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
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.