Ford President and CEO Mark Fields is being named the Chief Operating Officer at Ford, putting him in a prime position to take over the reins of the company following eventual Mulally's departure.

The show's co-host, Charlie Rose, brings up the possibility of Mulally leaving on a high note considering Ford's current status, and Mulally replies "Charlie, squelch that rumor." When pushed even further for a definitive answer, Mulally confirmed that he is "not going to retire any time soon" although he gives no indication as to how long "any time soon" actually is.

The interview also touches on the future of the F-150 possibly using more aluminum, stricter fuel economy standards and how Ford plans to deal with its declining sales in Europe.

Scroll down to watch the entire video, and note that the retirement discussion starts around the 3:08 mark.


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      eddieboyeddie.gibson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the next Fusion will outsell the Camry, personally, I just don't see how the Camry is the #1 seller out there, there are better vehicles on the market for about the same money. Besides, what Toyota charges for service, here in Ca., you may as well be driving a BMW or equal.
        jontrentj
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eddieboyeddie.gibson
        what an 'equal'?
        Denver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eddieboyeddie.gibson
        I would certainly hope that the Fusion would outsell the Camry. It will be very tough but I personally dont know if it could happen. Currently, Ford doesnt have the capability to produce enough Fusions to outsell the Camry. Also, there are too many people that think Toyota=best quality so it will tough to sway some of those people. But it terms of looks, the Fusion far surpasses the Camry.
      jjr526
      • 2 Years Ago
      2 new fords in the last couple years and neither car smells of government handout.
        That Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jjr526
        Ford was there asking for money along with GM and Chrysler. Ford took $5.9 BILLION of taxpayer money As of today, Ford is the ONLY domestic automaker that owes the Government money.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like him to stay on, but at his age he deserves to wake up every morning with a beautiful mountain or beach view. I wish him well.
        Dane Grant
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        I think he does.... I think this is his love and beauty.... Big Business....
      J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Although it would be great if Mr. Mulally can stay a long time but it seems unlikely, quite possibly within three years he will hand the reigns to Mark. He is probably trying to quiet these rumors to prevent the stock from taking a dive.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J
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      Dane Grant
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does everyone ask him when he is going to retire? He saved this 'Ok, at best' company and they are on top!
        fefifofum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dane Grant
        I think it's because they are worried he will retire.
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Norah O'Donnell...fine as frogs hair.
      Dad
      • 2 Years Ago
      now that the government has broken the back of the UAW, by slashing wages and benefits, etc. etc. the price of cars still climbs higher every year. kind of like the Iraq war, cheap oil? not.
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Sucks. anti Alan Mulally. Ford has no more RWD platforms and body on frame truck and traditional SUV. His own policies will cheap FWD platforms. it is big worthless.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      So in other words, Ford will continue to produce faulty, mediocre products. Awesome. BTW, has Ford ever helpwd all of the 2011+ Explorer owners that are losing their steering while driving? http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=320445
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        So Ford will continue to be the best selling brand with glowing reviews from the automotive press and ever increasing transaction prices. Awesome indeed. The Explorer, like many other safety investigations from other manufacturers, the NHTSA has not yet found a problem to be recalled in the Explorer. If someone's power steering is defective it is replaced for free under warranty.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Lol, do you have a link to prove that people are crashing their Explorers because of the steering?
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          That's a typical Ford slappy response. Why must Ford wait on something so critical as steering to be deemed defective by the NHTSA before doing something. Really shows where Ford's priorities are. Meanwhile, people are crashing because their steering system is failing in the new Explorer.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
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          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Yeah, the link is right in my original post. Reading helps, you should try it sometime. I'm sure they'll cover reading after recess.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Well I guess you didn't read your own link. First of all, an open forum that anybody can post in is useless. Anybody can post on there and say anything they want. Even with that fact, nobody has said they crashed or got into an accident. So.... my point is proven by your link. You said people are crashing their Explorers because of the defect, meanwhile, nobody has claimed that they have crashed their Explorer on the thread you provided. Either way it shouldn't be taken as gospel until the NHTSA announces that there are accidents attributed to the issue. They will investigate the car of the person who sent in the complaint so you can't BS with them and say you crashed your Explorer if you don't even own one.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        You should step down from commenting here because you're an annoying JDM troll...
      MotorworldHype
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mulally to America: "I'm not too old for this sh*t" America to Mulally: "Cool, keep on keepin' on" *fist bump*
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MotorworldHype
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          MotorworldHype
          • 2 Years Ago
          The question is do YOU read the news at all? Also the fact that they took the least amount of gov money while still doing better than everyone else kind of means he actually IS doing a good job as CEO you idiot! I can clearly see that you were not a Business Admin major in college were you? Also "every product that has come out since he has been CEO has been recalled" is completely incorrect. For someone who is calling me an idiot you sure say a lot of things that are wrong. Also are you really trying to pin the country's problems on me after I made a one line comment? I am why this country is in the dump? Really? You know absolutely NOTHING about me. Your post speaks chapters about you though, and they're all written in crayon. Do yourself a favor and get help before your anger management problems get you thrown in a padded room.
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          Wow troll MFT is an option so you realy don't know what your talking about. Also a recall on a couple thousand car isn't lin the millions worldwide like Toyota has had in recent years.
          • 2 Years Ago
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      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stick around as long as you like, Alan, you're doing great!
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Moosetang
        Doing great, huh? Then please explain Linclon's situation and how that's so great.
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