Detroit's automakers have gone through many changes in recent years, but one thing is still true: More than any other product, it's Detroit's pickup trucks that pay the automakers' bills. One top Wall Street analyst has estimated that Ford's (NYSE: F ) F-Series pickup line is responsible for more than three-quarters of the company's total global profits -- all by itself.
It's great that Ford has such a profitable product line, but it's also a risk -- being dependent on one product is never a good idea. As Motley Fool industrials analyst Blake Bos and senior auto analyst John Rosevear explain in this video, that's why Ford -- and General Motors (NYSE: GM ) , which is in a similar situation -- are making huge investments in other parts of their businesses right now.
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