News Ford forms development group of 10 divisions for 'breakthrough products'
2017 Ford Mustang FP350S Race Car Review: Performance (p)Art
Don’t contact your dealer’s sales department for this oneI've just sampled an ultra-high-performing part from the Ford Performance Parts catalog, and if it weren't already sold out I'd be urging you to pick up the phone, dial 800-367-3788 and order up part number M-FP500-FP350S. You would first need to have a pretty high credit limit and a trailer, though, because this part costs $114,990 and must be picked up in person (saving you the destination charge!). This "part" is a turnkey race car known as the Mustang FP350S. It's Ford's follow-up to the run of 50 Mustang Boss 302S club-racers built in 2011 and sold for $79,000.
More iconicvehicles may become inspiration for the rest of product range. Earlier this week, Ford spoke of trying to transfer the passion for to other vehicles in the automaker's lineup. Now the company wants to use its deep knowledge of , , and customers as a template for creating vehicles that "better meet emerging customer needs." To do that, Ford's created the Product Line Management (EPLM) group charged to "create a winning portfolio of vehicles and bring them to market faster and more efficiently."
2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition Wears Gulf Livery in Monterey
Legends of GTs past join in the funIt's an interesting move, coming a half dozen or so years after what many in the automotive industry might consider "Peak Gulf," a time when many carmakers, as well as the aftermarket, were using the famous blue-and-orange livery for heritage models and special editions. But unlike so many of the others seeking to cash in on a familiar racing theme, Ford's claim to the livery is genuine, and, in the case of the GT, runs to its very roots.
Consider this another effort at the kind of internal interdisciplinary planning that every company says it strives for but rarely pulls off successfully. First, the carmaker's broken its developing and growing model range into 10 product lines: family utilities, urban utilities, rugged utilities, performance vehicles,, compact trucks, F-Series, , , and emerging market vehicles. The "nimble, customer-focused" teams managing those 10 product lines will do so from conception through to customer engagement "as end-to-end businesses," and include members from engineering, product planning, manufacturing, marketing, and finance so as "to create breakthrough products and customer experiences."
Road America gives drivers a chance to scratch their NASCAR itch
Conor Daly, making his debut, and Katherine Legge, in her second start, are among the non-traditional entrants in the Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180.Katherine Legge grew up in England and came to the United States to race open-wheel cars before landing in sports cars.
As the, , , expands nameplates from 20 to 23, and pieces together one of the industry's youngest lineups, it views EPLM as the means to "create a winning portfolio of vehicles and bring them to market faster and more efficiently." And of course, just as much as this is about what's being put out, it's about what's being brought in; i.e., an "unyielding commitment to strong returns" and "profitable growth," in the words of Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets. took substantial drops in the second quarter this year compared to Q2 last year, to 7.4 percent and 2.7 percent respectively. Company leaders had sought a 10 percent profit margin in North America, and 8 percent globally, by 2020.
According to, "Ford CEO Jim Hackett and other senior executives say the automaker wants to offer products in segments where it knows it can win. ..." Longtime Ford exec Jim Baumbick (pictured), who oversaw the creation of the flexible modular architecture plans, becomes a company officer as VP of the EPLM and will report to Farley. Baumbick retains his current role within the global product planning and strategy department.
2019 New Trucks: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide
Charting the changes from Silverado and Sierra to Ranger and RidgelineThe stars have aligned and, if you're in the market for a full-size truck, a number of fresh choices have recently been revealed. With the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500 all redesigned this year to battle the Ford F-150 (our 2018 Truck of the Year), full-size truck buyers have a number of new options. Below the full-size segment, the midsize class sees the Ford Ranger reenter the scene. But if you're a little rusty on the basic details, keep reading to learn about changes, specs, and IntelliChoice five-year retained value figures on new trucks.
We're not aware of an umbrella term for the various overhauls happening at Ford right now. However, this latest comes right on time as the third sweeping reorganization in a 12-year cycle. In 1995, Scotsman and formerto harmonize global operations, saving the company scads of money even with and . In 2007, , and we know how that went. Here we go again, so start your timers. And your profit-watching machines.
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