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Ford Recalls Escape for the 7th Time and General Motors' Sales Dip in India

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI  ) is off to a slow start following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, trading 0.2% lower in early afternoon trading. During the highly anticipated "Black Friday" shopping consumers spent an estimated $407 over the holiday weekend on average, which was lower than last year's mark of $423. Investors expected the slight weakness as promotions and discounts played a larger role this year. With the weekend spending behind us, here are some other companies making headlines today.

Ford's Escape has been a global sales hit. Photo credit:Ford

Outside of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Ford (NYSE: F  ) has initiated another round of recalls for its highly popular Escape SUV. That brings the 2013 Escape's total number of recalls to seven, and five of those involve fire risks on models with Ford's 1.6-liter engine.

"This is a voluntary recall that we have chosen to initiate because we believe it is the right thing to do. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we believe they will appreciate these actions, which we are taking on their behalf to help ensure their safety." Ford said in an emailed statement, according to Automotive News.

While this is certainly not great news for Ford, and it's seemingly more of an issue than Tesla's recent Model S fires that garnered huge amounts of attention, it's just part of the automotive industry. Ford's recall wasn't even the largest in November as Chrysler unleashed two recalls combining for over a million RAM truck models for a left tie rod assembly which could break and cause a loss of steering. It's also less of a catastrophe than Toyota's recall of nearly 800,000 vehicles for a second time after its first effort to prevent a handling problem failed.

Still, as the Escape is on pace to be Ford's second best-selling vehicle this year, Ford needs to continue its efforts to improve quality and reduce recalls as it heads into 2014 gaining market share on competitors.

Also in the automotive industry, Ford's cross-town rival General Motors (NYSE: GM  ) reported a 14% sales decline in its India operations. General Motors sold only 6,214 units in November compared to 7,238 in the same month last year. Although General Motors expected this decline, Ford has seen an uptick in its India operations recently.

Ford's November numbers haven't been made public yet. However, it posted the company's best October in history with a 36% sales increase over last year. Ford sold nearly 15,000 combined domestic wholesales and export vehicles in the month – as India is transitioning to an important hub for Ford's exports to emerging markets. 

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  • Report this Comment On December 02, 2013, at 3:42 PM, AmericanFirst wrote:


    If you want to speak as you say "outside the Dow Industrial Aveage" regarding Ford, why not share the below about GM?

  • Report this Comment On December 03, 2013, at 3:22 AM, stevenatorr wrote:

    7 times ? ford is a POS garbage period. i see brand new ford trucks/cars/suv's always broke down on the side of the road. Any ford i had owned has BROKE DOWN constantly. My father in-law got in his taurus friday and put it in reverse and the spring broke and impaled the tire and blew. His focus and taurus has cost him over $2500 combined in just the last 9 months. My GM's have cost $0 in the last 2 years. His fords are in the garage at least once every 2 months. My GM's have been in the garage 0 times in the last 2 yrs LOL they are getting rid of the taurus and getting a GM and the jocus is next to be sold and another GM bought. Fix Occasionally Repair Daily. I guess if people like buying garbage then go ahead and be my guest. I will stick with the best GM/CHEVY/PONTIAC

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