I'm not saying that this was an "ambush" or that Mr. Maloney wasn't aware, on some level, of what Swedespeed is. I just didn't get the feeling that he really cared about what some stupid message board nerds thought. It may very well be that Mr. Maloney's job is to do whatever it is that Mr. Jacoby says to do and say whatever Mr. Jacoby tells him to say. That could very well make one a bit robotic sounding like that part where he refused to open the pod doors...................... It all just read like the he was talking to his secretary's 5th grade son who was doing a report for school. The absence of vocal and facial variation does make it harder and I'll take our intrepid webmaster's word that there really was some enthusiasm in the room.
As for the assertion that Mr. Maloney is bad news simply because of his Ford career, I won't go that far. The press Bio does seem to indicate that he is, in his personal life, a Volvo fan and owner. I'm sensing more that he has not been given permission to speek freely. Still, Ford's last few years haven't been all that bad. They have acted like a car company that really gets where they went wrong and is on the right path forward. All this without either Emenem, Clint Eastwood or magically appearing gospel singers
You know who I'd really like to hear from is Doug Speck. It would be very interesting to know how he views VCNA from the other side of the pond as well as get his take on the North American Product Decisions.