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Mark Fields: Next Ford Chief Earned His Stripes And Has Fixes To Make

New Jersey born and raised, Mark Fields has grittiness that will get him top Ford job

Ford Motor Co. is expected to soon name its current chief of North America and South America the new chief operating officer, thus all but cementing his position as CEO Alan Mulally's replacement at the auto maker next year.

Video: Watch the live reveal of the 2012 Ford Police Interceptor

2012 Ford Police Interceptor reveal – Click above to watch the video

Ford will increase SUV production because of "low supplies," increased demand

It wasn't all that long ago that Ford was temporarily idling plants that were building SUVs and shifting some over to smaller cars because of low demand for the gas guzzlers. Those days are apparently over, because Ford Americas president Mark Fields told Sebastian Blanco

Detroit 2010: Ford sweeps North American Car and Truck of the Year awards for 2010

Mark Fields, Ford's President of the Americas, accepts the hardware from Tony Swan of Car and Driver

Who will succeed Mullaly at Ford? It's never too early to start handicapping

When Alan Mulally arrived at Ford Motor Company three years ago, the Blue Oval was in bad shape. New product wasn't exactly pouring in and the company's cash hoard was steadily shrinking. And word on the street is that the corporate culture at Ford was in as much trouble as the product lineup, making change difficult. Now in 2009, it appears Mulally has done the near impossible, turning around Ford's product lineup while supposedly positively altering FoMoCo's corporate culture.

REPORT: Ford's Mark Fields implies company makes no money on hybrids

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

REPORT: Ford's Mark Fields implies company makes no money on hybrids

2009 Ford Escape Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

Detroit 2009: Little Bigtime - Concept C takes Lincoln in a brand-new direction

Click above for high-res image gallery of the Lincoln Concept C

Denise McCluggage: Ford's "Mark Fields is a wuss" on diesels

Denise McCluggage has been writing about the auto industry for a long time. She's known most of the people in the business over the last several decades and she has earned a lot of respect for her opinions. In her latest column in AutoWeek, McCluggage lays into Ford's president of the Americas Mark Fields on the subject of diesels. While the big three German automakers are diving headlong into clean diesel technology for the US market and even Honda is bringing its first diesels here in 2009, Fo

Ford's Fields to explain plan for making money on small cars

As the U.S. market finally makes the inexorable shift to more rationally-sized cars, Ford's President for the Americas, Mark Fields, will explain how his company plans to make money with smaller cars. Ford will apparently focus on doing what might seem intuitively obvious to some, but has not heretofore been part of doing business in the U.S. market. They will build small cars that people will actually find desirable to own and willing to spend more money on. For the past several decades, automa

Ford's Mark Fields calls for government aid in PHEV development

According to Ford's President of the Americas, Mark Fields, plug-in hybrid vehicles need to be a "national priority" and the United States government should be offering assistance for their development. Fields goes on to say that the governments of competing nations are funding the development of the technology needed to introduce PHEVs, especially batteries. As it stands, most hybri

Ford's Mark Fields wants more flex-fuel, less California regulations

Ford's President of the Americas, Mark Fields, wants the company to build more E85 capable flex-fuel vehicles but he doesn't want to have to deal with state level fuel economy or carbon dioxide regulations. The former should be no surprise as every car and truck so equipped gets a credit of 1.2mpg towards its mileage rating. Fields also wants to see mileage mandates done at a national rather than at the state level. Like other car-makers, Ford's issue is apparently not so much with having to mee

Mulally's replacement could come from within Ford... or maybe not

Joe Laymon isn't on the short list of successors for Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and it's unlikely you've ever heard of him, but if you want to get to the top at the Blue Oval, this is the guy you stop by Starbucks for on the way to work. Laymon is in charge of keeping a list of internal candidates ready in the event Mulally retires (or quits, is fired or for some other reason exits his position), which could come as soon as 2011 when he turns 65.

New York 2008: Mark Fields hails a Transit Connect Taxi Concept

Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Transit Connect Taxi

Industry leaders predictions for '08; Lutz angrier than ever

Between top X lists and hastily written end-of-the-year musings, the final day of 2007 is looking a lot like last year's run of retrospectives. Although some of the stories are different, many of the players have remained the same, so Tom Walsh from the Freep shot out a dozen emails to some of the leaders in his home state to get their predictions and hopes for the New Year.

Ford might increase cuts in slow economy

Mark "the Mullet" Fields dropped some small ordinance during an interview with the Wall Street Journal today, saying that if the slow U.S. economy puts the automaker at risk of not meeting its financial goals for the next two years, it may increase the rate at which it will cut costs.

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