Where Are Ford Vehicles Made?by Rob Wagner
The Detroit-based Ford Motor Co. manufactures cars, trucks and auto parts in factories throughout the world. It also operates plants that assemble Mazdas, Volvos and Isuzus. Vehicles built outside the United States are often branded with separate names although the models are otherwise the same. The Vehicle Identification Number of each produced car features a code letter indicating which plant the vehicle originated.
In North America, Ford manufacturing is found in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Canada, although other states are home to some parts assembly plants.
Ford's Fiesta is built in Bahia, Brazil. European versions of the Fiesta are assembled in Cologne, Germany. And the Cuautilan plant in Izcalli, Mexico, builds Fiestas for the Central American market.
The Taurus, Sable and Lincoln are built in Chicago, while many of Ford's engines are assembled in Brook Park, Ohio, with one Dearborn, Michigan, plant dedicated solely to auto parts.
In North America, Ranger and F-series trucks are built in Oakville, Ontario; Dearborn, Michigan; Claycomo, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; St. Paul., Minnesota; and Edison, New Jersey. Trucks also are built in Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, Argentina and England.
The number of Ford plants dropped from 22 in 1997 to 21 in 2003, while annual vehicle production dropped by about 1.5 million cars from 1997 to 2003. Nearly 14,000 workers lost their jobs during that six-year period.
In 2006, Ford announced it will cull 20 percent of its workforce because of poor sales, and close 14 plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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