New CEO Alan Mulally has already observed several inefficiencies in Ford's operations. Ford could save over $15 billion if it could duplicate GM's fixed cost per unit of $6,060 compared to $8,400. He has aggressively cut costs by $1.7 billion, including $1.2 billion in North America.
All totaled, Ford has cut 46,300 jobs in North America in the past two years, Reuters reported. And last year, it negotiated a new contract the United Auto Workers union. The company could make even more progress in the second quarter, because it won’t have to worry about a one-time $416 million charge that reflected money Ford spent just to reduce expenses. Also the company expects to close its $2.3 billion sale of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands to Tata Motors in the next three months.
Ford Motor Co. (F) said in March 2009 that it has reduced its automotive debt by $9.9 billion, or 38%. The debt reduction will trim more than $500 million from the carmaker’s annual cash interest expense, Reuters reported.