The Ford Motor Firm ended truck production at its Michigan Truck Plant on November twenty sixth in a bid to start off switching from making trucks to creating cars at the Wayne, Michigan plant. Ford opened the plant in 1957 as the Wayne Station Wagon Plant. For the duration of its more than fifty decades of procedure, it has developed F-Collection trucks, the Ford Bronco, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
Starting in early 2010 the truck plant will start off creating small, gas effective cars for the North American market. These cars are section of a Ford strategy to boost production of some of the most gas effective cars offered in the environment when lessening its dependency on large trucks and sport/utility vehicles.
“Ford is dedicated to delivering a balanced solution lineup for our consumers,” claimed Joe Hinrichs, group vice president, Global Production and Labor Affairs. “The conversion of Michigan Truck Plant represents one more step in our transformation strategy to fulfill market demand from customers for lesser, more gas-effective vehicles.”
Output of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator will now be moved to the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky., with production of the massive SUVs slated to start off there in the second quarter of 2009.
“This wonderful workforce developed quality vehicles up to the quite past 1 they constructed,” claimed
Mike Torolski, plant supervisor. “We now are focused on our following phase – changing the truck plant to a car plant to start off creating world-wide C-car centered vehicles in 2010.”
Michigan Truck is 1 of three truck and SUV plants in North America that will be transformed to build small gas-effective compact and subcompact vehicles. The conversion of Cuautitlan (Mexico) Assembly, which at this time creates F-Collection pickups, is underway to prepare for production of the new Fiesta subcompact car in 2010. Louisville Assembly, property of the Ford Explorer mid-size SUV, is slated to start out production of yet more one of a kind small vehicles from the automakers world-wide C-car system the subsequent calendar year.
At the moment, the Ford Motor Firm is in talks with the US Congress in a bid to safe funding. The automaker suggests that they have sufficient hard cash on hand to see the organization via 2009, but help from the federal federal government would support the organization to achieve the money needed to entire its transition to making a fleet of lesser, a lot more gas effective cars.
(Supply: Ford Motor Firm)