Category: Ford

Scott Makowski, Ford Chief program engineer, 4 cylinder power trains and John Barnes, Lincoln, Engineering supervisor talked to Driving the Nation about the all new 2015 Lincoln MKC, the second of four of Lincoln’s products to hit the market, following the MKZ. Barnes talks about the exterior design, including its signature split-wing grille and Makowski [...]

Is Mary Barra following in Alan Mulally’s strategic footsteps?  on Driving the Nation

For five years of the time that Alan Mulally has been at Ford Motor Company, General Motors has been playing musical chairs with their Chief Executive Officers. Alan Mulally is about to retire from Ford as CEO and General Motors is just bringing in their first CEO to restructure the new General Motors. When Alan [...]

Elaine Bannon, Chief Nameplate engineer, Lincoln Motor Company talks to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com. What are the duties of a chief nameplate engineer? Bannon compares the Navigator to the Escalade.

Geneva Motor Show, Russia and Ukraine, Cars and gas on the John Batchelor radio show

Russia and the Ukraine are starting to seep into the Geneva Motor show discussions and there is concern about what will happen if this situation is not contained soon, if cooler heads do not prevail. European, American and Asian car makers are closely monitoring the “situation” in Ukraine. According to the Association of European Business [...]

Vice President of global design at Ford Motor company, Moray Callum

Moray Callum, Ford’s vice president of global design at Ford Motor company, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Callum is responsible for global design, including the new Mustang that Europeans, and Americans alike, will be able to buy and drive starting in 2015. [...]

Ian Callum, chief design director for Jaguar, has been the driving force behind the design and resurgence of the Jaguar brand. Callum has spent most his life designing sports cars. This year he is going into his brother’s, Moray Callum, Ford’s executive director of design, territory by designing SUVs. He is also going into Landrover’s [...]

Ford’s President and CEO, Alan Mulally, on Ford’s future products

Alan Roger Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. Mulally talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about Ford’s F-150 and other future products. The same high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys already used in aerospace is, for the first time, being used throughout the F-150 body. Mulally says the F-150 [...]

Landrover’s Finbar McFall

Finbar McFall is Land Rover’s Vice President of Marketing in North America. At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show McFall talks about Jaguar and Landrover’s increasing marketshare. What accounts for the increase in sales? Are they conquest sales from other brands? Why doe it work so well to have Jaguar and Landrover owned by the [...]

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Joseph “Joe” R. Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President of the Americas for Ford Motor Company talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation about marketshare and brand loyalty. Hinrichs What is bringing Ford’s marketshare up? Ford used to own Aston Martin, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and [...]

By Jim Powell To quote Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, “The 2015 Mustang is the purest- most modern… muscle car out there!” This is exactly Ford’s conundrum. How can a pure muscle car with power and performance attract their conquest buyers who are in their twenties and thirties without the elements that are [...]