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KATHY JACKSON

Ford acts; Toyota thinks

Kathy Jackson is an Automotive News staff reporter.
Toyota may be the car company taking the most punches at the convention, but who will rise while the champ is down?

"I think Ford is in the best position to capitalize on Toyota's mistakes," says Daniel Chernault, vice president of Russell & Smith in Houston (Ford-Honda-Mazda). "Ford didn't take money from the government, has good quality and is close to its people.

"Ford knows what to do," he says. Toyota's problem is ‘we think.' Toyota's problem is they don't know how to fix it."

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