Jost Capito, Ford's Head of Performance Vehicles, Decamps for VW
Yet another talented star departs Ford's firmament.
Capito’s predecessor, John Coletti, was considered even more of a maverick, and had as many detractors as he had fans amongst the management ranks. Coletti left in 2004. His last project, the epic Ford GT sports car, launched in 2004, and after that the division churned out only a few lackluster products. A Shelby GT500 arrived in 2006, but its ponderous size and weight kept it an also-ran until the Capito Era began.
Soon after Capito arrived, the GT500 became a real contender, and we’re just a few months away from a new 200-mph, 650-hp GT500 also created under his watch. That’s two dynamo bosses, two strong independent streaks, and one stretch of dull cars between them. We hope we’re not in for another dry spell.
Personnel changes aren't usually fodder for this blogWell they should be, because these managers are the root cause of all the insane, incompetent decisions regarding which models make it to North American market.
I could not care less about the latest gizmo inside of some nondescript Ford or GM vehicle, but I very much care and want to know what goes on behind closed doors in boardrooms in Detroit! And even more importantly, I want to know WHO and WHY. Why is investigative auto journalism considered a second class citizen?
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