Friday, July 3, 2015

Do you know what is FoMoCo stand for?

Having a peace of Mazda CX-7 cylinder head gasket on hand, initially I just wish to check on how many layer (MLS) on this cylinder head gasket compare with other Mazda LF engine for Mazda 6 or Mazda CX-5 and so on.

After found out that CX-7 cylinder head gasket have 4 layers compare to other model that have only 2 layers, I found a wording of "FoMoCo" stamp on the cylinder head gasket, so I just google around to check what "FoMoCo" mean.

"FoMoCo" is basically stand for "Ford Motor Company", under the "Ford" content in Wikipedia site, which have a long introduction for the company, but under the "FoMoCo" word, I only can found a sentence like this,

Automotive components

Ford's FoMoCo parts division sells aftermarket parts under the Motorcraft brand name. It has spun off its parts division under the name Visteon.

And my search continue for the Motorcraft and Visteon.

The Ford Motor Company launched this auto parts division in 1972 to provide replacement parts and original equipment parts. This brand replaced Autolite as Ford's official parts brand. Autolite is still a brand name in use today, but is currently owned by FRAM. Motorcraft was originally launched in the 1950s with very little success, and was discontinued when Ford purchased the Autolite trade name. Ford was forced to sell Autolite by the Federal Trade Commission. The government found Ford had violated antitrust laws.

Today parts are designed and engineered to fit for installation on LincolnMercury, and Ford vehicles. Some parts, such as Motorcraft's extensive list of oil filter applications, fit a wide variety of makes/models not built by Ford Motor Company.
Motorcraft products are sold through Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships, as well as select auto parts stores.
Many times, Ford will approach a contract manufacturer of a particular product (many times a supplier to the company already) and work with them to create a version for sale under the Motorcraft name. These products must meet quality standards set by the Ford Motor Company to be considered for retail sale. Other brands such as Mazda use motorcraft products in vehicles which both partner when producing. Although Motorcraft can only be contacted through the Ford website, Motorcraft parts and products can sometimes be used on other non-Ford vehicles.

Visteon Corporation (VC) is an American global automotive parts supply company spun off from the Ford Motor Company in 2000. Visteon is composed of multiple businesses that design, engineer, and manufacture systems for various clients, including BMW, Daimler, Ford, and General Motors.

Visteon is to the Ford Motor Company as Delphi is to General Motors and Denso is to Toyota. In 2013, Visteon had 7.439 billon dollars in sales with six billion in total assets and 24,000 employees operating worldwide.[2] Since its independence from Ford, Visteon has set a corporate goal of expanding business with other companies, and now has substantial relationships with General Motors, Chrysler, and several Asian manufacturers including Nissan and Hyundai. Visteon's market share, market and revenue has changed substantially since it formed. A majority of revenue (80+%) came from North America, driven by its relationship with Ford Motor Company. Today, its revenue comes predominately from Asia, North America, and Europe. In 2005, Visteon moved to new headquarters in Van Buren Township, Michigan.

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