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Old 02-17-2010, 01:32 PM   #1
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The automaker announced Tuesday that it will drop a shift at its joint venture plant with Mazda outside of Detroit, eliminating 900 jobs.

The automaker said the shift and jobs at the AutoAlliance Mustang plant in Flat Rock, Mich., south of Detroit, are eliminated in the name of plant efficiency. The plant, jointly owned by Mazda and Ford, assembles the Mazda6 and the Ford Mustang, neither of which have been having banner sales.

Due to slow sales, the plant scheduled significant downtime in the past year. As it eliminates the shift and 900 of the plant's 2,300 jobs by July, the line speed on the remaining shifts will be increased.

Ford said a majority of the workers will be transferred to a different plants, including the Chicago plant that will add 1,200 workers to build the new Ford Explorer and the Wayne, Mich., plant that will produce the 2012 Ford Focus.

Other workers will receive buyout packages. Still others will be laid off. The cuts take effect in July.

Mustang and Mazda6 sales fell by 27 percent and 34 percent, respectively -- more than the industry average.

The Mustang has been in a fierce sales race with the Chevrolet Camaro, which went on sale last March. The Mustang closed 2009 ahead of the Camaro but the Camaro is gaining while the Mustang lags. The Camaro outsold the Mustang in January.

The race heats up further this year when the Mustang gets a new, more powerful V6 engine and the Camaro adds new versions. But a new engine may not be enough for Mustang to pull ahead of the Camaro. --

Michelle Krebs, Senior Analyst and Editor at Large

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Production of the Ford Mustang was moved for the 2005 model year to the Ford-Mazda AutoAlliance joint-venture plant in Flat Rock, Mich., where a shift and 900 jobs will be eliminated by July.
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Old 02-17-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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They forgot to mention that sales of the Mazda6 have fallen because Mazdas are too damn happy.
Quit smiling at me you goofy ass car.
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:00 PM   #3
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:37 PM   #4
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So that's about 300 people who will no longer get paid for doing nothing, while the others will go do nothing somewhere else.
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:13 AM   #5
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Time for another "special" edition Mustang. That'll get them moving.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:41 AM   #6
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The slow down in the mustang should not really be a shock:

everyone in the market for one should know by now that better
engines are along the way ~ if they wait = get a better mustang.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1900867

besides, publicly traded companies know that more ca$h flow & less
heads to account for at same time: are things Wall st. loves to see

http://economics.about.com/od/stocksandmarkets/a/stock_prices.htm
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:13 PM   #7
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I'm shocked that the old 4.6L V8 models aren't flying off the shelf w/ the 5.0L on the horizon. Shocked.
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Old 02-19-2010, 07:07 AM   #8
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^^^^^ exactly.

WTH didn't Ford just stop production of the current Mustang? It would've created a HUGE demand for the new, upgraded cars.

Hello, sales at sticker and waiting lists!
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^^^^^ exactly.

WTH didn't Ford just stop production of the current Mustang? It would've created a HUGE demand for the new, upgraded cars.

Hello, sales at sticker and waiting lists!
Because some money is better than no money... ?

Regarding sticker and waiting lists, Ford makes the same amount of money either way. It's only the dealer that profits from ridiculous mark up. So it makes sense they would not arbitrarily stop a revenue stream.
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They forgot to mention that sales of the Mazda6 have fallen because Mazdas are too damn happy.
Quit smiling at me you goofy ass car.
um, the Mazda 6 isn't the happy one, the 3 is. And I've been seeing the 3's f-ing everywhere.
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