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JUST GOT THIS OFF CNN HEADLINES ABOUT FORD

1. Cutting 35,000 jobs
2.Closing 5 plants
3.Dropping escort,Mercury Cougar,Villager,Lincoln Continental models.
4. Slashing dividend for second time in a year.

Wow I am glad I bought my Bullitt. Looks like Ford is hurting I wonder if they are going to have extra funds to put toward the Mach 1 and the terminator. For some reason I dont think the Mach 1 is going to happen. This time last year you could put a deposit on the Bullitt. You can't do that now for a MAch 1.



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They are, however, committing major money to product development and improving quality.

The best thing to do to help is buy a new Ford and tell all your friends !!

Long live Dearborn Assembly Plant !!
 

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I feel terrible for those who are basically losing their jobs. It is a sign of the times but as with all things, it will swing around again. Hard to tell someone that when things were so good for a long time. I just hope that all can rebound.

There are cutbacks everywhere. I'd be surprised if they put out the Mach1 now. They can still cancel that program and it is one more area that they may consider if they are serious. Unfortunately for the enthusiast....this is not a great thing.

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I'd bet the Mach I is still available.

It's based on a best-seller Mustang (Escort, Cougar, etc are all low-profit cars).

It'll keep the public interested in the Mustang while the new Mustang is getting built and likely put off the new car for a year or 2.

Or I could be wrong...
 

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The Mach 1 may be considered a higher profit car than the Escort etc. but if they have mechanical/quality trouble like the Bullitt has had, then it probably won't be considered higher profit.

I may be wrong but I'll bet they have more profit on the low end Mustangs/regular GT's than the ones with special engines and transmissions like the Cobra and Bullitt. I stand to be corrected if I am wrong. I am sure someone will let me know.
 

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I thought they dropped the Escort in 2000. I think they did here in Canada, the Focus replaced the Contour, Mystique and Escort.
 

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Escort is still available as a 2002 fleet vehicle (at least in the US). 2002 Escort ZX2 is still available to all. I'm assuming that they plan to cancel the ZX2 also. It's too bad cuz I think of the Focus as "Ford's Aztek"...

As for Ford not making enough profit from low-run vehicles like the Bullitt... That boils down to design & manufacturing quality and time spent on R&D. The Bullitt was supposed to have 275 hp, but was officially bumped down to 265. As is usual Ford procedure, not enough time and way too much money spent on R&D. (Another example of this, the Contour/Mystique/Mondeo "world car" had a $6 billion R&D & plant retooling cost).

If you also notice, over the past few years, Ford has reduced the number of options on their vehicle lines, removing or making standard what has previously been optional. Look at the 2001 Mustang GT. Other than color, the GT Deluxe has 3 options--auto, leather, Mach460. The GT Premium had 1 option--auto. Compare that to a '99 GT and the number of options available. Reduce the variability in manufacturing (in the case of cars--"options") and you reduce cost.
 

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I would love to know just what it costs Ford to manufacture a car. I do know that most of the big three's profits are from trucks. I think I just read that the F150 is the world's best selling nameplate of last year. And you know that they make a profit on a stripped truck like a work truck-Imagine the profit when you add the Harley package or the King Ranch-The engineering and tooling is the same as for the price leader. I doubt Ford will build the GT-40, it's just a show car.
 

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I'm not so sure that Ford won't build the GT40. The car is alot closer to production than the GT90 was a few years ago. If Ford wanted to put something out there to compete with the Viper and such I'd say the 40 would be it. Plus it would be consistent with Ford being so "retro" lately (T-Bird, Bullitt, 49).
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Hi Karl,

I would have to agree with you on that one. I just did the math and I have been doing on line support for HP for just over 16 years now. BTW, Mr. Platt is here in Somoma County making wine :wink:...

Hang in there.

Bud
 
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