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    Quote Originally Posted by D1JL View Post
    This is nothing new.
    Ford has merged with or bought parts of other car companies before.
    Mazda
    Jaguar
    Volvo

    Who knows we could end up with a Festiva Beetle.


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    Quote Originally Posted by me32 View Post
    Ford has sold/killed off all but Lincoln these days.
    Your comment is correct.

    First, a merger may not happen at all.
    Second, Ford may not keep any relations with VW in the future either.

    This topic is about a potential merger, not a possible dissolvement.

    My only point to this topic was that Ford has done this before.
    So there is no reason to get excited.
    We will just have to wait and see.

    The "Festiva Beetle" was just a poor attempt at humor.



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    I don't see much controversial stuff in the article.....

    I think the main thrust of the discussion between the companies regards possible platform sharing and some commercial vehicle power train development. It is not sounding like any sort of takeover. Nobody should get their hopes up regarding any sharing of quatro or Coyote hardware. I think they are just trying to grapple with the industry wide issue of development costs and platform proliferation. Joint component development is nothing new. Ford and GM recently co-engineered a transmission for their respective full size trucks that shares every component except for the cases. Our own Fiesta's are an example of a platform sharing agreement with Mazda. Ford Europe used a Flat 500 platform for the previous generation of Ka city car. This isn't a new practice. It is very likely to be the future of most Auto makers. The dev costs for vehicles is simply staggering. There is a broad consensus in the industry that cooperation is better than just spending ourselves into Oblivion.

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    Most of the plants I go in to service lifts are making several parts for several manufacturers. I see Volvo, Audi, Mercedes, Hyundai, and a few others in the same plant for interior pieces, and exhaust manufacturers for several of them at other plants. There’s a few places that do wheel and tire assemblies and sheer metal work as well down here. All using the same place to produce and ship.

    Hell, I have seen full body Mercedes SUV’s in logistics waiting to be shipped to MBUSI for build.
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    I don't know if I would like the logo.






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    Quote Originally Posted by D1JL View Post
    I don't know if I would like the logo.






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    Quote Originally Posted by D1JL View Post
    I don't know if I would like the logo.






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    People can't read. It says nothing about a buyout or merger, just shared platforms and technology. Geez!

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    Quote Originally Posted by me32 View Post
    Looks terrible
    Sorry my artistry is not very good.




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