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MarketWatch (November 27)

2018/ 11/ 29 by jd in Global News

The plan to close plants and slash workforce “is good for GM—and it could shake up things at Tesla and Ford too.” Despite coming under political fire, GM’s “newly announced cost-cutting plan has drawn praise on Wall Street, with analysts applauding the car maker for sharpening its focus on higher-growth areas such as driverless and electric vehicles and forestalling a slowdown in its business.”

 

 

Chicago Tribune (September 27)

2018/ 09/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Separating politics from process in Washington is harder than scraping gum from the sidewalk in summer. But for the benefit of Ford, Kavanaugh and the confirmation process…. there should be more investigative work done….. A quick vote up or down would leave unanswered the fundamental question of a Supreme Court nominee’s character and fitness.”

 

CNBC (April 27)

2018/ 04/ 29 by jd in Global News

“So is it really the end of the American car on its home turf? From the way Detroit’s major executives are talking, it would seem so. Ford said Wednesday it will only offer two new cars in North America over the coming years…. GM is moving along the same lines.”

 

The Economist (September 3)

2016/ 09/ 06 by jd in Global News

“An epic struggle looms. It will transform daily life as profoundly as cars did in the 20th century: reinventing transport and reshaping cities, while also dramatically reducing road deaths and pollution.” Across several industries companies have grasped “the transformative potential of electric, self-driving cars, summoned on demand.” With Uber poised to lead this race, “technology firms including Apple, Google and Tesla are investing heavily in autonomous vehicles; from Ford to Volvo, incumbent carmakers are racing to catch up.”

 

Bloomberg (December 22)

2015/ 12/ 23 by jd in Global News

Rather than a battle to the death between “lumbering” automakers and disruptive Silicon Valley, the deal between Google and Ford proves “that Detroit and Silicon Valley are increasingly likely to collaborate rather than compete” to realize autonomous vehicles. Ford’s decision to collaborate “may accelerate the decline of the traditional industry, but by taking an early seat at the table right next to Google, the firm has secured a position of relevance in the new mobility paradigm.”

 

Financial Times (October 25)

2013/ 10/ 26 by jd in Global News

“A painful and protracted hangover from the financial crisis has slashed demand for cars in Europe, forcing mainstream manufacturers to close factories, lay off workers and fill their financial statements with red ink.” Despite these measures, however, the industry is still struggling with overcapacity, compelling many global automakers to subsidize European losses with sales elsewhere. Providing a glimmer of optimism for Europe, however, Ford “called the bottom of the disastrous market slump on Thursday, the first carmaker confident enough to turn tentative hopes into official profit guidance and draw a financial line under six years of falling sales.”

 

Barron’s (August 21)

2010/ 08/ 26 by jd in Global News

General Motors (GM) is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO). This is not just any IPO. President Obama has pledged that taxpayers will get their entire $50 billion investment back. Barron’s is not optimistic. “We figure that the company’s market value could be around $66 billion, or $118 a share.” That would value GM higher than Ford or Daimler, but “it would take a price of around $135 a common share” for taxpayers to get their full $50 billion back.

 

Bloomberg (June 2)

2010/ 06/ 03 by jd in Global News

Another one bites the dust. By yearend, Ford will end its Mercury brand. Sales of the 77-year old brand peaked in 1978 at 579,498, but fell to 92,299 in 2009. Mercury joins other departed Detroit brands including Pontiac, Saturn, Oldsmobile and Plymouth. Going forward, Ford will focus on its namesake Ford brand and high-end Lincoln brand. The only U.S. automaker not to accept money from the government’s TARP program, Ford earned $2.7 billion in 2009 and expects to be solidly profitable in 2010.

 

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