• Jun 27th 2008 at 7:31PM
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An eternally unanswerable question seems to be whether or not Ford is actively shopping around Volvo for a buyer. Just this week we reported that Chinese automaker SAIC and some Russian investors had expressed interest in purchasing the Swedish carmaker from Ford, but today we learn from a source within SAIC that the company is doing nothing of the sort. The unidentified source said that, as far as he/she knew, the two companies were not in contact about a possible purchase at all. Volvo's staying quiet and licking its wounds after announcing 2,000 layoffs this week, while Ford is singing the same old song with a catchy chorus that insists Volvo is not for sale. Well, the rumor that some Russians are interested in Volvo hasn't been refuted yet, so until someone named Boris says otherwise, let's considerable Volvo on the market despite Ford's protest.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think VW is the only company out there which is in a good position to have several brands in its portfolio which serve their purposes in different markets throughout the world.

      Ford, on the other hand, needs to lower its overhead, and allocate its resources to revive the Ford brand, and make sure it can do so long-term. They can at least sell majority stake in Volvo, and then workout a deal where they can still share platforms if they deem it necessary. I don't think it's logical to think that in order to have access to Volvo engineering, Ford must keep Volvo. Long-term it's just not beneficial to either of the companies.

      Ford must keep on going 100mph+ if they are to make it through these times - best way of doing it is becoming a skeleton company and building profit into every car sold without compromising its overall appeal and experience of ownership.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ""Bottom line is that Ford could not have done it without Volvo""

      They did for decades prior to purchasing Volvo. Which Volvo was a comparable vehicle to FoE's Escort? (for just one example).
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Well, the rumor that some Russians are interested in Volvo hasn't been refuted yet, so until someone named Boris says otherwise, let's considerable Volvo on the market despite Ford's protest."

      Can we just please put it to rest? Please? Unless there's some sort of insight that no one else knows about, why perpetuate the rumor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is getting sickening, Ford will get their platforms from where? Safety tech from where? Volvo needs Ford and Ford needs Volvo, and Mazda. The Euro Focus is a Volvo in Ford clothing.

      I doubt they're selling seeing as how they rely on Volvo to do a lot of the heavy lifting, as they do with Mazda.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sure they did, none of them we're as good as anything that was "joint(read:Mazda or Volvo designed it)" developed like the platforms out now, the Euro Focus uses Volvo's T5 and (among other power plants) and is based on a platform that Volvo designed, and that Focus is some of their best work. If you think Ford could do it on their own you're crazy.

        Ford has controlling interest in Mazda, they own Volvo. Volvo is an integral part of Ford, Mazda is not.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ASEVENSEE4, you're right on Ford's ownership of the companies.

        As for the vehicle platforms, it's the C1 Platform in question, used by many cars including the Euro Focus/S40/Mazda3, and the platform was designed by all three companies as a joint effort in Cologne, Germany.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, Mazda is, Ford just happens to own a controlling stake in the company.

        I never bothered checking Volvo's Automotive division, though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I never said that they badge engineered, the Euro Focus is in many ways similar to the S40 over there, engines, trannys, brakes, etc.

        Bottom line is that Ford could not have done it without Volvo, Ford says they played a part in the handling department, which doesn't make sense to be (sounds like Ford wants to take credit for something) because all of the cars have different suspension tuning from them all, not just Ford (I know for a fact the Mazda3 was tuned by Mazda) It sounds like Mazda and Volvo did all the heavy lifting. The Mazda6 platform was ALL Designed by Mazda, and is heavily used by Ford. The 2.3L I4 and now 2.5L I4 was Mazda designed, etc. if you get my drift.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford had the ability to develop platforms and safety tech before, and they will continue to do it after. The Euro Focus is a Focus, it simply shares a platform with an S40/Mazda 3.

        Anyhow, Volvo/Mazda are an integral part of Ford Motor and I don't quite understand why people refer to the companies as if they are independent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Volvo may need ford's money to keep them afloat, but if it weren't for the competition they provide for GM, Toyota, etc. I'd just as soon see ford go under, personally.

      Regardless, better ford than the chinese.
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