Ford planning future vehicles without Mazda’s help

2010 Mazda2 - 2011 Ford Fiesta

After years and years of working on developing vehicle platforms with its Japanese affiliate Mazda, FoMoCo plans to go on alone for future models.

“For a lot of designing and engineering, we”re going to be focused on Ford,” Mark Fields, Ford”s president for the Americas, told Bloomberg at the 2009 LA Auto Show. “Our efforts will be focused on the Ford system, as opposed to relying on others such as Mazda.”

At the 2009 LA Auto Show, Ford’s main attraction was the 2011 Ford Fiesta subcompact, which is based on the mechanical foundation of the Mazda2. Mazda’s CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi, said that continued cooperation between the two automaker still remains possible.

In 2008, Ford cut its stake in Mazda from 33 percent to 11 percent as it sold shares to raise cash.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Bloomberg