"All of us in the extended family of Ford Motor Company are deeply saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela. I am fortunate to have met and spent time with him as he was a shining example of the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity and make a positive difference in the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to the people of South Africa."
- Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
"Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to the people of South Africa and to the world. His leadership, courage and perseverance turned a dream of equality into a reality. His work lives on and he will always be remembered as a great champion of freedom and democracy."
- Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company