Daily Archives: September 14, 2012

Don't hold your breath waiting for the Jetson's future of flying cars anytime…

Don't hold your breath waiting for the Jetson's future of flying cars anytime soon says +Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford, but smarter cars with increased levels of electrification and moves toward autonomous vehicles are on the way

Cars won’t fly, but they’ll amaze
It will be a world in which cars run on electricity, hydrogen or other alternative fuels.

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+Autocar magazine has some interesting speculation today about production of the… 4

+Autocar magazine has some interesting speculation today about production of the new generation +Ford Motor Company Mondeo. The Mondeo is Ford's midsize C/D segment car in Europe and the rest of the world and is the counterpart to the Fusion sold here in North America.

As part of the automaker's move to globalize all of its platforms, the next-generation Fusion and Mondeo will be essentially the same vehicle sold around the world, unlike the current models which are the same size but share almost no parts. Currently Mondeos for the European market are built in Genk, Belgium. Unfortunately the current problems in the European market make it difficult to justify building the Mondeo there because there just isn't enough demand to fill a whole plant. 

Ford's global strategy could address that because all of the refreshed plants around the world are using the same production processes and could easily build any variation for any market. Here in North America, production of the Fusion has begun at the Hermosillo Mexico factory and earlier this week Ford announced that the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan http://fordfusionstory.com/latest/index.php/2012/09/10/flat-rock-assembly-plant-becomes-a-new-home-for-ford-fusion/ would add Fusion production in 2013.

With the available capacity at Flat Rock and Hermosillo, Ford could almost certainly meet all of the European demand for Mondeos along with the Fusions needed here. Best of all, if Hermosillo were to produce Mondeo wagons, it could even open up the possibility of building some Fusion wagons for America (here's hoping anyway!)

The Mexican Mondeo? | Autocar
Could plant closures be the real reason for the new Ford Mondeo’s production delays?

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Who says Apple doesn't blog and use social media 4

With the likes of Jon Gruber and Jim Dalrymple on your side, there's no reason to have an official social media presence. You get all the benefits of what appears to be third parties talking about what you do with none of the risk that they might actually say something completely honest. 

Reshared post from +DeWitt Clinton

"When Schiller unveiled the iPhone 5, it rose from the stage floor on a smoothly-rising and rotating pedestal, pinpoint spotlights hitting the phone and only the phone. The rotation of the iPhone atop the pedestal was in perfect sync with the rotation of the iPhone projected on the big screen at the back of the stage. There’s no store where you buy such pedestals; Apple designed and engineered it specifically for this event. It was on stage for about a minute." -John Gruber

Oh, you have a smoothly rotating pedestal? Tell me again how hard that was to build.  : )

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