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Ford Loses $5.8B in Third Quarter

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FORD REPORTS PRELIMINARY 3Q 2006 FINANCIAL RESULTS*

Editor's note: The following is one of two related press releases Ford Motor Company is issuing today. Please also refer to the release entitled: "FORD TO RESTATE RESULTS SINCE 2001 FOR ACCOUNTING UNDER SFAS 133."

Ford also announces plans to restate certain financial results to correct accounting under SFAS 133. The preliminary third-quarter results announced today do not reflect these corrections.

-Third-quarter net loss of $5.8 billion, or $3.08 per share.

-Loss from continuing operations, excluding special items, of $1.2 billion, or 62 cents per share.**

-Strong liquidity with total cash, including automotive cash, marketable securities, loaned securities and short-term VEBA assets, of $23.6 billion.

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DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23, 2006 – Ford Motor Company [NYSE: F] today reported preliminary third-quarter 2006 financial results.

In a separate announcement, Ford said it would restate financial results from 2001 through the second quarter of 2006 to correct the accounting for certain derivative transactions under Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 133, Accounting forDerivative Instruments and Hedging Activities.

*The financial results discussed herein are presented on a preliminary basis; final data will be included in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2006 ("Form 10-Q Report").

** Earnings per share from continuing operations, excluding special items, is calculated on a basis that includes pre-tax profit and provision for taxes and minority interest. See table following “Safe Harbor/Risk Factors” for the nature and amount of these special items and a reconciliation to GAAP.

These corrections are not reflected in the preliminary results announced today for Ford's 2006 third quarter. The company expects to finalize restatement amounts for this and previous periods by the time it files its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2006. Financial statements pertaining to the 2006 third quarter will be provided at that time.

Summary of Preliminary Results

For the third quarter, Ford Motor Company reported a net loss of $5.8 billion, or $3.08 per share. This compares with a net loss of $284 million, or 15 cents per share, in the 2005 third quarter.

Excluding special items, the third quarter loss from continuing operations was $1.2 billion, or 62 cents per share, compared with a loss of $191 million, or 10 cents per share, a year earlier.

The performance from continuing operations primarily reflected operating challenges in the company's North America, Asia Pacific and Africa, and Premier Automotive Group operations. Performance also included continued profitability in South America and at Ford Credit. Though it lost money during the quarter, Ford Europe showed a year-over-year improvement in operating results and remained poised to deliver full-year profitability.

Special items included in the quarter's net loss primarily reflected the costs associated with restructuring efforts, primarily in North America, as well as the revaluation of long-lived assets related to automotive operations in North America and Jaguar/Land Rover. On an after-tax basis, special items reduced third-quarter earnings by a total of $4.6 billion or $2.46 per share. The total pre-tax effect of these special items was $5.3 billion. (See appendix at the end of this press release for a detailed explanation of special items and other changes during the period.)

In addition, effective this quarter, the company established a valuation allowance of $2.2 billion against deferred tax assets primarily at its North America and Jaguar/Land Rover operations. The valuation allowance was established because of the cumulative losses the company has incurred and the financial outlook for these operations.

Alan Mulally, Ford's president and chief executive officer, said he and his senior management team are committed to creating a viable Ford Motor Company business going forward.

"These business results are clearly unacceptable," Mulally said. "We are committed to dealing decisively with the fundamental business reality that customer demand is shifting to smaller, more efficient vehicles. Our focused priorities are to restructure aggressively to operate profitably at lower volumes, and to accelerate the development of new, more efficient vehicles that customers really want.

"We have great global assets and resources that we will leverage to significantly improve our product strategy, our production efficiency and quality. This will enable us to meet customer expectations for distinctive vehicles much more cost effectively. These actions will lead to profitable growth of our business over the long term."

The following discussion of the preliminary results of our Automotive sector and Automotive business units is on a basis that excludes special items. See table following “Safe Harbor/Risk Factors” for the nature and amount of these special items and a reconciliation to GAAP.

AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

On a pre-tax basis, worldwide Automotive sector losses in the third quarter were $1.8 billion. This compares with a pre-tax loss of $1.3 billion during the same period a year ago.

Worldwide automotive sales for the third quarter declined to $32.6 billion from $34.7 billion in the same period last year. Worldwide vehicle unit sales in the quarter were 1,511,000, down from 1,531,000 a year ago.

North America: In the third quarter, Ford’s North America automotive operations reported a pre-tax loss of $2.0 billion, compared with a pre-tax loss of $1.2 billion a year ago. The decline was largely attributed to lower volumes and unfavorable mix, primarily associated with lower industry volume and lower market share, and higher incentives. Cost reductions were a partial offset. Sales were $15.4 billion, down from $18.2 billion for the same period a year ago.

South America: Ford’s South America automotive operations reported a third-quarter pre-tax profit of $222 million, an improvement from a pre-tax profit of $96 million a year ago. The improvement was primarily explained by higher volume and favorable pricing. Sales for the third quarter improved to $1.5 billion from $1.2 billion in 2005.

