Ford in strategic switch away from traditional vehicles


Ford's production unit of Ford Focus Compact cars has been moved from MI to China. In a nod towards electrification, Ford is also going to reduce internal combustion engine capital expenditures by one-third and redeploying that capital into electrification. Ford plans to boost its strength in electric vehicles, after recently announcing a dedicated electrification team within the company.

Marakby said Team Edison will be "cross-functional", handling everything from marketing to engineering to determining Ford's overall electric-vehicle strategy.

'The world's impression of Ford is that they are behind on a lot of these technologies, ' Emmanuel Rosner, an analyst with Guggenheim Partners, said in an interview. The plan included a few tangibles - $14 billion in cost cuts and a $7 billion shift in spending away from passenger cars - but not enough specifics for investors to grasp how, exactly, the century-old carmaker plans to navigate the new mobility landscape.

Investors immediately responded favorably, giving Ford shares a 0.5% bump on Tuesday.

The automaker is also looking to add more connectivity and data services to its cars - services that are extremely profitable, Hackett pointed out - and which provide the ability to collect valuable customer data.

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America's second-largest carmaker is planning to slash material costs by $10 billion (8.5 billion euros) and engineering costs by $4 dollars by 2022 through new deals with suppliers, making fewer prototypes and reducing product-development times.

That practice led to much misreporting this year on plans by Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover, among others, to make all future products capable of accepting at least mild-hybrid powertrains. This number includes the F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Hybrid, Transit Custom plug-in hybrid, an autonomous vehicle hybrid, Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, and a fully electric small SUV. Thirteen electrified models will enter the market in the next five years.

There's little doubt at this point that electric cars are the future, but how do you get to that future as quickly as possible? He said he wouldn't want to ride in an autonomous auto himself today and he doesn't intend to use Ford customers as "beta testers" for them, either.

The company claims that by using virtual assembly lines, it can save up to 25% of time spent on development processes. "Regardless, Ford's biggest challenge may be delivering shareholder value and gains in a time where many other stocks have been booming".