“Necessary Conclusions” (#1217)

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  1. PLAYING: Entire Show

  2. Segment 1: Fields Interview: Part One

    Guest:

    • Mark Fields, President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Keith Naughton, Newsweek
    • Amy Wilson, Automotive News
    (6:05)
  3. Segment 2: Fields Interview: Part Two

    Guest:

    • Mark Fields, President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Keith Naughton, Newsweek
    • Amy Wilson, Automotive News
    (6:17)
  4. Segment 3: Fields Interview: Part Three

    Guest:

    • Mark Fields, President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company

    Panel:

    • John McElroy, Host, Autoline Detroit
    • Keith Naughton, Newsweek
    • Amy Wilson, Automotive News
    (6:24)
  5. EXTRA: Mark Fields, President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company


    (9:44)

Synopsis

Mathematics move our planet. We may feel better believing it's the shock and beauty of art, the harnessing of the elements or the philosophical building blocks of society, but in the end, it all comes down to the numbers, or as the 19th-century Harvard professor Benjamin Peirce called it, "the science that draws necessary conclusions."

Well, the “necessary conclusions” being drawn about the Ford Motor Company the past few years have not been good. Observers say it was all in the math and none of that in black ink.

But today the Ford label seems to be getting its gleam back. It actually started late last year with improved quality scores, followed by refreshed product with the marketing to match. CEO Alan Mulally might've mortgaged the Ford Family farm to get to this point but it's finally starting to yield more than just red-laced Excel sheets.

What's Ford doing, what's coming in the product pipeline and why is there suddenly all this international interest in the Blue Oval? Joining John McElroy to talk about these topics and more is Mark Fields, Executive Vice President, Ford Motor Company and President, The Americas. Amy Wilson of Automotive News and Keith Naughton of Newsweek round out our panel.

So catch Mark Fields and the new math at Ford on this week's Autoline...we'll leave the necessary conclusions to you.