- I am not saying a Japanese company cannot make a mistake and provide bad products. What I am saying is that American competing companies (which means companies that compete against any Japanese companies) have an additional hurdle to jump -
But Takata DID provide bad products, which negates the entire keiretsu argument.
- They had an additional supplier that is not in the Japanese Keiretsu group who could have supplied what they needed. -
Could have, but didn't. Why didn't they?
If what you say is true, Honda wouldn't have recalled over five million cars for the very same issue because Takata, a Japanese company, wouldn't have dared provide Honda, another Japanese company, with a defective product. But as we all know, Takata DID provide Honda with defective products.
So how do you explain that?
- Cars that are ignored by rental companies, as long as they go and stop, will also give people the wrong impression of a vehicle when it is not properly maintained. -
Exactly. When I was working in the rental business, the only maintenance a car got was enough to keep it on the road. Rental cars live a tough life.
- It IS stanandterri's right and privilege to call for fields to stand up for shareholders and address the "points" made by the "analysts" that have brought F down from 18+ a few months back with what I agree are "paper thin" rationale". -
It is also stanandterri's right and privilege to sell their shares if they are not happy with the stock price or with the way the CEO does his job. No one is forcing them to hold the shares. If you're underwater on a stock and you don't like the way things are going, you sometimes you have to grow up and eat the loss.
As moe said below, financial and operational performance is the only antidote to mouthpiece analysts who are not held accountable by the Street, or by anyone else, for what they say. There is absolutely nothing Mark Fields, or Bill Ford, or Alan Mulally, or anyone else could say that would immediately regain the 5% loss.
Our local dealer sold the its first three 2015 Mustangs within 10 days of receiving them.
The same dealer has also sold, sight unseen, the first three 2015 F-150s it has coming (it has not actually received the trucks yet).
Ford didn't sell a Crown Vic interceptor in 1973.
Poor Louis, he can't even get basic facts right.
- Note with policies set by the present administration the Dow Jones has almost tripled -
You can give the FED credit for that one, with its easy-money QE policies and low interest rates.
For those who may be curious, a 394-millimeter brake rotor is 15.5" in diameter. I remember not too long ago when many cars didn't even have 15" tires, much less 15.5" brake rotors. Very impressive stuff!
- You do realize that the (messy, disjointed) "plan" that Barry was forced by repubs to compromise into is based on a rightwing proposal, right? -
Give it a rest already. The Democrats had control of both houses of Congress, and not a single Republican voted for it. The Republicans had no power to force Obama to do anything with it.
My health care was just fine before the ACA. My insurance was just fine, too.
By the way, when am I going to see that $2500 in savings Obama promised?
- But, it is much more difficult to weld. It requires inert gas atmosphere. -
And that is why most of the body is assembled using adhesives and flow-drill screws. A flow-drilled joint is actually stronger than a welded joint.
Don't know about the price, but my local dealer has already sold three of the new F-150s without the buyer even seeing them.
Government does a significant amount of data-mining, too - more than most people realize. We just don't hear about it.