Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally wants Ford to succeed, and he'll do anything in his power to make sure it will happen. When he's not busy selling cars at the local Ford dealership, Mulally has been occupied talking to other automakers regarding possible component and plant sharing. In an interview with Automotive News, Mulally singled out powertrain engineering and manufacturing as areas where collaboration makes sense (particularly if its going to save the company money) .
Ford already has a better track record with regard to inter-automaker component sharing than many other OEMs, as evidenced by extensive partnerships with Mazda and Volvo. It does help that Ford has controlling interests in both companies, but now Mulally and co. are looking beyond their own backyard. We like the fact that Mulally seems to be open to anything that can help Ford prosper, and his style and panache have already left a mark on the automaker.
[Source: Automotive News (subscription req'd)]