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Ford ups electric push in China as Beijing transforms market

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 8:16 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 8:16 AM


            FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Ford sign at an auto dealership, in Hialeah, Fla. At least 30 percent of the new vehicles Ford will roll out in China by 2025 will be electric, with Beijing pushing hard to improve air quality for people living in smoke-choked cities. Ford said Tuesday, Dec. 5, that the new electric cars will fall under the Lincoln brand and its namesake. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
FILE - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Ford sign at an auto dealership, in Hialeah, Fla. At least 30 percent of the new vehicles Ford will roll out in China by 2025 will be electric, with Beijing pushing hard to improve air quality for people living in smoke-choked cities. Ford said Tuesday, Dec. 5, that the new electric cars will fall under the Lincoln brand and its namesake. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Ford Motor Co. is promising to roll out more than 50 new vehicles in China over the next eight years including 15 powered by electricity as it restructures its business and responds to a government push for cleaner air by making all new vehicles electric.

The automaker, currently a small player in the world's largest auto market, announced the ambitious plan on Tuesday in Shanghai.

In addition to the Ford and Lincoln brand electric vehicles, the company said a new Zotye-Ford joint venture will sell a new line of affordable vehicles that run on batteries.

The move comes as Ford tries to become more competitive globally under new CEO Jim Hackett. In October, the company announced plans to cut $14 billion in costs, drop some car models and focus resources on trucks, SUVs and electric vehicles.

It's also a sign that unlike rival General Motors, Ford has missed out on the past opportunities to grow substantially in China, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for the LMC Automotive consulting firm. "China is extremely important and I think this is an acknowledgement of maybe some previous missteps of investment in China for Ford," he said.

Here's what you need to know about Ford's plan:

— Foreign and domestic automakers in China sold 24.4 million cars, minivans and sport-utility vehicles in China last year. LMC forecasts only 1-2 percent growth this year because part of a tax incentive expired at the end of last year, forcing buyers to act in 2017. Schuster says annual growth should settle in in the 3 percent to 4 percent range in future years.

— General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG vie for the title of largest automaker in China. GM sold 383,000 vehicles in October compared with Ford's 150,000.

— In September China joined France and Britain in announcing plans to end sales of gasoline and diesel cars. It's developing a timetable to end production of traditional fuel cars and no date has been set for the change to electrics.

— Schuster says it's not too late for the company to increase sales in China, where growth is expected to outpace other developed nations.

— Ford says it will assemble five additional vehicles in China for customers there including a Lincoln SUV and Ford's first global all-electric SUV. It also will "contain structural cost in the region" this year.

—The company says by the end of 2019 all Ford and Lincoln vehicles in China will be linked to the Internet via modems or plug-in devices, to increase consumer connectivity.

Glassdoor names 50 most beloved CEOs in America

Published: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 @ 5:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 @ 5:01 PM

H-E-B's Charles C. Butt made the list of America's 50 most beloved CEOs.
H-E-B's Charles C. Butt made the list of America's 50 most beloved CEOs.

The chiefs of Facebook, Google, Apple and Texas' beloved H-E-B all made the ranks on job site Glassdoor's list of top-rated CEOs of a large company in the U.S.

Glassdoor determined the 50 rankings by collecting anonymous employee reviews. Beating out well-known names like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, is Bob Bechek at No. 1. Bechek is the worldwide managing director of Bain & Company, a management consultant firm, and received a 99 percent approval rating from employees surveyed. 

Zuckerberg did make top 10 though, along with LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner, Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai. A bit further down the list at No. 19 is H-E-B's CEO Charles C. Butt, who received a 95 percent approval rating. 

Satisfied employees gave reviews like "H-E-B has always been hreat with allowing Partners to have a flexible schedule" while negative reviews said the company is "very demanding" and "has you work full-time hours while keeping you on part-time status."

To see who else made the list and what employees had to say about each company, you can go here.