MELBOURNE -- Ford Motor Co. of Australia Ltd. predicts 2002 to be a boom year after unexpectedly strong December sales and a promising January. Ford Australia President Geoff Polites says in a published report that the strong end-of-year performance helped the auto maker’s bottom line. "December was a bit stronger than we expected, and it now looks like our result will be a smaller loss than we initially expected," he says. Polites expects the company to break even, despite the cost of ...

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