The Headwinds Facing Ford


The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Isaac addresses the lingering concerns with the big automakers, spelled out in recent articles and an in-depth interview with Ford CEO Alan Mulally. Beyond the pension issues discussed by fellow Fool John Rosevear and the lack of enthusiasm for this sector spelled out by auto analyst Adam Jonas, Mulally identifies a third headwind facing Ford -- a declining middle class. For an iconic brand that helped bring the automobile into the mass market, the incredibly slow recovery in the broader economy counters the pent-up demand for vehicles. While Toyota seems poised for a more exaggerated rebound from recent setbacks, Ford must deal with slow growth going forward.

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