Ford has announced ambitious plans to add around 5,000 jobs next year, open two plants in Asia Pacific and one in South America, and to launch 23 new models around the world.
Ford has announced ambitious plans to add around 5,000 jobs next year, open two plants in Asia Pacific and one in South America, and to launch 23 new models around the world. Out of the 23 new models, 16 will launch in North America and include models like the new Mustang, Lincoln MKC and Ford Transit.
Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world,” said Raj Nair, group vice president for Ford global product development.
Production of the all-new Transit will begin in the second quarter of 2014 at Ford’s Kansas City plant. Ford also plans to add 2,000 jobs at the Kansas City plant to support production of the F-150 and Transit family. The new plants in Asia and South America will allow help Ford’s growth. Next year Ford plans to open the Changan Ford Assembly Plant and Changan Transmission Plant in Chongqing, China, in addition to 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, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the U.S. president.”