Re: 2nd Questionnaire for Tom Gorman
1. How do you aim to increase quality in the manufacturing process, and in respect of just in time manufacturing, how do you plan/implement quality control measures at suppliers, and what indeed has ford used to measure quality in the past (I assume warranty/recall data). Also, will Ford continue to focus on long term agreements with suppliers, or will you take a more active role in periodic tenders for new suppliers ?
2. With rumours surrounding a possible diesel or turbo diesel variant of Territory by implanting an already made ford diesel, could you ever see, for any intensive purposes a possible business plan for a diesel falcon to the range, or do you believe this area is sufficiently covered by the LPG variant of the inline 6 ? I mention this especially in the respective light of Ford's prior adverse reaction to rising fuel prices in the 1980s.
3. With an obvious gap within the Ford lineup and difficulties with import tarriffs and the like on the euro fords, is the option open to Ford Australia to explore the possibilities of Mazda derived passenger cars like what was common place in the 90s, or is there now a general feeling within Ford internationally that previously generic car models (eg 626/telstar) should belong to one specific brand eg Mazda 6.