I know they're just starting their 'way forward' plan, but has anyone
else gotten a sick feeling as to how Ford's going to do this year?
First, I like Ford, and I think they've got themselves and their
relations with their subsidaries much, much better set up than GM has
with theirs... but in the shorter term, i think Ford's about to be in
Specifically, what got me on this today was that the Explorer was 'warmed
over' last year and looks exactly the same. Sales are down.
GM revises their Tahoe/Yukon and makes them (IMHO) class-leading and
sales begin strong.
GM also revises the Suburban and it receives rave reviews. Ford will
give us a warmed-over Expedition later in the year. It could be a great
truck, but it's coming across more as a refreshing of the vehicle than a
More importantly, Ford has already released the Fusion, and sales are
starting to climb.
That's just about it. While GM has introduced the Solstice and Sky, the
G6 convertibles are finally coming out, and Saturn is getting a glut of
Ford waits for the Edge.
But, the final nail that put me over the edge was when I'm reading about
the good stuff GM is doing and their excellent interiors, the latest C&D
has an article on Ford's new STATION WAGON that's slow, expensive, and
has an ugly interior. Oh, and the article on Australian Fords that could
"save the company now". Anybody remember the GM experiment that was
Holden product to america??
I see GM focused and rolling out good product and after years of
stumbling along with only a 4 speed auto tranny (which I hate them for),
they're skipping the 5speed entirely and rolling out their 6 speed!! GOOD
Ford has the Fusion.
So, thoughts? I'm quite concerned that this year will end up brutal for