and published it on Saturday (2/23). I know you guys have read it.

Silence.

http://www.autoextremist.com

Remember, I'm a Ford fan at heart but even Ford apologists can't keep their heads in the sand for too long; sooner or later you have to breathe. Hackett is just a symptom of the problem. The real problem is that Ford is a family business and not an automobile manufacturing business. That means that the real problem is William Ford himself. As chairman, he is in the business of making certain that his cousins don't HAVE to have real jobs even though some of them may be taking paychecks away from others who might actually need jobs.

Bill Ford is not a car guy, he's a MBA and the company is run by bean counters. At least Porsche's kids became engineers but Bill couldn't cut it. I mean, he fired himself as CEO! You can't make this stuff up. He's ruining America's best car company. On the charts, his reign looks like a ski slope. Cutting R&D, focusing on share value and dividends, and NOT focusing on product has predictable results; the results we are seeing today. Ford would have gone the way of Studebaker if it weren't for the F-150, the only product that received any real attention and it didn't really need heavy R&D until the 21st century.

When I first started reading and posting on FIN, there was more activity on the Lincoln Discussion page than there is now on the whole site. I sense there's a reason for that. There is a malaise at Ford that is saturating the whole enterprise. I hope I'm wrong but I fear for the future of Ford as an independent company. It is a shadow of what it was before Bill Ford's reign. The new SUVs and BEV products had better be blockbusters, otherwise the Board of Directors are going to face a hard choice and Hackett won't be the target.
10-30-2018 10:21 AM
badhac
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

THIS "The sedan market isn't great, but it's still large and Ford simply didn't do what's necessary to compete" by letting once-strong models like the Focus and bigger Fusion go years without necessary updates" I've been saying that. All of Ford's car offerings are older than dirt, with the Focus and Fiesta plagued by the DCT issues. If Ford wouldnt have let them languish for so long with such minimal updates they would be a lot more competitive. Also they are going to lose a ton of market share, but their thinking is that selling other vehicles at a higher profit margin will make up for the lost sales. Also they're banking on brand loyalty too much, that the people trading out of their Ford sedan will just go to a Ford suv/cuv.
10-29-2018 08:41 PM
zipzoomflyfast
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

They need to get Hackett out of there. Farley would make a solid replacement for him.
10-29-2018 08:28 PM
Bloggin
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

"At $991 million, Ford's profit was more than three times that of Tesla's. The electric carmaker's earnings, however, told a very different story than Ford."

- So I am not the only one that saw this as a big problem for Ford.

"There's no question that sedan sales have tumbled as millions of American buyers have shifted to sport-utility vehicles and crossovers. But key competitors, including GM, as well as import powerhouses Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Hyundai, are, if anything, redoubling their focus. And Stephanie Brinley, a principal analyst with IHS Markit, is skeptical of Ford's decision. "The sedan market isn't great, but it's still large and Ford simply didn't do what's necessary to compete" by letting once-strong models like the Focus and bigger Fusion go years without necessary updates, she said."

"Following the May 2017 ouster of Mark Fields, Hackett launched what was billed as an intense, 100-day deep-dive aimed at addressing Ford's problems. Yet, as 2018 rapidly comes to a close, the former CEO of furniture-maker Steelcase has offered relatively few, and often inscrutable, indications of what he has in mind, leaving not only outsiders, but insiders at all levels, trying to understand precisely what directions he wants them to move in.

"A lot of us are asking the same question," a senior Ford executive, who asked not to be identified, told CNBC. "I just have to work on rallying my troops and hope we're all moving in the same direction"

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/27/ford...ying-them.html

So it's not just the consumers, investors and automotive/investor press that are confused about what Hackett's plans are, Ford's own senior management is clueless as well.

It really sounds like Hackett is blowing smoke up everywhere, and the Ford family is letting it happen.

If the Ford family lets this continue, it's not going to end well....
09-13-2017 12:56 AM
Assimilator
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

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I think it was the B Max patent in the US that stirred the rumors about more MAX in the US, along with the current B Max ending production as we know it in Europe. But then again, we did just get the Expedition MAX in the US. And Ford does like to do things in groups or name things the same. Which could mean a new series/generation of Max unlike what we have today, could be on the way.

That's why I think the B-Max could be the new small/subcompact SUV EV(like the Bolt).
The Expedition Max was already in use in Canada all these years, I doubt there is any relation.
09-12-2017 06:19 PM
Bloggin
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

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The Max nomenclature specifically refers to Europe's MPV-stype products, I'm pretty sure they plan to phase them out. That's very much a fading area of the market, they already dropped the B-Max. The Crossover is consuming all things from wagons to MPVs, to minivans and sedans, the convergence is really happening globally now.
I think it was the B Max patent in the US that stirred the rumors about more MAX in the US, along with the current B Max ending production as we know it in Europe. But then again, we did just get the Expedition MAX in the US. And Ford does like to do things in groups or name things the same. Which could mean a new series/generation of Max unlike what we have today, could be on the way.

That's why I think the B-Max could be the new small/subcompact SUV EV(like the Bolt).
09-11-2017 06:20 PM
Assimilator
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

The Max nomenclature specifically refers to Europe's MPV-stype products, I'm pretty sure they plan to phase them out. That's very much a fading area of the market, they already dropped the B-Max. The Crossover is consuming all things from wagons to MPVs, to minivans and sedans, the convergence is really happening globally now.
09-11-2017 06:14 PM
2b2
Re: Hackett 100-Day Review

this one even homages Mustang HLs
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