Why Ford Stopped Making Cars, What Went Wrong

Why Ford Stopped Making Cars, What Went Wrong


rev up your engines, well Ford the
inventors of the Model T which was the first really mass-produced car, has
decided they don’t want to really make cars anymore, they say that they’re gonna
phase them out and they’re only gonna make the Ford Mustang which is a very
popular sports car and the car they’re gonna call the focus active, now before
you freak out and think oh man, Ford is stopping making cars, realize that
they’re still making all kinds of transportation vehicles they’re gonna
still make trucks, SUV, crossover vehicles and hybrid vehicles, you may not know it
but Ford’s plan is that by the year 2021 they’re gonna be number one sales in the
United States for hybrid cars, surpassing Toyota, now if you want to know the
reason that they’re not building cars anymore,
a lot of it has to do with both profitability and society what’s popular
and what isn’t popular, in terms of profitability, SUVs, crossover vehicles
and pickup trucks are the most profitable things to build, so of course
they want to build them and sell them know when I was a young mechanic in the
1960s, station wagons were really popular everybody had a station wagon to fit the
kids and stuff in, SUVs and crossovers have taken over from that as an example
take this 2007 Toyota Matrix it’s basically a Toyota Corolla, the engine,
transmission, brakes, are exactly the same but it’s a small SUV body, people want
the handiness of four doors, but they also want, carrying capacity where you
can flop the seats down I carried sheets of plywood in this
thing, just take a look at any parking lot these days, you’re gonna find
there’s tons of SUVs, crossovers, so really it’s not like people aren’t
buying cars or making cars, they’re just the cars with SUV body style on them or
in the case of the big SUVs they’re just a truck with an SUV body stuck on top of
it, so Ford have been making f-150 trucks for a really long time and their very
popular, hey they make money selling those but they make even more money selling
the giant SUV versions of them and if you really look at it today, Ford saying
they’re not going to make any cars except for the Mustangs really isn’t
that big of a change because today, they only make six models of sedans and
coupes anyway, they’re just dropping six models it’s not that big of a deal
really, now it was a really big deal when people gave up their horses and buggies
and got Model T Fords, but I mean really changing from a Ford Fusion to an SUV or
a crossover, really isn’t big of a change anyway, and when you look at it from the
business standpoint, hey if you’re ran a company, what would you want to
sell, a bunch of little cars you hardly make any money at or suvs crossovers
and big pickup trucks that you make a lot of profit on, it would only make sense to
go the way of not making the little cars and from what they talked about
their focus active, they don’t actually make it yet, but that’ll probably be a
smaller car, odds are it will be made in China who knows it might even be an
electric car, so if they go electric cars or even smaller cars, hey they’ll have a
car to sell to people and if you really think about it, when Ford was only making
Model T’s a long time ago and Henry joked, hey you can have any color you
want as long as it’s black, hey they made a lot of money selling only one model of
car and the Mustangs hey they’ll probably be making them for a long time, it’s a
popular American icon, you can get little bitty ones with four-cylinder engines,
you can get them with big v8 engines, you can get them standard, automatic, even a
10 speed automatic that’s pretty much bulletproof, so all in all this talk about
Ford no longer making any cars, well you know it’s kind of a big deal about
hardly anything at all most people hey they’re going to SUVs they got a family they want to fit a bunch of people in, they want to carry
stuff when they can and if they’re really serious, they’ll get a pickup truck
and they’re never going to stop making those pickup trucks, so if you really
think about it, the idea of Ford no longer making cars
it’s just fitting with the rest of our society, they’re switching to SUVs and giant
pickup trucks that they are always good at, if the future
merits it, electric cars and a heavier dose of hybrids, although the hybrids cost so
much money to produce, I personally doubt that don’t ever be a really gigantic
part of the market, because hey either go full electric or really efficient
gasoline engines, you’re gonna get about the same thing on either of them,
why switch the whole way to a system that has to go
partly electric, partly gasoline or diesel, it’s always gonna cost more money
to build something that’s hybrid it’s a higher level of technology and then when
they get old hardly anybody knows how to fix them and then you got to buy another one,
that’s the reason down here in Texas where things don’t really rust, I got a
lot of customers with Ford f-150 pickups some of them are 30 years old or more
and they’re still running really good so you’re going against planned
obsolescence if you go to a simpler system that is only a gasoline engine
or only a diesel engine, making it hybrid that to me that’s too much
technology, like do we really need talking refrigerators that can order
your food when you’re low on milk, I mean come on now, but getting ready a car and
getting an SUV or a crossover vehicle, tat only makes sense in our society, so Ford
really they’re just following the market forces so they continue to make a profit
and sell vehicles that people want to drive, notice that Ford has
stopped making model T’s a long time ago, even Volkswagen stop making beetles,
things change and a company has to follow those changes or people won’t buy
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