You can take weight out of a car and truck and still make it very strong.
– William Clay Ford, Jr.
The Ford Motor Co. should stand for something more than cars and trucks. There is a Ford way of doing things that we cannot lose… We need to be continuously polishing that Ford oval.
The day will come when the notion of car ownership becomes antiquated. If you live in a city, you don’t need to own a car.
I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.
S.U.V.’s are under a lot of scrutiny these days, and yet the S.U.V. buyer is a very loyal lot.
Nature is where my heart is.
My great-grandfather was a man of great vision, drive, and native intelligence, with some human flaws amplified by limited education, limited social range, and questionable influence from some of his advisers.
As long as gas is cheaper than bottled water, we can’t be in a position of dictating to the consumer what to buy.
Lewis Booth and Derrick Kuzak represent the very best of Ford and our culture and built a legacy of leadership, integrity and commitment to excellence that will benefit us for years to come.
Lyft is enabling an exciting new model of freedom and personal mobility, as evidenced by its millions of satisfied users.
I don’t want anybody, whether it’s my grandchildren or any of our employees’ grandchildren, to have to apologise for working for Ford Motor Company. In fact, I want the opposite. I want them to look and say, ‘What a difference we made!’
All things being equal, I think people would still prefer to do business with their hometown companies. That’s true in America, that’s true in China, that’s true in Germany.
When Henry Ford founded the company bearing his name in 1903, he saw the car as a means of providing freedom of mobility to people around the world.
There’s a rising tide of environmental awareness and activism among consumers that’s going to continue to swell in the 21st century. Smart companies will get ahead of that wave and ride it to success and prosperity. Those that don’t are headed for a wipeout.
I don’t ever want to believe my own press clippings, good or bad.
I have no patience for wasting time.
There are almost no limits in terms of what a car can become.
One cannot find a healthy economy anywhere in the world that does not have a strong industrial base, period.
One of the things I’ve had the advantage of, growing up and being close to the top management of this company and other companies for most of my life, is seeing how CEOs start to believe in their own infallibility. And that really scares me.
I never wanted Ford to be a place, like the tobacco industry, where our employees were not proud of coming to work for us. I felt there was a danger of that, should we be marginalized as a major polluter.
I bleed Ford blue.
Whenever I’m at a party, people are always telling me either to get a new quarterback or make the Taurus back seat bigger.
I believe very strongly that corporations could and should be a major force for resolving social and environmental concerns in the twenty-first century.
I don’t care where you are in the world, people are aware of what technology is available to others. If you’re in Nairobi, you’re certainly aware of the iPhone.
There is a great demand everywhere in the world for individual mobility. People like the fact they are not on somebody else’s schedule. They can come and go as they please.
The climate is changing, and anyone who disagrees is, in my view, still in denial.
I walked in and inherited a management group that I didn’t know very well. They didn’t know me, and we had a very short window to put together a credible recovery plan.
When I joined Ford, in the late 1970s, I felt strongly we could not forever be a huge user of natural resources without there being consequences. But I was alone in my thinking in those days.
At Ford Motor Company, we believe the arts speak a common language that weaves a common thread among all people.
It’s hard to store natural gas. And it does require big storage tanks. So it doesn’t work very well on passenger cars.