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Ford Plans 23 New Cars, 11,000 New Jobs In 2014
Manufacturing Today ^ | Fri, 12/13/2013 - 7:54am | Dee-Ann Durbin

Posted on 12/13/2013 8:10:00 AM PST by robowombat

Get today's manufacturing headlines and news - Sign up now! DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said the company plans to hire 5,000 workers in the U.S. — including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers — and 6,000 workers in Asia. Many of those hires will work at two new plants that are opening in China.

This will be the most people Ford has hired in one year since 2000, the company said.

Hinrichs said 2014 will be the busiest product year in Ford's 111-year history, with 23 new vehicles being introduced around the world. Of those, 16 will be sold in the U.S., including a new Mustang sports car, Transit Connect van and Lincoln MKC small utility.

Ford has had some quality problems with vehicles launched in the last two years. The new Lincoln MKZ sedan was delayed in the spring to fix some quality issues, and Ford recently recalled its Escape SUV for the seventh time, this time to fix oil and fuel leaks.

Hinrichs said Ford has spent the last year improving its processes so those issues won't mar vehicle launches in 2014.

Hinrichs made the announcement at an event to introduce a new Ford research vehicle that's testing driverless technology. The car — a souped-up Fusion hybrid sedan — has four sensors, developed by the University of Michigan, that can track moving objects by the light reflected from them. It uses that data to make three-dimensional maps and tell the car if an object is in the way.

Raj Nair, head of global product development for Ford, said the car is unique because it integrates the sensor data with advanced features that are already offered today, including a collision warning system and blind-spot detection. Some other driverless cars being tested don't have those features, he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
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1 posted on 12/13/2013 8:10:00 AM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat

I’ll bet 90% will be in Asia.


2 posted on 12/13/2013 8:13:01 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: robowombat

Cars that most Americans haven’t enough money to buy. So they go further in debt.


3 posted on 12/13/2013 8:14:03 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Logical me
Cars that most Americans haven’t enough money to buy. So they go further in debt.

I don't think Ford has a realistic picture of the state of the average American's finances or the trendline for the future of those finances as the rest of ObamaCare rolls out.

4 posted on 12/13/2013 8:16:24 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: autumnraine

Sounds like they are planning to do the high-level stuff here and the nuts and bolts stuff in Asia.

In other words, if you’re currently flipping burgers at Mickey D’s, don’t get your hopes up about this.


5 posted on 12/13/2013 8:18:36 AM PST by upchuck (I can't stand people that don't know the difference between 'than' and 'then.' Their so stupid...)
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To: Logical me

When I was younger, guys lusted after Corvettes. Now that unattainable dream vehicle for me is a new F-150.


6 posted on 12/13/2013 8:19:00 AM PST by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Agreed. Most cars today (a point A to point B conveyance) cost more than my first house. Unbelievable.


7 posted on 12/13/2013 8:23:30 AM PST by upchuck (I can't stand people that don't know the difference between 'than' and 'then.' Their so stupid...)
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To: upchuck

You have to adjust for inflation. What year did you buy your house and how much was it?


8 posted on 12/13/2013 8:27:02 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: robowombat
"including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers"

Wow. That is like really cool.

9 posted on 12/13/2013 8:27:08 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: LurkingSince1943

I have a 2009 Focus that I like a lot. An F150 Might just be my next purchase. It’s nice to buy American. And they are damned good vehicles.


10 posted on 12/13/2013 8:28:18 AM PST by refermech
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To: upchuck

A loaded 2014 Shelby GT500 is around $65K.


11 posted on 12/13/2013 8:29:39 AM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: LurkingSince1943

My dream is to have a car less than 5 years old.


12 posted on 12/13/2013 8:30:52 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

I’ll go 10.


13 posted on 12/13/2013 8:35:13 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: sasquatch

My stable is 2004, 2003 and 2008. At least I am in the same decade.


14 posted on 12/13/2013 8:38:36 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

Cars do last longer I’ve started buying used you can find vehicles that are like new. I’m talking about 5 years old and older. If you buy a 3 year old certified pre owned, even better.

I’m driving a luxury suv for 18k seems almost new costs 50k new.


15 posted on 12/13/2013 8:39:10 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: robowombat

I buy used. I’m driving a $40,000 car I paid $12,000 for. It’s fine. I’ll ever buy GM or Chrysler new o used ever again.


16 posted on 12/13/2013 8:40:56 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: robowombat

It takes 11,000 union workers to make 11 cars? No wonder the imports are beatin’ the crap out of ‘em. lol


17 posted on 12/13/2013 8:55:24 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: muir_redwoods

“I’ll never buy GM or Chrysler new o used ever again.”

