Ford builds 350-millionth new vehicle

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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After 109 years of producing cars, trucks and SUVs, Ford Motor Company has built its 350-millionth new vehicle.

Appropriately, the popular 2013 Focus was the car that achieved the milestone. Not only is the Focus the blue-oval brand's best-selling vehicle globally, but with 489,616 units sold in the last six months it has also become the best-selling car in the world for the first half of this year.

"Embracing its performance, value, versatility and fuel economy, the Focus is attracting many new customers to the Ford brand for the very first time, particularly in Asia where we are growing every day," said Jim Farley, Ford's group vice president for global marketing, sales and service.

The Focus is truly a global car, the record-setting model produced at Ford's Rayong, Thailand plant, which is about 200 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. This is the Dearborn-based automaker's newest production facility, having opened in May of this year after a $450 million USD investment. The new assembly plant "represents the latest in Ford's global manufacturing capabilities, with new stamping presses, flexible body shops and robotic capabilities that enable it to produce up to six different vehicles simultaneously," says a Ford press release.

"Producing this vehicle in Thailand also is significant," said John Fleming, Ford executive vice president of global manufacturing. "It underscores the power of our One Ford plan to deliver profitable growth with great products built in ultra-flexible and efficient facilities everywhere around the world."

So how many cars do you have to build a minute to achieve 350 million per 109 years?

"Producing 350 million vehicles is equivalent to producing one vehicle every 10 seconds for our 109-year history," said Fleming. Incidentally, that's about 6 cars every minute, 367 per hour, and 8,797 units each and every day. What's more, "If placed end to end, the vehicles would stretch to the moon and back – twice," added Fleming.
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Topics: Hatchback, Ford, 2013, Focus,

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