As we come to the end of the year, we encourage everyone to take time to appreciate all that we have accomplished together. We should feel very proud!
We restored Ford’s investment grade status after many years of hard work and earned back the Blue Oval. Together, we launched 25 vehicles and 31 powertrains globally. We marked 13 straight quarters of profitability through the third quarter – including record quarterly profit in North America. We developed a comprehensive plan for restoring profitability in Europe, continued to invest for growth in Asia Pacific, are using our One Ford plan to improve our performance in South America, began the reinvention of Lincoln and continued solid profitability at Ford Credit.
On behalf of Bill Ford and the entire leadership team, thank you! Each of you has contributed to our progress.
The year ahead presents us with both challenges and opportunities. In 2013, we will drive for even more progress from our One Ford plan to deliver profitable growth – serving customers in all markets with a full family of vehicles that offer the very best quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value. We will do so as our competitors grow even stronger and the challenges from the external environment continue.
Our success in 2013 will depend on remaining laser-focused on our One Ford plan:
• Aggressively restructure to operate profitably at the current demand and changing model mix
• Accelerate the development of new products that customers want and value
• Finance the plan and improve the balance sheet
• Work together effectively as one team, leveraging Ford’s global assets
Thank you and Happy New Year to each one of you. We look forward to working together to Go Further in 2013!
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