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July 17, 2019

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On The Surface



December 2, 2009


 "Big Ed" Whitacre and the GM Board. Expecting, make that demanding, that Fritz Henderson achieve meaningful and measurable results and basically "fixing" GM in 100 days was absurd. And everyone in this business knew it, apparently, except for "Big Ed" and the GM Board, that is. One question: How do you guys expect to bring in the right person to run the swirling maelstrom of shit that now defines GM with a salary cap and the stark realization that y'all might be a large part of the problem too? Oh, and one more thing? Please stay far, far away from the product decisions, because that's the one area at least where your people clearly do have a clue.

arrowup.gif Fritz Henderson. A good man and a talented executive, Henderson was put in the untenable position of bringing cultural change to an industrial institution that needed to be "blowed-up" real good. Short of marching the company's 200 top executives down the gangplank and saying Voila! to "Big Ed" and the Board, it was just not in the cards for Fritz to survive, or succeed.

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The all-new Ford Fiesta, formally introduced at the L.A. Auto Show, will be Ford's new entry to the U.S. market aimed squarely at the Honda Fit. The strikingly contemporary Fiesta is projected by Ford to deliver best-in-class highway fuel economy of 40 mpg with its 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine that delivers an estimated 119 horsepower and 109 ft.-lbs. of torque. An available, all-new North American industry-exclusive is the PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission that combines the responsive performance and fuel economy of a manual transmission with the convenience of a traditional automatic in one advanced, dual dry-clutch package. Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), which reduces complexity while saving weight and fuel, is standard on the new Fiesta. This advanced system is speed-sensitive – providing optimized assist based on speed, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration. Fiesta is projected by Ford to deliver best-in-class safety, convenience and connectivity, including its segment-exclusive SYNC® voice-activated communications system. The Fiesta will arrive at Ford dealers in the spring.



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