Ford Goes Through Its Platforms With An Axe, Keeps Just Five For Entire Range

In a bid to slash costs, Ford will reduce its number of global architectures to just five, building its entire worldwide fleet off these modular platforms.

The Blue Oval intends on slashing $25.5 billion in costs over the next five years and the elimination of unnecessary platforms will go a long way to achieve this. Once upon a time, Ford had 30 global architectures, but under former chief executive Alan Mulally, that figure was reduced to the nine currently in use.

During a presentation at the 2018 J.P. Morgan Auto Conference, Ford’s head of product development and purchasing, Hau Thai-Tang, said that the cost-cutting measures extend upon Mulally’s One Ford plan which helped save the company from bankruptcy.

“This is not saying One Ford was wrong. This is building on the strategy of One Ford and evolving from it.”

According to Thai-Tang, moving to just five global platforms will boost the efficiency of Ford’s supply base, revealing that up to 70 per cent of a vehicle’s value can be managed through a modular approach, Automotive News reports.

Ford’s five platforms moving forward will be the following: a rear-wheel drive/all-wheel drive body-on-frame platform, a front-wheel drive/AWD unibody, a commercial van unibody, a RWD/AWD unibody, and a unibody platform for all of Ford’s battery-electric vehicles.

The automaker will also look to save roughly $7 billion in engineering and product-development costs. It will also reduce the amount of time it takes to bring a vehicle from paper to the showroom by a considerable 20 per cent.

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  • Six_Tymes

    a great idea.

  • Mr. EP9

    Yeah, that’s nice now where is the GT500?

  • Brent Morrison

    Ford is trash. They’re not a legit car company anymore. Greedy bastards. Quality is not job one anymore.

    • brn

      Because they’re focusing on fewer platforms?

  • Dude

    I wish I’d bought stock in Ford before the car axing announcement

  • GobbleUp

    Duh, took them 30 years to figure this out?

  • Gary

    The time are a-changing aren’t they? CUVs and SUVS are the new norm? Generations going forward into the not so distant future may look upon sedans as niche vehicles.

    A RWD/AWD platform should’ve been a given from the get-go with the Mustang. It was a head scratcher as to why Ford didn’t build a proper RWD sedan on the mustang platform. Can only imagine the positive impact it would’ve also had on Lincoln’s reputation in bringing a true luxury performance RWD sedan to market as well.

    Seemed like an oversight when one considers that GM’s highly praised Alpha Platform was used for 3 models including the Camaro and its many successful iterations.

  • eb110americana

    So…small cars like the Fiesta and EcoSport will share a platform with three-row crossovers like the Flex, or at least something the size of the Edge? Seems dubious to me. Ether the small ones will gain a lot of weight, the big ones will lose towing/cargo capacity, or Ford’s definition of “platform” shares no parts, hard points, stampings, or dimensions. Maybe they just mean that they can go down the same assembly line together.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    If Ford had understood this ten or fifteen years ago, perhaps they’d still own Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Aston Martin. Volkswagen Group does it successfully.

  • aaronbbrown

    Ford is now officially a boutique company. You can’t keep building junk cars and expecting people to buy them based on your name alone. Thank God Henry Ford is not alive to see this. They have less than 200,000 employees Worldwide, next they go out of business, and if it wasn’t for trucks and SUVs they’d be out of business already.

    • KareKakk

      Going out of business is the ultimate cost cutting tool, so in the end Ford will win as yet another manufacturer without any costs in production. Or income. Excellent management philosophy decisions.

  • Blanka Li

    Groovy . . .Now when is the stock going to go up?

  • Rich Money

    how many platforms do other large manufacturer’s have? without that info, this means very little to me.

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