Despite terrible sales, and a record smashing $14.6 billion loss in 2008, Ford Motor Co. executives continued a campaign to draw a bright line between their current extreme difficulties and those facing General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC.
Ford officials did travel to Washington D.C. to meet with officials from the Obama Administration. Missing from the Ford delegation, however, was Ford chief executive officer Alan Mulally. Both GM CEO Richard Wagoner and Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli made a point of attending the meetings in Washington D.C.
“The Ford team has ongoing dialogue with all policymakers, and we were pleased with the chance today to discuss the state of the industry,” said Ford spokesman Mike Moran. “Ford is in a different position, and our situation has not changed. We did not and are not seeking emergency financial assistance from the government.”