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A woeful sales environment and the financial struggles of General Motors and Chrysler will set the auto sales hierarchy on end in 2009. At least that's how IHS Global Insight sees things. The industry analysts at IHS Global Insight see Ford passing GM as the top manufacturer in terms of production for 2009, with 1.9 million North American units at the Blue Oval compared to 1.7 million for GM. The upside-down nature of the IHS rankings continues with Honda placing third with 1.1 million units, followed by Toyota at 904,000 units and Chrysler at number five with 903,000.

IHS is predicting industry-wide sales to come in around 8.4 million units, adjusted downward by 156,000 units from last month. A reason for the cut in outlook could be slower than expected early May sales, a month that typically sees stronger sales than most. IHS predicts that industry sales will continue to lag behind those of past years significantly, with the earliest time frame for an uptick being the end of summer. Industry-wide sales in North America are down 37.8% through April. Hat tip to Thomas!

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd | Image: Larry W. Smith/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else find the '08 model F150 mixed in with the '09 models in the picture interesting?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks skicat, I wasn't aware that they didn't change it. That seems kind of weird, you'd think they'd at least make the tail lights match. Any reason why they didn't change it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL I just noticed it
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not an '08. For '09, the Flareside box was unchanged. If u could see the front of the truck, or the interior, you could tell it was an '09.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford has a higher reliability rating than either GM or Chrysler according to Consumer Reports, they have more fuel efficient vehicles, they have some great products out and some great ones in the pipeline.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They do indeed, I just wish we'd get off this biggest number produced bs which helped run GM into the ground and instead focus on profitability per unit. As GM tragically demonstrated, being the largest producer of vehicles with the slimmest margin doesn't make for a wise or healthy business model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new Taurus is key. Looks a little to large for the average Toyonda buyer even though it will probably be very cost competitive. Looks very attractive in photos.

      IMO the Flex suffers from size to big, and looks to F ugly as on paper it should be my next purchase. I know a new Taurus wagon will never happen. It would get my money. They used to sell a lot of Taurus/Sable wagons. Someone needs to point that out to Allen.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford is already sending people out to the dealers to train them on the 2010 Taurus. Initial response from customers is that there is interest from Toyota/Honda buyers. Keep in mind that Toyota and Honda do make some larger vehicles - 2009 Accord is classified as a large car now, Toyota has had the Avalon for years, and both companies minivans are the size of the Flex.

        @Jared - by 2016 Ford will have smaller versions fo the Ecoboost V-6 and Ecoboost four cylinder engines that will replace the medium displacement V-6's used today. That will give the vehicles mileage comparable to the current Fusion. Fusion, in turn, will see smaller displacement Ecoboost engines, boosting their mileage while keeping their current performance levels. Ford will meet the 2016 standard with the addition of more hybrids and some commercial electric vehicles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford is borrowing sales from the future. When you look at the future balance sheets of Chrysler and General Motors with substantially more assets than liabilities and compare them to Ford's balance sheet which has significant negative shareholder equity and negative net tangible assets, it will be inevitable that Ford will have financial problems the same as GM and Chrysler were having up until now. They will be priced out of the market and will be a drag on profits for years and years to come. We have started a site to offer internet sales to the public for bulk lots of Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ford Chevy and more vehicles both new and used. There is only one deal per day and after it is gone, it is gone. Check out the revolutionary website at www.dailyautosales.com

        I look forward to more debate on Ford's financial position because the stock is way overpriced right now in my opinion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if in another year we will see GM in third place.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How are you today, Matt?
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha
        • 6 Years Ago
        Matt indeed. He must be having quite the conniption. Good for him, but most importantly GOOD FOR FORD!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see an '08 in there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        4th truck from the left of the picture I guess. You can tell by the tail lights, looks like a stepside FX4.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmmm... I think I'd like to see more of that assembly line worker.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I could just have one of those trucks (after they finish putting it together, of course).
      • 6 Years Ago
      They can, and they will.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I am really proud of Ford.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You know i have pointed this out before. Every time Feds bailed someone out shareholders (owners) were wiped out. If Ford asked for a bailout the family would be forced to sell majority to government. So the family had every reason in the world not to take the bailout, that is not so say that Ford doesn't need the money.

        Plus the $25 Billion program that Bush approved to transform factories is now a $50 billion dollar program divided amongst D3, if that is not a bailout, i do not know what is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford is the only true American Automaker left!

        Real Americans don't take Government handouts!

      • 6 Years Ago
      My 2010 Fusion is somewhere on their assembly line, just waiting to come home. Can't wait for it to get here! Please dealer call me to say you have the VIN # and its on its way!! Very proud of Ford this year.
        • 6 Years Ago

        If your deale doesn't have VIN for your new ride, it's still weeks away. Usually the VIN is established then the vehicle is scheduled to be produced. Then it's a couple of weeks before it's produced. Just hope you get it before the Summer shutdown in July.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well they will have competitive products like Fusion,New Taurus,Fiesta,Mustang etc.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is suprising how? Chrysler's plants are idle due to Bankruptcy and GM is headed there which will effect production. Add in the negative press and bailout backlash and Ford wins this year hands down. 2010 will be a more fair comparison though I still expect Ford will come out on top.
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