Ford Europe: Ford Europe’s third-quarter pre-tax loss was $13 million compared with a pre-tax loss of $55 million during the 2005 period. The improvement came from higher vehicles sales, partially offset by higher pension-related costs, lower profits from operations in Turkey and negative net pricing. During the third quarter, Ford Europe’s sales were $7.3 billion, compared with $6.4 billion during third quarter 2005.

Premier Automotive Group (PAG): PAG reported a pre-tax loss of $593 million for the third quarter, compared with a pre-tax loss of $108 million for the same period in 2005. The decline was explained by adverse cost performance, primarily reflecting adjustments to Jaguar and Land Rover warranty accruals and lower volume at all operations, excluding Aston Martin. Improvements in overhead costs were offset by increases in advertising. Third-quarter sales for PAG were $6.5 billion, compared with $6.8 billion a year ago.

Asia Pacific and Africa: For the third quarter, Asia Pacific and Africa reported a pre-tax loss of $56 million, compared with a pre-tax profit of $21 million a year ago. The decline primarily reflected lower production and dealer inventories, adverse mix, and higher incentives, partially offset by cost reductions. Sales were $1.6 billion, compared with $1.9 billion in 2005.

Mazda: During the third quarter of 2006, Ford’s share of Mazda pre-tax profits and associated operations was $40 million, compared with $112 million during the same period a year ago. The decline primarily reflected the non-recurrence of mark-to-market gains on Mazda convertible bonds during 2005, which have now been entirely converted to equity.

Other Automotive: Third-quarter results included a pre-tax profit of $553 million in Other Automotive, compared with a loss of $241 million a year ago. The year-over-year improvement relates to tax-related interest and higher portfolio returns.

FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR

For the third quarter, the Financial Services sector earned a pre-tax profit of $448 million, compared with a pre-tax profit of $1.1 billion a year ago.

Ford Motor Credit Company: Ford Motor Credit Company reported net income of $262 million in the third quarter of 2006, down $315 million from net income of $577 million a year earlier. On a pre-tax basis from continuing operations, Ford Motor Credit earned $428 million in the third quarter, compared with $901 million in the previous year. The decrease in earnings was attributed to lower financing margins, higher depreciation expense and the impact of lower average receivable levels.

CASH AND LIQUIDITY

The company ended the quarter with total cash, including automotive cash, marketable securities, loaned securities and short-term Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) assets at Sept. 30, 2006 of $23.6 billion, unchanged from the end of the second quarter. The company's operating-related cash flow was $3.1 billion negative for the quarter. During the quarter, $3.0 billion was transferred out of long-term VEBA and is now included in total cash.

Don Leclair, executive vice president and chief financial officer said, "As we restructure our business we will continue to make investments in products necessary to ensure Ford's future success. Throughout this period, maintaining strong liquidity will continue to be a high priority."

[source: Ford Motor Company]

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Don Leclair, executive vice president and chief financial officer said, "As we restructure our business we will continue to make investments in products necessary to ensure Ford's future success. Throughout this period, maintaining strong liquidity will continue to be a high priority."

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So he's saying "we're gonna go through a few quarters bleeding cash and we're gonna sell whatever we have to sell in order to protect our cash position".

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But do you think that Ford can afford to sink money into this brand with the narrow customer base that it has?

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If Jag wasn't left to rot on the vine for so many years and given product that was less than desireable it would not be in the state it's in. Jaguar is a storied brand and with the right product, quality and marketing could stay with the pack.

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If Jag wasn't left to rot on the vine for so many years and given product that was less than desireable it would not be in the state it's in.  Jaguar is a storied brand and with the right product, quality and marketing could stay with the pack.

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They don't have any money to give it what it needs, so what do you do?

How about Lincoln-Mercury, can they shead some pounds in this dept.?

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is a big ouch enough to cover this news?!

obiously they need to get on the ball ASAP.... cuase who else would try to outsell pickups vs GM....and keep the mustang coming till the camaro and challenger come out in full force.

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Now is the time to buy an armload of Ford stock!

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Heh, I was thinking that myself.

Being 19, money doesn't exactly flow in large sums, but I think I'll put in a decent sum, because I do think Ford will have what it takes to someday get in the black.

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Heh, I was thinking that myself.

Being 19, money doesn't exactly flow in large sums, but I think I'll put in a decent sum, because I do think Ford will have what it takes to someday get in the black.

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Ford is today where GM was when their stock was $18.

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Ford is today where GM was when their stock was $18.

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Yep, I think Ford is where GM was at a year ago. I'm sure for the next six months we'll read article after article about how they are on the verge of bankruptcy...then the Edge will start selling well, the new Focus will be out, the refreshed 500/Montego will be out, F-150 on the way, Ford stock will slowly rise...and suddenly, the media will do an about-face.

I'll bet the farm that's what happens.

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fords not going anywhere. no matter how bad it gets they will not disappear like so many other great American compainies have in the past.

personal opinions and preferences aside, they are good enough to pull through as long as they get their $h! in order. the edge looks promising. the fusion/zephyr are in the right place at the right time, too.

too bad about the 500.

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