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Ford boss Bernhard Mattes: No further short-time work necessary

Ford boss Bernhard Mattes
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Rather, Ford wants to boost its sales in the second half of the year thanks to new models and, for example, increase its market share in Germany of 6.9 percent Increase the first half of the year to over seven percent in the second half of the year.

New Ford Fiesta should liven up business

'We clearly want to have a seven before the decimal point, and that will work with the products,' said Ford boss Bernhard Mattes auto motor and sport.
Mattes is primarily relying on additional sales volume through the Fiesta. 'With the almost completely overhauled Ford Fiesta, production of which will start in the second half of 2012 and which will hit the market in the first quarter of 2013, we expect a significant recovery in business.'

Ford also has high expectations of Kuga and B-Max, which should win customers from other brands. 'The new B-Max appeals to a broad target group, both families with small children and couples whose children have already left the house. We see great potential for conquest.'

Production was adjusted to demand

The short-time working in Cologne on seven days during the summer vacation and four days afterwards as well as the reduction of the line speed in Saarlouis are sufficient, others Measures not planned. 'We use the various possibilities: collective free shifts, a slowing down of the line speed and the lowering of the daily production, which we also did. This enabled the production to be adapted to the demand. Further measures are currently not in question.'

The other topics in auto motor und sport , issue 19, which will be available from 23.8. on sale:

  • New VW Golf and its own rivals
  • Special 150 years of Opel
  • Purchase advice Range Rover Evoque
  • Driving report Ford B-Max
  • Workshop test BMW
  • Single test Volvo V40


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