The veteran executives lured back to Ford Motor Co. to help that company's turnaround might get a new reputation if
CEO Bill Ford's description catches on. "I was asked last night if we were going to bring the Whiz Kid concept back to Ford," Bill Ford told analysts last week, referring to a group of men Henry Ford II hired after World War II to bring organization and management efficiency to the company. "No, it's more like Grumpy Old Men." So would former retiree and current Ford CFO Allan Gilmour play the Jack Lemmon or the Walter Matthau role?
I SUBARU-DO - Wedding bells rang on May 17 when a North Carolina couple married one year after meeting at a Subaru owners' club group drive in Fontana, N.C. Jerry Hagan, business manager at Prestige Subaru in Asheville, N.C., wed Kristi Powell. And the couple's Subaru vehicles attended. Says Hagan, "After I asked Kristi to marry me and she accepted, we both decided it would be only fitting to have the wedding at the place where we met and to have both our Subaru vehicles included in the ceremony, since the cars were the reason that we met in the first place."
VETTE VIEW - Corvette aficionados are a picky bunch, and General Motors design chief Wayne Cherry is no exception. At a recent classic car show at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich., we asked Cherry which Corvette model he would drive home if he could. Cherry says there is no way he would choose a "four-headlight" car made from 1958-62. He likes the more streamlined styling of the 1953-57 versions, which had just one headlight per fender. Cherry, who retires this fall, is working seven days a week preparing the 2004 concept cars for the show circuit.
PUMP YOU UP - Dura Automotive CEO Larry Denton, 52, has been named one of the 50 fittest CEOs in metro Detroit by Crain's Detroit Business, a sister publication to Automotive News. To make the cut, CEOs were judged in five areas: how much body fat they had, how far they could reach, and the number of push-ups, sit-ups and stairs they could walk up and down during timed intervals.
THANKS, MOM - Car designers might want to take note of this item. For some mothers, being a chauffeur for the kids starts early - like at birth. A survey finds that about one in every 300 women in the United States has given birth in a vehicle while on the way to the hospital. Among the cities where such births were more likely to occur: Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and Los Angeles. The telephone survey of 1,000 adults was by polling firm Ipsos U.S. Express of Washington. The margin of error is plus/minus 4.4 percent.