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Ford's dilema: F-150 still outsells Camry (Dilemma??)
M-Live ^ | 6/30/09 | John Ooosting

Posted on 06/30/2009 1:16:57 PM PDT by pissant

As Ford looks to reinvent itself with smaller, energy efficient vehicles they are faced with the stark reality that as of late May their Ford F-150 series continues to outsell the Toyota Camry.

Let that sink in for a moment. The best-selling truck in the U.S. still outsells the best-selling car, according to a report by the American Institute for Economic Research.

New car sales have generally declined through the 1990's to the present, while truck sales rose precipitously from the 70s until just a few years ago. Annual car and truck sales are now virtually even.

President Obama last month announced new fuel efficiency standards that will require all trucks to get 30 mpg and all cars 39 mpg by 2016.

Ford and other automakers, per the report, must now forecast whether energy prices will continue to rise and how that will effect the sales of new vehicles.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: automakers; ford; fordmotor; toyota; trucks
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Solution. Tell Obama to FO and keep selling what the people want.
1 posted on 06/30/2009 1:16:58 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Sounds like a plan.


2 posted on 06/30/2009 1:17:54 PM PDT by Red Steel
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Solution. Tell Obama to FO and keep selling what the people want.

Precisely what a heck of a lot of people/companies will have to do, or lose customers, money and rights.


3 posted on 06/30/2009 1:20:05 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: pissant

When the time comes to replace the Dodge Ill be looking very close at the F150. So far it looks like Ford is the last man standing.


4 posted on 06/30/2009 1:20:30 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: pissant

I’d love to have an F-150 that got 32 miles per gallon, but what I want and reality often clash with reality winning the battle.


5 posted on 06/30/2009 1:20:37 PM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: pissant

I believe the F-150 will be popular for years to come....I own a 2006 myself...and buy a new one every 5 years...unless Obama outlaws them....


6 posted on 06/30/2009 1:21:00 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("Just because something is free doesn't mean it's good for you".)
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To: pissant

Instead of selling new vehicles, maybe Ford can just refurbish the old ones. Bring your truck to the dealer every 10 years or so for a new engine.


7 posted on 06/30/2009 1:21:30 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Carbon Dioxide is NOT POLLUTION)
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The real solution is going to come when people who pay their taxes themselves find they don't have the $ and decide not to pay. These are the small business owners and self employed. They pay big.
8 posted on 06/30/2009 1:21:54 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town
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Actually, it is a problem. The majority of those F-150s are stripped out models sold to fleets. The profits on those variants is quite small and at times when gas is up, sometimes nonexistent.


9 posted on 06/30/2009 1:23:40 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: pissant

I have a ‘73 F250, and to my eyes, it looks like the best plan is to begin stocking up on parts to keep that old bull running like a top long into the future.


10 posted on 06/30/2009 1:24:37 PM PDT by SoDak (Molon Labe)
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To: pissant

LOL

Right on - I have an F350, a 1992 model and it still gets 17 / hwy. 351 Clev V8 with 199+K miles and still running strong.


11 posted on 06/30/2009 1:24:53 PM PDT by ASOC (Who is that fat lady? And why is she singing???)
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To: Apple Blossom

ping


12 posted on 06/30/2009 1:25:05 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is an illegal alien)
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To: pissant

Dilemma? It tells me the clown cars of the future aren’t going to be received well by Americans .. if at all. I look for those standards to change with a new Congress.


13 posted on 06/30/2009 1:25:11 PM PDT by mgc1122
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To: Spktyr

And how many useless camry’s are sold to fleets in the rent a car industry. I always make sure to request something other than a camry when I rent.


14 posted on 06/30/2009 1:25:22 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: DogBarkTree
We are buying F-150s and other pick-up trucks because we are going to need them!


15 posted on 06/30/2009 1:25:24 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: pissant

This just shows you how incredibly stupid the UAW is. They’ve helped to elect someone who’s primary intention is to put their employers out of business. So far, that person has been wildly successful at doing just that.


16 posted on 06/30/2009 1:26:09 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (Palin/Petraeus in '12)
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To: OldDeckHand

Yup


17 posted on 06/30/2009 1:26:35 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
"Solution. Tell Obama to FO and keep selling what the people want."

Amen!

18 posted on 06/30/2009 1:26:58 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Niteflyr
I'm guessing Obama doesn't gt the vote of most pick-up drivers.

He doesn't care one bit about Ford's dilemma.

19 posted on 06/30/2009 1:27:05 PM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: pissant

My generic white F-150 is sittin’ just outside my office door!


20 posted on 06/30/2009 1:28:41 PM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a Daffy Duck)
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