Reducing the number of side-mirror configurations on the Explorer is a small change but a telling example of how Ford let itself fall back out of shape after tiptoeing around bankruptcy -- and the sort of bloat CEO Jim Hackett sees as a threat to Ford's "fitness."
The community surrounding AutoNation Ford Panama City looks like a war zone after Hurricane Michael. Still, dealership employees have found a sense of normalcy and routine in returning to the battered store.
Ford CEO Jim Hackett says the automaker is open to investment by automakers and others in its autonomous vehicle business, but cautioned that expanding partnerships with German automaker Volkswagen AG is a "delicate dance."
Just because Ford doesn't have plans to launch a commercial business with autonomous vehicles until 2021 does not necessarily mean the company is behind, argues Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles.
Despite the headwinds it faces today, including new mobility services that are disrupting the status quo in the auto industry, Ford Motor Co. "will figure it out," Alan Mulally, the automaker's retired CEO, said Wednesday at a conference on used vehicles.