Ford to slash costs $14 billion, invest in trucks, electric vehicles

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Ford Motor prepares to cut $14 billion in expenses over the next 5 years, CEO Jim Hackett informed investors on Tuesday, including that the No. 2 U.S. automaker would shift capital investment far from sedans and internal combustion engines to make more trucks and electric and hybrid cars.

The majority of those savings will disappoint up on Ford’s bottom line until 2019 and 2020, Hackett and other Ford executives stated, showing the market’s long product engineering lead times.

Ford will be open to more collaborations to spread the expenses and risks of simultaneously developing new innovation and services while churning out profit from selling trucks and sport utility vehicles in North America, Hackett stated throughout an almost two-hour presentation. He pointed out a partnership with ride services business Lyft to deploy future Ford self-driving vehicles, an alliance with Indian automaker Mahindra and a possible alliance with Chinese electric automaker Zotye.

The automaker declared an objective of accomplishing 8 percent automotive operating margins and generating returns that exceed the expense of capital. Ford will provide a financial forecast for 2018 in January. Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks stated it could take until 2020 or later to achieve the 8 percent margin objective.

Other automakers have cautioned that shifting to all-electric vehicles might damage profit margins. “I don’t think we should walk off a ledge where we ruin the earnings power of the company,” Hackett stated, saying Ford is preparing for a third of vehicles to still have internal combustion engines by 2030 – the year some governments in Europe have proposed prohibiting petroleum fueled cars.

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