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FORD'S MULLALY A FAN OF TOYOTA
(2007-01-04)
(wgvu) - You can count Ford Motor C-E-O Alan
Mulally (mul-AL'-ee) among Toyota's many admirers.
Mulally even ordered a car from Toyota's Lexus luxury division
before he took over at Ford in September.
But despite his respect for the Japanese automaker -- and his
meeting with Toyota executives last month -- Mulally has no plans
to bring the companies any closer.
Speaking tonight (Wednesday night) at a dinner meeting with
reporters, Mulally praised Toyota's production system as the
world's best. He says he just wanted to (-quote-) "study with the
master."
Reports that Toyota Chairman Fujio Cho met in Tokyo with Mulally
at the latter's request had sparked talk of a potential alliance.
The former Boeing executive squelched that speculation again
tonight.
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