Ford Refuses Bailout
Finally, someone refuses a bailout!
That’s right, Ford has yet to take a bailout and claims they can survive without Uncle Sam! They have been able to do this since they restructured in 2006.
I remember the world believing that Ford was going belly up in 2006 when they began to announce they were shutting down operations across the US and were restructuring. Now with all that has happened and the $10+ billion that GM and Chrysler are indebted to the soon to be Socialist States of America, Ford may be the quality company that we can count on.
And not only that, Ford may have finally designed a car (family car that is, I do have 2 kids) that is sporty enough for me to comfortably drive. I really love the size of our CX-9, but it isn’t a “cool” ride if you know what I mean.
After Ford shuttered the Taurus in 2006 and started building the Fusion (ok, I remember this from watching NASCAR as a teenager), they really killed themselves. The Taurus (and Thunderbird) had a reputation with the American people, and they killed both of those in a 10 year period.
The new Taurus is a work of art too. Starting at a little over $25K, It will supposedly get 28mpg on the highway and drops to 18mpg in the city (they need to work on the city driving, that is a large drop off) and a ton of technology available including:
- SYNC – a voice-activated mobile phone and digital music system designed by Microsoft (I can’t believe I just gave Microsoft props, it’s killing me)
- BLIS – A blind spot information system with cross traffic alert (sounds neat, won’t try to explain)
The only downside, it doesn’t have the manual transmission. That hurts a little bit, but the car is supposed to be available in July 2009.
Hopefully Ford will continue to capitialize on their prior planning and I might just convince the wife to buy an American made car again.