23 Facts About Ford

1. In October 2017, Ford 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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2. Ford 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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3. In March 2009, Ford 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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4. In September 2007, Ford announced a partnership with Southern California Edison to examine how plug-in hybrids will work with the electrical grid.

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5. In 2007, Ford added a victory in the GT4 European Championship.

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

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

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8. In 1986, Ford 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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9. In 1936, Ford introduced the Ford Transit Bus, a series of small transit buses with bodies built by a second party.

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

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11. In 2004, Ford 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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12. On October 24, 2012, Ford announced that it would be closing its Genk assembly plant in eastern Belgium by the end of 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21. In 1929, Ford 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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22. In 1908, Ford introduced the mass-produced Model T, which totalled millions sold over nearly 20 years.

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23. In 2011, Ford 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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