Ford Moves to Make More F-150s

Ford's (NYSE: F  ) sales have been up big in 2013. Thanks to the strength of new models such as the Fusion and perennial favorites such as the F-150, Ford has gained more market share in the U.S. than any other automaker so far this year.

But that has led to an interesting problem for Ford: making enough of its hot cars and trucks to meet demand. In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at Ford's latest moves to increase production in North America -- and what those moves might mean for Ford's profits later this year.


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  • Report this Comment On May 26, 2013, at 9:38 AM, Jeffkory wrote:

    The only ford I would own will have to be under warranty. I worked as a mechanic for ford 16 years- They start falling apart at the end of warranty- And the electrical problems are massive- They been burning down homes for over 50 years.

  • Report this Comment On May 26, 2013, at 10:41 AM, henrythe8thiam wrote:

    Wow, this differs greatly from another Yahoo Auto article explaining that Ford was all but in the dumpster. I never believe anything thats on yahoo or msn, but there has to be a reason Ford is increasing production rather than cutting it. Maybe its because they didn't take the bail out money? At Jeffkory, I've owned Fords all my life, never had a problem with any of them.....

  • Report this Comment On May 26, 2013, at 10:48 AM, mistacy wrote:

    "They been burning down homes for over 50 years." Sure, we see articles every week about homes burning because of Ford's products & there are well known lawsuits abounding regarding that matter... Get a lease, your car will always be under warranty then & change when it is not anymore. There is a difference between a grease monkey & a mechanic. Do you know what it is? You are not a mechanic.

  • Report this Comment On May 26, 2013, at 12:10 PM, pwkrp wrote:

    @henrythe8thiam maybe Ford didn't take bailout money but they took out personal loans and got a 9 billion dollar line of credit from the government. It was a bad times for all the car makers, even the japanese car companies had bailout money from their government. We got our bailout money back several years ahead of time and it keep 242K people working.

  • Report this Comment On May 26, 2013, at 7:41 PM, AmericanFirst wrote:

    pwkrp,

    I'm sorry, your not accurate with your commets. Yes, Ford was ahead of the curve in 2006, taking out "loans" from private institutions to reconstruct their business , which they are paying back to their creditors. Ford also received a Department of Energy Loan ($5.9B) for "green technology" development as Nissan, Tesla, Fiskers and others received monies from this fund. Ford also received a$15.9B "commercial paper loan" from the Treasury, which Toyota, BMW, GMAC, and Chrysler particpated in, when the lending markets dryed up. The above mentioned "loans" are being paid back as ageed with FORD'S money, not the taxpayers! Not at anytime did the gov. take an equity position with Ford.

    Now for GM, GM received a $50B taxpayer funded bailout, where the gov. took an equity/ ownership position of GM, Obamaruptcy also, extended $45B in future tax benefits to GM, which will keep GM from paying corp. income taxes for years, plus a $17.2B "commercial paper" loan for GMAC/Ally. The bottom line: GM received approx. $112B in cash bailout funding, tax benefits, commercial paper loans. Thus far through April 1, the gov. has recovered approx. $30B of the $50B bailout funding, leaving approx. $20B yet to be recovered. The $45B in tax benefits will advantage GM over Ford for many years, and $14.6B of GM's Commercial Paper Loan is still outstanding. Regarding the GM bailout saving the jobs of 242K people, we will never know, due to GM not going through a normal bankruptcy process, where there were alternatives. In closing, even a buried Ray Charles can see that GM was heavily advantaged over Ford when you look at the total GM bailout package. Case in point 2012 GM's tax rate 0%, Ford's - 26%. the

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