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Beau, congrats, that must have been pretty awesome for you.
I have a ton more respect for Jim. I’m halfway through a 2 week family road trip in an Edge, myself.
I like Farley, he seems to say all the right things, has a good vibe and just really seems to be the best CEO out there right now.
But then I have to take a look at reality, and their cars have turned into shit boxes you can’t rely on, right from the factory. The amount of recalls, issues and tsb’s coming out of Ford under him really makes you have to re-think how good he is.
If I am a dealer, I guess the upside is my service department is always busy, but I would prefer to have cars that work.
Basically I’m conflicted on him, but don’t think I would look at anything from Ford outside their Super Duty trucks at this point.
In fairness to Farley, these quality control issues long pre-date his tenure as CEO and it’s almost impossible for any of these issues to get fixed in under a decade (at least for American manufacturers).
Maybe he can take a page out of Hyundai/Kia’s playbook and get the company to offer a 5-year/60k mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100k powertrain warranties instead of the skimpy 3/36 and 5/60 they have now. It would show that the company stands by its product and create a greater financial incentive to finally get shit fixed.
As always, this 2007 BBC story about the Andon cord and the cultural mindset differences between Toyota and Ford plants is telling.
“Workers at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, pull the cord 2,000 times a week – and their care is what makes Toyota one of the most reliable, and most desired, brands in the US.In contrast, workers at Ford’s brand-new truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, pull the cord only twice a week – the legacy of generations of mistrust between shop-floor workers and managers.”
“Workers at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, pull the cord 2,000 times a week – and their care is what makes Toyota one of the most reliable, and most desired, brands in the US.
In contrast, workers at Ford’s brand-new truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, pull the cord only twice a week – the legacy of generations of mistrust between shop-floor workers and managers.”
I’d love an article on the Andon cord!
The (rusty) gears in my mind are now starting to turn. I’d love to put one together for The Autopian as a contributor! Though, that’s as long as my current employer is ok with me writing for outside media entities haha.
Good point, it isn’t like the “Found On Road Dead” joke came around just when he started.
The head of Fomoco’s son drives a BMW on a Ford press tour? Well I guess its better than the president of the USA’S son possesses an illegal weapon and does coke in the White House.
All Trumps fault.
In fairness, it seems as though he might just own one, not that he necessarily drove his dad around in it on a Ford PR tour.
I mean, don’t we all expect “well, what kind of car do YOU drive? Out with it!” would be the first thing David would ask anyone from the son of a car company CEO to some rando in line at the grocery store?
Do we really need to put up with this kook bullshit here? Why am i paying to read this website?
Jim Farley seems like a good dude, but when I see his face I simply can’t disassociate the fact that he’s Chris Farley’s cousin.
What a guest, great news guys! Looks like Jim is a honestly cool guy. Looking forward to all the related content.
Wow David, you’ve changed! Maybe in for the better LOL
Where the hell is the real David Tracy?? Instead of taking a 3-figure vehicle to the desert to try to destroy it he is taking a 6-figure luxo-barge (a very, very cool barge at that) to Pebble Beach where he is going to feast on caviar and canapés. Seriously who is this imposter, what happened, and where is the real David Tracy?? Does this mean DT is finally growing up (a little?)??
I remember when DT cooked a Thanksgiving dinner on hubcaps and valve covers. Hopefully he took Kristen out for Chinese after that disaster.
If you need a dose of the old DT, go read the post about a kitten and opossum living happily together in one of his vehicles.
OK, here’s what we’ve got: the Rand Corporation, in conjunction with the saucer people, under the supervision of the reverse vampires, placed an opossum inside David’s body which has been secretly controlling him this entire time. But, somehow, the opossum got out, moved into the Jeep and the David we have now is THE REAL DAVID. Think about it. The David we know shared a lot of traits with that of an opossum.
We’re through the looking glass here, people.
It’s like Being John Malkovich, except Being David Tracy. I smell sequel and DT is in LA. Coincidence? I think not.
Honestly, I’d watch that.
Earlier in the week he was on video squealing about a Jeep bed. I think the real David is still in there, but since living in Cali and getting a cat, we are now experiencing Valley DT.
Honestly, the Holy Grail should be going to Pebble Beach, fleas and all.
Go forth and eat the rich, little fleas.