To ensure flawless launches of key ’05 models, Ford Motor Co. is prepared to shoulder high initial costs and work to reduce them after the fact. Ford’s production costs for ’05 vehicles, such as the Five Hundred, will need to be cut following launch. It’s a strategy the auto maker employed for the Ford F-150 pickup, and it appears it will also apply to key new vehicles being launched this year including the Ford Five Hundred sedan, Freestyle cross/utility vehicle and Mustang ...

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