The Ford Mustang: Understanding the Car's Marketing Appeal

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Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company (FOMC) in Michigan on June 16, 1903 after “previous attempts to manufacture cars had failed.” Early in its history the company saw much success with the expansion of Lincoln, the company’s luxury vehicle, along with investments in Mazda and purchasing the “Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Volvo and Land Rover brands.” However, the company has since seen drastic reductions in its stake in Mazda, along with selling all four brands to other automakers. More recently, through Henry Ford’s vision, FMC has become one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world given that it manufactures and distributes automobiles across North America, Europe, Asia and South America and ranks 10th in Fortunes top 500 companies in the 2013 edition. Ford’s current headquarters is in Dearborn, Michigan. II. SWOT Analysis According to Kerin, Hartly and Rudelius, authors of the textbook Marketing 11th edition, SWOT is an acronym that describes an organization’s appraisal of its “internal strengths and weakness along with its external opportunities and threats.” The SWOT analysis includes examining the company’s strengths and weakness in the areas of management, offering, marketing program, finance, personnel, manufacturing and research and development. In addition, the analysis includes a second part, the company’s external opportunities and threats, which include consumer/ social, competitive, technological, economic, and legal/ regulatory. A. Strengths a. Management “Ford is regarded as the second-largest commercial brand in the world and one of the leading commercial vehicle brands in North America.” Ford’s mission statement of “One Team, One Plan, One Goal. ” The Company has a strong mission that ... ... middle of paper ... ...t Modified 2012. Accessed February 2, 2014. Thomaselli, Rich. “Marketer of the Year 2010: Ford Motor Co.” Advertising Age. Last Modified 2010. Accessed April 1, 2014. Wernle, Bradford. "Spotlight now on Mustang, F series." Automotive News 87, No. 6582. pg. 24-26. Business Source Complete EBSCOhost. Last Modified 2013. Accessed January 29, 2014. "WISE WAY CELEBRATES 35 WITH MUSTANG GIVEAWAY." Electrical Wholesaling 89. No. 4, pg. 70. Business Source Complete EBSCOhost. Last Modified 2008. Accessed January 29, 2014. Woody, Todd. "An All-Electric Ford Mustang Shelby GT500?" Forbes pg.7. Business Source Complete EBSCOhost. Last Modified 2012. Accessed January 29, 2014. “2002 FORD MUSTANG Specs and Features.” MSN Auto. Last Modified 2006. Accessed March 31, 2014, “2014 Ford Mustang Review, Specs and Prices,” Cars. Last Modified 2010. Accessed March 31, 2014

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