Bailout Watch 560: Bill Ford: "God Bless Uncle Sam"

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  • ZekeToronto ZekeToronto on Jun 15, 2009

    I doubt I'd have said one thing differently were I in Bill's shoes. Too bad I despise their North American products, cause lately I've been feeling kinda warm and fuzzy towards Ford (for the first time ever). The management team seems to have played the same lousy hand infinitely better than did their chief rivals.

  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Jun 16, 2009
    We’re talking about suppliers that make Ford parts as well as GM or Chrysler. They already have what they need for that. I don’t see why these businesses would have to be liquidated. Just cut out the portion of the business that served the zombies and increase prices to cover anything that was being saved through scale. You say that as if you're willing to accept these price increases being passed on to you as you shop around for a new Flex. This also assumes that whatever extra business they get from Ford will actually cover the revenues lost from not having Chrysler or GM to do business with, or be enough to keep them sustainable.
  • King Bojack King Bojack on Jun 16, 2009

    Any disruption of revenue on a company operating on low margins is usually disastorous. Losing GM and Chrycho would not result in business instantly turning to Ford. If GM/Chryco go under then many suppliers probably wouldn't make next month's rent, let alone the lead time of replacing GM/Chryco business w/ new Ford business. There is a chance I'm mistaken but I'm fairly certain suppliers these days are more on the ropes then the auto makers.

  • Gator Gator on Jun 19, 2009

    After my F150 burned in my driveway, just 25 feet from my house, due to a falty Speed deactivation switch, I have given up on the US auto industry. All I want is a dependable car. I did not hear that word out of his mouth.