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Ford

Business Description

Ford Motor began a manufacturing revolution with its mass production assembly lines in the early 1900s. Now the company is firmly entrenched in the status quo as one of the world's largest makers of cars and trucks. It makes vehicles with such brands as Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury. Among its biggest successes are the redesigned Ford Mustang and F-Series pickup. Ford owns a 33% stake in Mazda and also controls the Land Rover, Jaguar, and Volvo nameplates. Finance subsidiary Ford Motor Credit is the US's #1 auto finance company. Ford has sold Hertz, the world's #1 car-rental firm. The Ford family owns about 40% of the company's voting stock.

Dell

Business Description
The name Dell may be synonymous with "direct," but the computer giant has a more diverse approach to the market these days. The world's #1 direct-sale computer vendor provides a broad range of computer products for the consumer and enterprise markets. In addition to a full line of desktop and notebook PCs, Dell offers network servers, workstations, storage systems, printers, projectors, and Ethernet switches. The company also markets third-party software and peripherals. Dell's growing services unit provides systems integration, support, and training. The company announced plans to begin selling through retail stores in 2007.