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The secret to Ford Motor's success
The American Thinker ^ | January 24, 2010 | Bryan Riley

Posted on 01/24/2010 3:22:48 AM PST by Scanian

The federal government's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors has been a big success. At least, it has been a big success if you're a Ford dealer.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Ford sales for the month of December 2009 were up 33.5 percent compared to December 2008, even as Chrysler and GM sales were falling.

When the government's auto bailouts were announced, Dick Edwards Ford in Manhattan, Kansas, saw an opportunity. According to Mark Besthorn, the dealership's sales manager: "We just thought about it and decided we wanted to strike while the iron was hot." Days later, the following billboard made its first appearance:

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Society
KEYWORDS: automakers; autos; bailouts; carsales; federalgovernment; fordmotor

1 posted on 01/24/2010 3:22:49 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Love the billboard.


2 posted on 01/24/2010 3:32:05 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Stuck with a RINO? Donate to a different district.)
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To: Scanian
I couldn't be happier for Ford Motors. Good on them.

One comment bothers me. We all know that it wasn't really a bailout of Chrysler and GM. It was a bailout of the UAW and its "Cadillac" health care plan! Without those taxpayers' dollars, they were done.

Which brings up another point. The unions were up in arms about the tax on Cadillac plans, before Obama exempted them. You would think some curious journalist would think to ask, "Why does the UAW still have a Cadillac health care plan? They are broke! The taxpayers are paying for those plans and the taxpayers don't have as good insurance as the UAW workers and retirees!

3 posted on 01/24/2010 3:39:59 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (Hey General, you can call me "ma'am" !)
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To: Scanian
You have to give the folks at Ford a lot of credit for their foresight. And if I was going to buy a car from the American three it would be a Ford.
4 posted on 01/24/2010 3:42:21 AM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 96)
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To: REPANDPROUDOFIT
"Why does the UAW still have a Cadillac health care plan? They are broke! The taxpayers are paying for those plans and the taxpayers don't have as good insurance as the UAW workers and retirees!

There you go being all logical. If they had allowed both companies to go into chapter 11 then they could have renegotiated both insurance and salaries. Now we are stuck footing the bill of their gravy train.

5 posted on 01/24/2010 3:45:30 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Recon Dad

Just bought a Ford Escape and my wife and I are delighted with it.


6 posted on 01/24/2010 3:51:30 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Scanian

We’ve never owned a new foreign car. We currently have an 01 GMC Sierra, an 05 Dodge Gr Caravan, both bought new, and an 00 Olds Intrigue. I have had a Ford Fusion and Taurus as rental cars fairly recently, before Zero was annointed, and was leaning heavily Ford based on the strength of those experiences, but now with the takeover/union bailouts noted here and in the linked article, I will not look elsewhere than Ford from now on.


7 posted on 01/24/2010 3:57:20 AM PST by OriginalChristian (Sarah Palin, America's Governor...)
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To: Scanian
A lot of Ford's success is due to the fact that they just make a better product.

And the decision to bring in someone from outside the industry (Alan Mulally) to break the historic insularity was a courageous and profitable deed as well.

8 posted on 01/24/2010 4:06:02 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama's oratory is worse than hot air...it is oral flatulence!)
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To: OriginalChristian

I had to get a new car this week after holding out for 10 years without a car payment.

My new purchase was an American mad Honda Accord.

Previous vehicle was a Mercury that featured a blown motor due to a $2 part failing in the water pump (In all fairness Ford paid for 80% of the replacement.), wiring harness that literally fell apart ($1,100 job which shocked the hell out of me.), power door locks that froze in the “locked” position and a failed odometer at 30,000 miles rendering the car, under warranty no less, TMU and forever value impaired at trade in.

So between bailouts and that ownership experience my purchasing of big 3 autos is done forever. I will only purchase American produced non-UAW products.


9 posted on 01/24/2010 4:09:30 AM PST by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: Scanian

I have always been a Ford guy. In fact I just bought a 05 Mercury Sable Ls “premier”. Love it so far.


10 posted on 01/24/2010 4:10:45 AM PST by BigCinBigD (")
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To: Scanian

Bryan Riley is a good guy.
GREAT article, thanks for posting!


11 posted on 01/24/2010 4:11:55 AM PST by Kansas58
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To: Scanian

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One Ford Mustang,

http://www.lzxray.com/Ronnie3.jpg

Two

http://www.lzxray.com/Guyer_collection.htm

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12 posted on 01/24/2010 4:15:59 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: verga

If we see it so readily, you would think there would be just one curious journalist who would ask why they still have their Cadillac plans. Can’t you just hear Robert Gibbs guffawing at that question! He’d probably say something like, “Well duh! They’re called “Cadillac plans” and GM makes Cadillacs!”.


13 posted on 01/24/2010 4:30:37 AM PST by REPANDPROUDOFIT (Hey General, you can call me "ma'am" !)
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To: Scanian

Good for Ford. Like many others, I pledge to never buy a GM or Chrysler vehicle again.


14 posted on 01/24/2010 4:41:50 AM PST by JoeGar
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To: Scanian
The secret to Ford Motor's success

"I do not like the sea of white faces in the audience and FoMoCo must ensure that in the future the company reflects the broad spectrum of Ford’s customers."

Jacques Nasser is no longer CEO and FoMoCo remembered that there are a lot of white people in America?

15 posted on 01/24/2010 5:02:35 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

You should have bought a “happy” Honda Accord......

Those “mad” ones can be trouble.....


16 posted on 01/24/2010 5:26:23 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: Scanian

Now that’s the definition of capitalism!

I love my 96 SHO


17 posted on 01/24/2010 6:19:34 AM PST by Georgiaisred (Keep your powder dry)
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To: Scanian

I know the secret.

Most Americans will never buy a Gov Moters as it supports Obama’s plan. I’m a fleet buyer and will never buy a GM or Fiat Crysler ever again. Most folks I know feel the same way.


18 posted on 01/24/2010 6:30:55 AM PST by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world.)
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To: ncfool

I agree. The nation is voting as massachusetts did when they elected Brown. They are voting against Obama by buying Ford.


19 posted on 01/24/2010 6:44:05 AM PST by Venturer
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Depending on the future economic conditions of this country, foreign manufacturers may end up retracting eventually. I hate to sound trite, but have you driven a Ford, lately?


20 posted on 01/24/2010 6:55:21 AM PST by OriginalChristian (Sarah Palin, America's Governor...)
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