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Nissan Titan, Ford F-150, Exterior, Engine, Interior, Transmission, Truck
Jan 28, 2004 (7:40 pm)
Adding to the list...The Mustang was the best selling sports coupe. Ford has the highest sales of station wagons (Focus/Taurus/Sable). Ford is the #1 seller of RWD vehicles. The F-150 was not only the best selling vehicle in the U.S., but in the world actually. The Ford Focus was the #1 selling passenger car in the world.
Now, pertaining to corporate arrogance from an automaker, Nissan was mentioned by a statement Carlos Ghosn made.
Titled: Will success breed arrogance at Toyota? Only time will tell
"So, I asked Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn, what do you think of all these cars coming from Detroit?
“It’s a good start,” he replied simply. Then he extolled the virtues of his full-size Titan pickup truck as the best on the market and made pretty clear that Detroit’s ballyhooed “year of the car” doesn’t look as impressive as the local automakers think. "
"Has anyone thought about how the soft dollar relative to international currency's has affected the full size pickup wars?"
Japan purposely undervalues their yen to increase it's profits on exports. Japan sold a record 20 trillion yen in 2003, a strategy that slowed the yen's rise against the dollar to around 10% for the year, and they have spent around 3 trillion Yen on interventions a week ago, to prevent the yen from sinking below 106 yen.
Japanese manufacturer's were profiting around $2000-3000 per vehicle because their government was braking WTO rules and kept yen low. Because this issue came up in the last WTO meeting, the world community is keeping a closer eye on Japan, while they are trying their hardest to keep the yen low, BUT it's going up....
Jan 28, 2004 (8:19 pm)
What I'm saying is Ford isn't just treading water, it's actually on a rebound. Just take a look at it's financials, and at all the great vehicles out and on the way. I know we are Americans, and the USA is a big market, but you have to think and look bigger. As a whole Ford is doing pretty darn good, and is definitely on the rise, not fall you claim.
Also you NYTimes link required me to create a membership to view your article. Sorry, but I don't care to sign up for that. Why don't you paraphrase what was so important for us?
BTW, you're right, the full size may not sell as well outside of the states, but you can bet the compact trucks do. Asia, south america, africa, they all love the Ranger. Anyway, you're most entitled to your opinion, but that doesn't make you right...
Jan 28, 2004 (8:29 pm)
You can't post copywrited material.
#376 of 1169 Says the Member Agreement
by pf_flyer HOST
Jan 28, 2004 (8:33 pm)
And posting something multiple times doesn't get you anywhere either...If you want people to see an article that was in the NY Times, post a link to the article. Please do not cut and paste copyrighted materials into Town Hall. Thanks!
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#377 of 1169 I will remove the article. sorry
Jan 28, 2004 (8:37 pm)
I didn't intend to post it multiple times. I clicked "post my message" twice by mistake.