Detroit gets a bit of good news for a change.

Ford, in it's first nine months of the year has posted $1.8-billion profit, a $10.6-million dollar improvement from the 12 months previous. From the Detroit Free Press:

Even the company’s long-struggling North American division reported a pretax operating profit of $357 million — its first profitable quarter since the first quarter of 2005. The company improved its cash position by $2.8 billion, ending the quarter with $23.8 billion in cash.

What’s more, Ford said it “expects to be solidly profitable in 2011,” excluding special onetime charges, “with positive operating-related cash flow.”

Ford said a strong customer response to its new cars and trucks, cost reductions and improved results at its financing arm, Ford Motor Credit Co., contributed to the result.

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Straight up, Detroit needed this.