• Mar 30th 2007 at 7:32PM
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Last week Ford CEO Alan Mulally visited a Blue Oval dealership in Dearborn and helped move three units off the showroom floor in 40 minutes. This week he further fulfilled his promise to walk in the shoes of a dealer for a day by visiting Galpin Motors in North Hills, CA. Galpin isn't a Ford dealership, it's the Ford dealership, regularly posting the highest volume of sales in the country. It's side business, Galpin Auto Sports, is where MTV tapes Pimp My Ride. Automotive News didn't report that Mulally got to sell any vehicles during his stop off at Galpin like he did at Village Ford in Dearborn, but the CEO did spend some time touring the dealership's entire facility. We're not sure if Mulally has satisfied his verbal commitment to be a dealer for a day, or if visits like this might become common place in the future.
[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      If he can turn Boeing around, he do so with Ford, too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Holy Glass-house Batman! Don't CEOs visit a retailer occasionally if that's their main distribution network? Have previous Ford CEOs visited Ford dealers -- duh? Where's the news in this? It would be news if he DIDN'T visit dealers occasionally - oh, I get it, he's doing a salesman PR stunt - silly me, I should have gotten the point.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I work at a Mazda, Lincoln, Mercury dealership in Texas and I agree with number 15 about the enviorment and such, we all have to have a huge sense of humor to make it through the day without trying to kill each other, and number 16, Ford does not suck, so stop trolling, and I agree with number 20, at our dealership, we could use more hybrids and rear wheel drive cars for Lincoln and such
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm going to play grammar nazi tonight.

      Verbal = In words (Oral or Written).

      That is all, cheers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford sucks anyway!

      Visit www.fordlemon.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      The dealership is in Dearborn. Over 90% of their business is probably Ford employees, who buy at plan prices, no dickering. And no alternatives.

      Try selling Fords in a town without a large Ford presence.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mullaly photographs well(seeems like a natural).Ford should use him more in the public forum(media etc.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is amazing to see how Galpin Ford was started and how it got to be the largest volume Ford dealer in the world and now have all of the Ford brands + Honda and Saturn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      HEY! I SUGGESTED GALPIN WHEN THE IDEA FIRST APPEARED HERE WEEKS BACK --- maybe they read it! LOL!
      Galpin has Ford, LincMerc. Jag, Volvo, Mazda, Aston Martin, Saturn, and Honda.
      #9 -- sorry, ignorant,if well meant ---- TOYOTA is the leading car in California sales, by far.
      With close to 40 million people in the State, you can have a lot of car dealers-- but half the Ford dealers seem to be gone, and you have to search to find Pontiac and Buick stores here. As I have written before, I almost never see a Pontiac that is not a rental -- have seen about 10 Ford 500s, but Chrysler 300s are all over the street.
      I doubt he made 3 real sales, but probably spent time with 3 people the salesmen closed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wow.this guy badly needs the sun,hey look its casper
      • 8 Years Ago
      much easier to sell fusions at a dealer than his last job, hawkin 747-400's at the paris air show. "what can i do to put you in this jumbo today?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a non-event if there ever was one. Bathtub, sorry but CEOs spend time with dealers, in their stores, it's usually in the local newsletters and no one makes a big deal of it.

      Next we'll hear that Mulally actually DRIVES HIMSELF to work. Holy Rouge Plant Robin! Miracle. Ford must be desperate again and their PR is unfocused and scattered as they tend to be. More of a distraction than anything - guess Ford people need plenty to be distracted about.
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