The improved results follow a significant restructuring in the company's business worldwide. Trotman, commenting on Ford's European operations, said: 'We've worked hard to broaden our strong product line-up and reduce costs, but the market in Europe remains tough for everyone. Assuming economic stability continues, we're on track to improve our results in Europe for the full year, but we know more actions will be needed to achieve our long term objectives.'
A Ford of Britain spokesman added: 'We are doing everything we can to remain as competitive as possible and maintaining our market share and increasing it in some markets. We have some serious issues to discuss on costs and we will do everything we can to reduce our costs.'