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FORD MOTOR COMPANY TO PARTICIPATE IN J.P. MORGAN’S AUTO CONFERENCE 2018; COMPANY TO SHARE DETAILS ON OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES, COMMITMENT TO A HIGH-MARGIN GROWTH PORTFOLIO
AUG 2, 2018 | DEARBORN, MICH.

DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 2, 2018 – On Wednesday, Aug. 8, Hau Thai-Tang, Ford Motor Company’s executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing, will present at J.P. Morgan’s 2018 Auto Conference in New York.

Thai-Tang will discuss elements of Ford’s previously announced target of $25.5 billion in cumulative cost and efficiency opportunities through 2022, which represents an average annual improvement of about 3 percent in the company’s planned cost base, as well as Ford’s plan to allocate capital to its high-margin growth portfolio.

Thai-Tang will provide an overview of how Ford is revamping its product development system to improve efficiency, quality and speed to market, including a move to five modular, flexible architectures from nine global platforms.

In addition to operational improvements, Thai-Tang will discuss the company’s capital allocation strategy to refocus capital on high-margin, high-growth businesses. For example, in 2015, Ford’s five-year plan was to allocate 63 percent of product capital to trucks, commercial vehicles and utilities. Ford’s updated five-year plan starting in 2019 calls for allocating about 90 percent of product capital expenditures on trucks, commercial vehicles and utilities, delivering vehicles Ford’s customers want.

Thai-Tang also will provide a glimpse into the future of Ford’s winning portfolio, including the new silhouettes the company is developing to satisfy a broad range of customers.

Ford’s presentation will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. EDT at J.P. Morgan’s office in New York City, 383 Madison Ave., and can be accessed on Aug. 8 at shareholder.ford.com or by clicking on this link.
 

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I have seen the silhouettes.

Trust me, there is little there to be excited about.
:( I was at first disappointed to hear that but then I figured it may be good to hear your opinion ahead of time as to not get my hopes up. Hopefully it'll be a difference of our opinions, but yeah it's probably nothing for us to get excited about. I'll still look forward to seeing what they say about the silhouettes but I'm more curious about the five modular architectures they'll be discussing. And possibly more.
 

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"...90 percent of product capital expenditures on trucks, commercial vehicles and utilities"

Yeah, based on the limited product portfolio plan, the silhouettes will all be big boxes, medium boxes and small boxes. One can only pretend to be excited about a tall box on wheels for so long.
 

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I think Hau Thai Tang is walking into and ambush of questions intended for Hacket
and with the softening of US profits and losses globally, I think Hackett's plans
are already in the "Shytter", so to speak.
 

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Wasnt that bad as far as questions go, but other than talks about platforms and such there wasnt a ton of info per say.
 

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Why didn't they make a side view of these cars? I can only make out a few trucks, the Mustang and Bronco. Two of them though look sort of like car replacements? Time will tell what they are.
 

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Several are copy/pastes of each other, so I really wouldn't pay too much attention to those.
 

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I don't think Ford has gotten to the phase of experimental Shilouettes yet, everything I've seen through 2021/2022 is packaged in a familiar crossover fashion which is where the market is. The sedan is extremely dead in Ford's eyes, they want to stay away from that profile but I'm sure crossover will eventually evolve as people look for something new and exciting. European luxury tends to be the trendsetters both in tech and design so that may point the way with coupe-like utilities.

2020 Ford is developing multiple personalities which I think is good, they have quite a bit of design diversity going on from the lean and sophisticated Explorer, to the sporty Escape, to the rugged Bronco and CX430. Not much in the way of experimental profiles or risky designs unfortunately, but they are targeting sure bets with distinct personalities.

2020 is going to be a very busy year, but I think you'll be surprised by how many more vehicles they can sell once they get the new trucks and utilities onboard, the sedan volume will be forgotten fairy quickly. I just hope Ford hasn't forgotten how to launch new products, it's been a long drought and now they are going to be launching a ton of MAJOR all-new factory-gutting products all at once. Ford didn't do so well at this the last time. So if they do this smoothly, that's a major achievement.
 

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About two weeks ago, Autoevolution posted these images...
All-New Bronco and rugged yet-to-be-named small SUV

All-New Ford Escape teaser

-https://www.autoevolution.com/news/ford-teases-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-future-suv-lineup-127407.html#
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/ford-teases-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-future-suv-lineup-127407.html#agal_4

*The all-new Escape teaser image appears only as a thumbnail size image in the JP Morgan auto conference presentation.

I don't see them on the media website of Ford. Any official links with info?
 

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About two weeks ago, Autoevolution posted these images...
All-New Bronco and rugged yet-to-be-named small SUV

All-New Ford Escape teaser

-https://www.autoevolution.com/news/ford-teases-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-future-suv-lineup-127407.html#
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/ford-teases-hybrid-plug-in-hybrid-future-suv-lineup-127407.html#agal_4

*The all-new Escape teaser image appears only as a thumbnail size image in the JP Morgan auto conference presentation.

I don't see them on the media website of Ford. Any official links with info?
These were all shown months ago at Detroit IIRC.
 

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These were all shown months ago at Detroit IIRC.
The Escape teaser and Small rugged SUV teaser under a car cover were posted online on July 26 by several automotive websites.

Ford's media website never posted these images though.
 

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The Escape teaser and Small rugged SUV teaser under a car cover were posted online on July 26 by several automotive websites.

Ford's media website never posted these images though.
That may have been when these sites posted them, but Ford showed them back in March (not at NAIAS, I was mistaken about that).
 
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