• Jul 16, 2009
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According to Merrill Lynch's Car Wars study, Ford's improving lineup of cars will be responsible for hauling the company's market share to places it hasn't been in many decades – namely, ahead of General Motors and number one in the U.S. With its recent rise to 16.1.

Even as it had the best-selling vehicle in America in the F-150, Ford's domestic market share has been shrinking for 13 years. The turnaround comes at the same time that post-bankruptcy GM is expected to decline five points, to about 15%, over the next four years. If the report proves to be true, that would put Ford ahead of every other automaker in the U.S. with a clear swath of daylight between them.

In case you were wondering, Chrysler is predicted to fare even worse, because "Chrysler's product pipeline is dubious and likely to drive significant market share losses." Merrill's analysis of a 6, while Hyundai, Honda, and Kia are expected to post gains of 3- to 3.5%.



[Source: Automotive News, sub req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      With GM 60 percent owned by the feds, wouldn't that tip the competitive balance a little?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Comments like that make me wish we could give negative star ratings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All I want Alan to do is promise me that he is not out to grab the "world's largest automaker" crown. Let that crown come to you. Just keep plugging away at reliable, affordable, desirable cars in all classes and Ford will have natural success.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well said.

        Being Number 1 does seem to be a curse in many ways doesn't it? Being that scrappy one down the list a notch or two trying to claw your way up always seems to be a better place these days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Uhh, if Bush/Paulson hadn't given GM and Chrysler Billions in TARP funds, they would have gone bankrupt under Bush.

      Ford may very well still go into bankruptcy, but that has more to do w/ the current economic climate (and resulting downward trend in auto sales) and the burn rate of Ford's cash/credit reserve, as well as the upcoming huge loan repayment date in 2011.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi,

      Its called taxation. The US has the highest corporate taxes out of any developed nation.

      And growing under Obama's plan. That's not propaganda, that's straight from the horse's ass.... I mean mouth.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Best-seller is the F-Series, not the F-150.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota is guilty of that as well. They include the Solara in with the Camry when reporting Camry sales figures as well.

        :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Solara is based on the 02-06 Camry, not the current one, if you want to make a point of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are all F-series' on the same platform? I thought the heavier-duty versions are really on completely different chassis etc. The Solara/Camry are on the same chassis. Why must people pick a totally non-related thread to start bashing something else?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now guys, let's remember this is a Merill Lynch report. If they have as much insight as they had managing their own business, GM should feel pretty safe...
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford needs to fix the focus and the escape... bring over the last gen focus and the kunga or whatever its called...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford has already announced the next U.S. Focus is the same one from Europe. They have also hinted that next Escape will be new Kuga that comes out in less than two years in Europe. Same for the next Fusion which will be built of the new Mondeo platform.

        So they already are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      tifos..... : Dude, you're really troubled. I suppose you're shopping or has already shopped membership in organizations like the Klan or Brotherhood. Idiocy abounds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford has said NOTHING about EcoBoost in the Mustang. As much as we might all WANT it to happen, with the creation of a new 5 liter V8 it probably won't. It's a costly engine for one thing and probably wouldn't bring any more customers to the Mustang stable. People who want a high perfomance muscle car want a V8. They will most likely settle on the regular 3.5 or 3.7 liter V6 for the secretaries and the new 5.0 liter V8 for the petrol heads.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No suprise given Alan Mulally's track record.
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