Mazda-Ford relationship to stay the same despite economic struggle
3 November 2008

Mazda’s relationship with Ford won’t change, even if the struggling US automotive giant sells the bulk of its shares, the Japanese car maker’s boss has said.“Our ties are so close,” said Mazda CEO Hisakazu Imaki. “You can’t tell how much of the company is Mazda and how much of it is Ford.” Ford has held shares in Mazda since the 1970s and now owns a controlling stake in the Japanese giant.Industry analysts have said that the success of Ford of Europe’s small car operation means that Mazda no longer fits in with the Blue Oval’s global strategy.

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3 November 2008

[quote Autocar]Industry analysts have said that the success of Ford of Europe’s small car operation means that ...[/quote]

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What do they mean? Ford Europe's small cars operations aremade of of joint ventures, Fiat for the KA and Mazda for the bulk of the Fiesta. Surely the success of the operation is as much down to Mazda (and Fiat) as it is to Ford themselves?



It's all about the twisties........

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