We asked North American boss Mark Fields yesterday how Ford could have been so sure about a strategy then only to reject it now.
"Focus," he said, sidestepping, "is a wonderful thing."
Meanwhile, Volkswagen is snapping up everything in sight in a bid to become the world's largest automaker before this decade is up. Next question for Fields, a 21-year Ford veteran: How could two of the world's biggest car companies choose such sharply different routes to survival?
He wouldn't comment on a competitor's strategy. He didn't have to: His smile spoke volumes.