53 Facts About Ford Motor

1. In 2003, Ford Motor announced that competitive market conditions and technological and cost challenges would prevent the company from achieving this goal.

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2. Ford Motor will introduce to North America six of its European small vehicles, including two versions of the Ford Fiesta, by the end of 2012.

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3. In October 2017, Ford Motor announced its Team Edison battery-electric vehicle group to lead the company's renewed efforts into the EV market, in which it currently offers only the Focus subcompact and has plans for a small 300-mile SUV by 2020.

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4. Ford Motor has a pending trademark application on the "Model E" name, preventing the Tesla Model 3 in using the name.

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5. Ford Motor Focus Electric is based on the next generation Focus internal combustion vehicle, converted to an all-electric propulsion system as a production electric car by Magna International, and retail sales began in the US in December 2011.

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6. Ford Motor discontinued a line of electric Ranger pickup trucks and ordered them destroyed, though it reversed in January 2005, after environmentalist protest.

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7. In March 2009, Ford Motor launched hybrid versions of the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Mercury Milan Hybrid in the United States, both as 2010 models.

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8. In September 2007, Ford Motor announced a partnership with Southern California Edison to examine how plug-in hybrids will work with the electrical grid.

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9. Ford Motor has branched out into drifting with the introduction of the new model Mustang.

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10. In 2005 the Ford Motor Mustang FR500C took the championship in the Rolex Koni Challenge Series in its first year on the circuit.

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11. Ford Motor Mustang has arguably been Ford Motor's most successful sports car.

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12. Ford Motor won the 1968 International Championship for Makes with the GT40, which still stands today as one of the all-time greatest racing cars.

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13. Ford Motor has competed in rallycross with its Ford Motor Fiesta and Ford Focus.

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14. Ford Motor is the only manufacturer to score in the points for 92 consecutive races; since the 2002 season opener Monte Carlo Rally.

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15. Since the 1999 season, Ford Motor has used various versions of the Ford Focus WRC to much success.

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16. Ford Motor had last won a drivers' championship in the Cup Series with Joey Logano in 2018.

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17. Ford Motor is represented by the Mustang in the Monster Energy Cup Series, and the Xfinity Series and by the F-150 in the Camping World Truck Series.

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18. Ford Motor was heavily involved in Formula One for many years and supplied engines to a large number of teams from 1967 until 2004.

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19. Formula Ford Motor, conceived in the UK in 1966, is an entry-level type of formula racing with wingless single-seater cars.

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20. In 1986, Ford Motor expanded its tractor business when it purchased the Sperry-New Holland skid-steer loader and hay baler, hay tools and implement company from Sperry Corporation and formed Ford-New Holland which bought out Versatile tractors in 1988.

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21. In 1936, Ford Motor introduced the Ford Motor Transit Bus, a series of small transit buses with bodies built by a second party.

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22. Ford Motor had a minority share in the new company and Iveco took over sales and production of the Ford Cargo range.

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23. Ford Motor sold the United Kingdom-based Jaguar and Land Rover companies and brands to Tata Motors of India in March 2008.

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24. Ford Motor purchased Volvo Cars of Sweden in 1999, selling it to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group in 2010.

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25. In 1958, Ford Motor introduced the Edsel brand, but poor sales led to its discontinuation in 1960.

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26. Ford Motor had announced that their Geelong engine manufacturing plant would be shut down between 2013 and 2016.

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27. Ford Motor discontinued the Fairlane in 2007 and LTD in 2008.

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28. Ford Motor established a manufacturing facility in the port city of Yokohama in February 1925, where Model T vehicles were assembled using imported knock-down kits.

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29. Ford Motor decided to shut down their entire operations in Indonesia, including their dealer network by second half of 2016.

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30. Ford Motor now sells a local sedan version of the Fiesta, and the Focus.

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31. In 2004, Ford Motor sold 30,000 units in the region, falling far short of General Motors' 88,852 units and Nissan Motors' 75,000 units.

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32. Ford Motor established itself in Egypt in 1926 but faced an uphill battle during the 1950s due to the hostile nationalist business environment.

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33. Ford Motor began assembly of cars in Thailand in 1960, but withdrew from the country in 1976, and did not return until 1995 when it formed a joint venture with Mazda called Auto Alliance.

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34. Ford Motor formed its first passenger-vehicle joint venture in China in 2001, six years behind GM and more than a decade after VW.

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35. On October 24, 2012, Ford Motor announced that it would be closing its Genk assembly plant in eastern Belgium by the end of 2014.

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36. In 2008, Ford Motor acquired a majority stake in Automobile Craiova, Romania.

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37. Ford Motor produced the Thames range of commercial vehicles, although the use of this brand name was discontinued circa 1965.

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38. Development of European Ford Motor is broadly split between Dunton in Essex and Cologne (body, chassis, electrical, Focus, Mondeo) in Germany.

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39. In February 2002, Ford Motor ended car production in the UK.

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40. Ford Motor expects to move 2,500 of its employees, roughly 5 percent of its southeast Michigan workforce, to the campus with space for an additional 2,500 entrepreneurs, technology companies and partners related to Ford's expansion into Autos 2.0.

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41. Ford Motor began development on an urban campus in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit in 2017 with its purchase, renovation and occupation of The Factory building at Michigan and Rosa Parks.

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42. In May 2017, Ford Motor announced cuts to its global workforce amid efforts to address the company's declining share price and to improve profits.

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43. The Ford Motor Focus will now be manufactured in the existing plant in Mexico.

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44. On November 1, 2012, Ford Motor announced that CEO Alan Mulally will stay with the company until 2014.

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45. Ford Motor announced that it will team up with electricity supply company Southern California Edison to examine the future of plug-in hybrids in terms of how home and vehicle energy systems will work with the electrical grid.

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46. Ford Motor moved to introduce a range of new vehicles, including "Crossover SUVs" built on unibody car platforms, rather than more body-on-frame chassis.

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47. In 1990 and 1994 respectively, Ford Motor acquired Jaguar Cars and Aston Martin.

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48. In late 1955, Ford Motor established the Continental division as a separate luxury car division.

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49. In 1929, Ford Motor was contracted by the government of the Soviet Union to set up the Gorky Automobile Plant in Russia initially producing Ford Model A and AAs thereby playing an important role in the industrialisation of that country.

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50. Ford Motor launched the first low-priced car with a V8 engine in 1932.

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51. In 1908, Ford Motor introduced the mass-produced Model T, which totalled millions sold over nearly 20 years.

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52. In 2011, Ford Motor discontinued the Mercury brand, under which it had marketed entry-level luxury cars in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East since 1938.

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53. Ford Motor owned the Swedish automaker Volvo from 1999 to 2010.

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