DETROIT – Ford Motor Co.’s decision to rescind its profitability promise for 2009 is a response to unprecedented structural change occurring in the U.S. automotive market, CEO Alan Mulally says. As gasoline prices have risen above $3.50 a gallon, Ford executives have seen a sudden and dramatic shift away from large trucks and SUVs, vehicles that historically have accounted for the bulk of the auto maker’s profits, Mulally says. “As the (fuel) prices went up, every month the projected ...

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