09/05/2006:"Have You Driven a Ford Lately?"
Probably not, and somehow I don't think the Ford Bold Moves ad campaign will change that fact. Growing up in the shadow of Detroit, I've always been surrounded by people wearing "Big Three" garb (even tattoos!), and listening to people insisting you buy American, even if it meant they bought a Ford made in Spain before they'd buy a Honda made in America. Articles on the Bold Moves web site like A New Global Battle: The Emergence of The "Big Six" make Ford sound like the war's already won, which might explain their continued bad news. I don't mind though.I'm all for globalization. I'd rather drive a Maybach 57.
Which reminds me of something funny I overheard when I still waited tables several years ago. I was waiting on a British couple and a German man who all apparently worked for the then newly-merging Daimler-Chrysler. The German man kept saying "Daimler this" and "Daimler that", until finally the British woman took note and asked if it were not in fact "Daimler Chrysler". The German man paused for a moment. "I'm afraid the Chrysler" he said, munching his salad, "is silent".