Jean Jennings is no wallflower. She says what she thinks. It may not always turn out to be true, but that's not stopping the Editor of Automobile Magazinefrom saying whatever she wants.
And most times, it gets your attention.
Take her prediction to me Monday night about Ford and Toyota . During our prime time special she said emphatically that Ford would pass up Toyota and again become #2 in the U.S. From Jean's perspective, Ford's resurgence in cars combined with its strength in trucks, sport utilities, and crossovers will power the company past the Japanese automaker.
Do I think Jean is right?
Eventually yes, but I don't think it will happen in 2010.
Look at the numbers. Stripping out Volvo (61,435 sold last year), Ford trails Toyota in total sales by 154,350. Meaning Ford will have to out sell Toyota by 12,862 every month. That is a huge task even when one company is surging and the other is struggling.