Gabriel Lopez, the new president of Ford in Mexico is blaming crime cartelâ€™s love for his companyâ€™s vehicles for a slump in sales. “The (sale) of big pick-ups for personal use has fallen because of insecurity. It is the only segment that has,” said Lopez.
Members of local drug cartels are commonly stealing trucks like the Ford Lobo to use in attacks against rival cartels and law enforcement. Drivers of Loboâ€™s are often victims of vehicle profiling; being stopped by local soldiers and security forces under suspicion they are criminals or getting themselves killed after being mistaken for hit men from another gang.
Weâ€™re got a solution to the problem though. Stop naming the trucks after vicious animals and go for a new theme.Â How many drug dealers want to be seen riding around in a Ford Pansy or a Dodge Unicorn?