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Feb 16

Ford taps Canada-based Multimatic to build carbon fiber Ford GT

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Ford has given Canadian firm Multimatic the nod to build the carbon fiber body on the new Ford GT, "because they have specialized equipment for carbon fiber production and expertise in carbon fiber assembly." Multimatic Motorsports had worked on the Mustang FR500C race car and the current Boss 302R.

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Ford taps Canada-based Multimatic to build carbon fiber Ford GT originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aug 28

2015 Ford Mustang production starts in Flat Rock

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2015 Ford Mustang Production

Today's the day, Ford fans. Production has officially commenced on the sixth-generation 2015 Mustang at the company's Flat Rock, MI factory. As production ramps up, sales should kick off in the coming months.

The production news isn't just a big deal for American fans. With the new Mustang getting a bespoke right-hand-drive variant, the pony car's worldwide availability has swollen to include 120 different countries, including its home nation.

"Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon," Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said in a statement. "Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience - one unlike any other."

Ford's Flat Rock facility has built the Mustang since the fifth-generation car debuted in 2005. For the 2015 model, the facility was subject to a massive $555-million investment that saw it add a new flexible body shop among other enhancements. Alongside the Mustang, Ford also builds its Fusion sedan.

"What an honor it is for the hardworking and dedicated UAW Local 3000 workers of Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Mustang," Jimmy Settles, a UAW vice president, said. "I don't think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known. To build it right here in Michigan is something to be proud of."

Take a look below for the full press release from Ford, and then check out the gallery of the new Mustang rolling down the production line.

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2015 Ford Mustang production starts in Flat Rock originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dec 13

Ford to add 5,000 US jobs plus 3 plants and 23 vehicles globally

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16 of the 23 new launches will be for the North American market.

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for Ford Motor Company, as it's announced an onslaught of 23 new global product launches which will help create 5,000 new jobs in the US. As part of the new product push, three more manufacturing plants will be opened.

"Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world," Raj Nair, Ford's group vice president of global product development said. "We are investing even more through our One Ford plan to serve more customers, in more segments - and deliver profitable growth."

16 of the 23 new launches will be for the North American market and will include new products for long-suffering Lincoln. While we know about a few of these - Lincoln MKC, Ford Mustang, Transit and Transit Connect are named specifically - we don't have a full list of the new offerings (that's a cue for speculation to begin in Comments).

Those 5,000 new US employees, which will include 3,300 salary positions, will represent the company's biggest hiring push since 2000. The hiring surge will focus largely on product development experts, as well as manufacturing, quality and IT personnel. They'll be joined by 6,000, mostly hourly employees in China.

Two of the three new factories will be in China - an assembly plant and a transmission facility in Chongqing - while the other plant will be in the Camaçari Engine Plant in Brazil. "This is the fastest and most aggressive manufacturing expansion the company has undergone in 50 years," Ford's executive vice president of global manufacturing, John Fleming, said." The last time Ford was growing like this, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the US president."

We have an extensive press release on Ford's 2014 plans that you can view down below. As for what we asked above, of those 16 new US products and seven out-of-market additions, what are you expecting? Is there any segment you'd like to see Ford or Lincoln play in that they aren't currently part of? Have your say in Comments.

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Ford to add 5,000 US jobs plus 3 plants and 23 vehicles globally originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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