Car prices will fall further, driven by huge supply chain savings resulting from
e-commerce, according to Ford.

Andy Egglestone, the VP responsible for e-business strategy at Ford, set out
his company’s vision of the near future at Automotive News Europe’s e-business
conference at Strasbourg today (30/11/00).

Costs will be be squeezed right through the supply chain, with the customer
driving the industry in the build-to-order model.

B2B trading is already growing rapidly, with Ford conducting 65 online supplier
auctions in 2000. Egglestone said that these auctions on commodity products
like gear knobs saved Ford $US48 million in 2000. Exponential growth for online
purchasing is predicted.

Ford is also looking to break further into providing ‘lifestyle’ services to
consumers and move away from the production centric model of the traditional
manufacturer.

The savings derived from e-commerce are expected to drive car prices further
down, especially in Europe.