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    Alan Mulally Vows to Improve MyFord and Sync
    Alan Mulally Vows to Improve MyFord and Sync

    In January 2011, Consumer Reports said that it won't advise to buy the 2011 Lincoln MKX and the 2011 Ford Edge because of low test scores, caused by the results of MyLincoln Touch and MyFord Touch technology. According to the magazine, the systems were to complicated, that they rather distracted the driver than kept his eyes on the road, and that they didn't always perform as promised. The situation may soon change though.

    In a recent interview with Automotive News, Ford CEO Alan Mulally announced that the company spares no efforts to improve Sync and MyFord infotainment systems, and that they are aimed at eliminating the glitches that damaged Ford's reputation. When told of anecdotal tales of consumers who want to purchase a Ford vehicle but won't if they have to take MyFord Touch, Alan Mulally replied that after the upgraded version of the system is introduced, they might change their mind.

    Ford plans to offer the new MyFord Touch on 80% of the Ford-brand lineup, and make it standard on all future Lincolns. With all the bugs fixed and with the system revised to become more user-friendly, a driver will be able to operate temperature, audio and other controls, keeping the hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

    Ford Recalls More than 20,000 Trucks and SUVs
    Ford Recalls More than 20,000 Trucks and SUVs

    The latest recall of the Ford trucks is caused by the defective switch, which makes the brake lights, tail lights and turn signals to work incorrectly.

    “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its website that the recall affects certain 2004 through 2011 Ranger pickups, 2002 through 2005 Excursion SUVs, and 2002 through 2007 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks,” writes The Detroit News.

    To be recalled only those trucks and SUV's which received the defected switch during the assembly or as a replacement part.

    “About 20,450 trucks in the U.S. are affected, plus Ford is recalling more than 6,000 of the switches that were sent to dealers as replacement parts,” says Forbes. “Ford says it knows of no accidents or injuries caused by the problem.”

    NHTSA investigation showed that the elements of the switch may deform, causing the failure which may result in a crash. The defective switch will be replaced at the dealership free of charge, the recall is expected to begin in the middle of the August.

    Meet 2011 Chief Executive of the Year – Alan Mulally

    Chief Executive, which is a bi-monthly business magazine for top management executives, honored Allan Mulally with the 2011 CEO of the Year Award. Though the finalists were selected and voted for by the readers, the final decision was made by the committee, which consisted of executives of the leading companies. The selection committee of the publication gathered in NYC this March to sift through the 10 finalists nominated by more than 147,000 readers.

    Members of the committee agree that Mulally like no other CEO deserves this year's award. In 2006, he was hired away from Boeing Company to save Ford from the deep financial crisis. Only five years after accepting the keys to Ford, Allan Mulally, who had absolutely no car experience, fulfilled the task perfectly. He helped the company avoid bankruptcy without TARP bailouts and turned it into the most profitable automaker.

    Celebration of the Mulally's selection will be held at an invitation-only event hosted by the Chief Executive Group LLC and NYSE Euronext at the New York Stock Exchange in July.