Before obama got his slimey claws on the domestic auto industry I had purchased 5 gm or gmc vehicles in a row and liked ‘em for the most part. Turned in my gmc pickup in 2009 for a Toyota and I never looked back.


18 posted on 12/13/2013 8:59:23 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: central_va

My stable:

1958 MGA
2001 BMW Z3
2007 Mazda 3 Hatchback (Daughter)
2014 Ford Focus - To replace the 2013 that was destroyed by a northern Minnesota white tail. (Son)


19 posted on 12/13/2013 9:03:46 AM PST by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: robowombat

I suspect all of these new models are in part to meet the new Obama cafe standards.

They started with replacing the V-8s with “special” V-6 engines. Everything is going to be smaller, lighter, with more gizmos, and requiring tight still tolerances.

I’m almost sorry I got rid of my ‘65 Chrysler 300 hardtop coupe. I’ll make sure we don’t lose the ‘94 Chevy Caprice station wagon.


20 posted on 12/13/2013 9:04:46 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Williams

We buy less than 1 yr old luxury cars and get fabulous deals on them. Bought my Jag that way and just recently purchased a Mercedes GLK with less than 8k miles on it the same way.


21 posted on 12/13/2013 9:21:06 AM PST by sheana
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To: sheana

Just bought the missus a Mini Cooper Clubman S... 5 years old with 14.5K on it. :) THAT was a bargain. The thing is a hoot to drive, too. Like brand new.


22 posted on 12/13/2013 9:22:41 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: SparkyBass

I love the mini cooper and actually like the new Fiats, sister in law has one. They would be great for just running around town.


23 posted on 12/13/2013 9:23:55 AM PST by sheana
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To: robowombat
I had to laugh when I heard this news on the radio this morning. The media is trying to spin this story that people are flush with cash because of a booming housing industry and an improving economy. What a joke, there are low paying poor quality jobs replacing good jobs . The auto industry is currently channel stuffing because they can't sell cars..
24 posted on 12/13/2013 9:56:32 AM PST by pterional
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To: robowombat
Ford has had some quality problems with vehicles launched in the last two years. The new Lincoln MKZ sedan was delayed in the spring to fix some quality issues, and Ford recently recalled its Escape SUV for the seventh time, this time to fix oil and fuel leaks.

Sounds serious. Hope they have a good plan to address these problems...

Hinrichs made the announcement at an event to introduce a new Ford research vehicle that's testing driverless technology. The car — a souped-up Fusion hybrid sedan — has four sensors, developed by the University of Michigan, that can track moving objects by the light reflected from them. It uses that data to make three-dimensional maps and tell the car if an object is in the way.

...and there we go! Electronic doodads that no one wants or needs. Way to tackle those core problems!

25 posted on 12/13/2013 10:59:39 AM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: robowombat

I will still never ever buy a goobermint motors car. Besides as a taxpayer they still owe me a couple for bailing them out. I hop the company goes bankrupt and goes out of business permanently. FGM


26 posted on 12/13/2013 11:41:22 AM PST by Organic Panic
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To: LurkingSince1943

That’s how we feel shopping for a family SUV.

8 years old and 100,000 miles is the new “affordable”.


27 posted on 12/13/2013 11:44:06 AM PST by Dexter Morgan (Everyone hides who they are.)
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To: SVTCobra03

I’d take one of those, but would prefer the 2013 Boss 302.


28 posted on 12/13/2013 11:45:00 AM PST by Dexter Morgan (Everyone hides who they are.)
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To: pterional

I’ve heard the channel stuffing argument for 3 years. But retail sales really are pretty solid, though certainly not at the level pre-crash. Of course that was when everybody was using their home equity as a credit card.

With the avg age of vehicles on road at an all time high, sales pretty much have to happen.


29 posted on 12/13/2013 11:56:33 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: robowombat

How can a person who had a $12000 deductible for his health insurance possibly afford a new car? I predict a new type of loan, financing to pay deductible and co-pays.


30 posted on 12/14/2013 8:51:11 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: Williams

Used vehicles today are a heckuva lot better than they were 25 years ago. Cars do last longer today.


31 posted on 12/14/2013 8:54:57 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: nascarnation
With the avg age of vehicles on road at an all time high, sales pretty much have to happen.

Why, are parts stores and mechanics closing up shop?

32 posted on 12/14/2013 9:01:33 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ops33
I predict a new type of loan, financing to pay deductible and co-pays.

That WAS the function of an HSA.

33 posted on 12/14/2013 9:03:00 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I think the death blow in a lot of cases is a $1500 repair on a car perceived to be worth $3000.


34 posted on 12/14/2013 6:21:58 PM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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