Ford: 23 new models and new plants in China and Brazil
Ford is preparing a world offensive. The U.S. carmaker has announced that it plans to add 5,000 U.S. jobs in 2014, to launch 23 new vehicles globally and to open two plants in Asia Pacific and one in South America, with a focus on China and Brazil. Of the 23 new products, 16 will be concentrated in North America and they include the Ford Mustang, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Transit and Lincoln MKC.
According to Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of the Americas, the debut of new cars will help to further consolidate the already excellent results achieved in the U.S. this year.
In detail, Ford will invest 1.1 billion dollars in the newly retooled Kansas City Assembly Plant where in the second quarter of 2014 it will begin the production of Transit models, and where Ford will add more than 2,000 jobs to support the high demand of the F-150 pick-up, bestseller for years in the country.
The launch of new models will also expand Ford production capacity worldwide. In 2014 Ford will open three new plants. First is the Changan Ford Assembly Plant (the third in joint venture with the Chinese company), the Changan Transmission Plant in Chongqing, and the Camacari Engine Plant in Brazil.
“This is the fastest and most aggressive manufacturing expansion the company has undergone in 50 years - said John Fleming, Executive Vice President of Ford global manufacturing. “The last time Ford was growing like this, the U.S. President was
Dwight D. Eisenhower”.