Ford must be expecting the 2013 Fusion to be a hit when it arrives in showrooms this fall. As a way to make sure that demand won't outstrip production, Ford is investing $1.3 billion in its Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly facility. Hermosillo currently employs over 3,300 workers, and as part of its investment, Ford will be adding 1,000 new jobs in order to handle production of the 2013 Fusion and its Lincoln MKZ twin.

The Fusion, with its wide range of powertrains and exceptional fuel economy, has mainstream sedan-watchers eager for seat time, and the Lincoln MKZ will be a direct beneficiary of the work done on the Fusion. Ford isn't saying what its production capacity will be rising to after the upgrades are completed, but the company clearly wants to have enough available for every interested buyer. Scroll down for the official press release.

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Ford Invests $1.3 Billion (USD) in Producing Fuel-Efficient, High-Quality Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Midsize

Ford investing $1.3 billion (USD) in the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant, home of the all-new Fusion and Lincoln MKZ for North American customers, helping answer growing demand for midsize sedans
New investment to create 1,000 new direct jobs in the state of Sonora

New Fusion, which starts appearing in Ford showrooms across North America this fall, is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy across customers' choice of gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles; new Lincoln MKZ marks key milestone in Lincoln's reinvention

MEXICO CITY, March 30, 2012 – Ford today announced a $1.3 billion (USD) investment in its Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant, creating 1,000 jobs locally and all-new Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ lineups for a growing number of North American customers buying midsize sedans.

"Ford is making a significant investment in this facility and a significant commitment to the employees here while also transforming our vehicle lineup for customers throughout North America," said Mark Fields, president of The Americas at an announcement today with key government officials including President of Mexico Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. "The midsize sedan market is significant, growing and one of the most competitive in the industry. With our all-new Fusion and Lincoln MKZ lineups, we have the fuel economy, quality, technology and vehicle choices to win customers like never before."

Ford's investment is helping transform the stamping and assembly plant, known for its high-quality production, bringing 1,000 new direct jobs in the state of Sonora.

"Working together with national and state government officials, Ford has been able to make our vision a reality, helping deliver new jobs and even greater levels of competitiveness for the company," said Gabriel López, chief executive officer and general director Ford of Mexico.

Ford's latest investment caps 87years of manufacturing in Mexico and is in addition to $3 billion invested in Mexico during the past decade. In addition to Fusion, which has been built in Hermosillo since 2005 and sold more than 1.1 million models, Ford started building Fiestas at its Cuautitlán plant in 2008. The company also builds diesel engines for small and medium trucks in Chihuahua as well as transmissions through a joint venture with Getrag (GTF).

New Fusion lineup
Fusion also offers an unprecedented portfolio of driver assistance and convenience technologies to help drivers maintain proper lane position, adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions, identify suitable parking spaces and help park, even aiding drivers backing out of parking space where visibility is obstructed.

All-new Lincoln MKZ
The all-new Lincoln MKZ marks an important milestone in Lincoln's reinvention and is one of seven new or significantly upgraded products by 2015.


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      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone know the dollar-equivalent hourly rate for a worker in Mexico? Just curious.
      tompaq
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fusion will also be built in Flat Rock, Michigan. It will take the place of the Mazda6 production that is being discontinued.
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      So GM brings cars and trucks home back but Ford invest in slave labor in Mexico and Mullaly collects 30 million ? Brilliant!!!!!
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @darkness
        You do realize the Fusion is one of only three models that is made outside of America (yet still within North America ala NAFTA). Fiesta and Edge being the other two. Some Fusions will also be assembled in the Flat Rock, MI plant where the Mazda 6 used to be assembled (before they moved it back to Japan).
          The_Zachalope
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          You forgot about the Flex (Oakville, Ontario) and the Transit Connect (Kocaeli, Turkey), but it's still a low turnover number.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          True, I forgot about the Flex, I thought that was built alongside the Taurus becaus it shares a platform but you're right. And the Transit Connect is sent over from Turkey but now that it has been a proven success Ford has definite plans to move production stateside by 2013.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Si, muy bueno Ford. Can't wait to try out their new Synco D'Mayo system.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you Mister Mulally, now we know where your 30 million came from. Could you punch us in the gut one more time Mister Mulally, the last time felt soooooo patriotic my flag ran up and down the pole.
      JESSE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to like the car but the Aston Martin resemblance offends me. The beauty of AM should not be reduced to a domestic car...it's not proper. So because of that huge grill rip off I cannot accept this car at all.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JESSE
        Kind of like Chrysler did with the 300 (Bentlish)? People were PO'd about that too and they still sold like crazy. Doubt many people will agree with your choice. Besides, AM kind of owes Ford one for keeping them alive.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      For a post-industrialization nation, I rather see jobs go to Mexico then the asian nations.
        Lars
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Not disagreeing necessarily, but please explain.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lars
          Well NAFTA has made it easy for beneficial trade to occur between the USA, Canada, and Mexico. We buy their goods and they buy ours. Asian nations have long been known for exporting boatloads of goods to America yet the import very little of what we produce and often place unfair tariffs and restrictions on our goods.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      It'd be funny if eventually Mexico was flooded with Mexican immigrants from North of the Border.
      plarson79
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just don't find this car all that attractive. The front end is nothing special..the rear looks like a Focus..
      Austin Too
      • 2 Years Ago
      A couple of comments: 1. I suspect the $1.3 billion is the total expenditures to put the new Fusion and MKZ in Ford's Hermosillo plant. In other words, most of the money is already spent. Since the Fusion and MKZ are already produced in Hermosillo, it makes sense to put the new cars there. 2. The Fusion and MKZ are all new. The platform is a switch from a Mazda 6- base to a Ford worldwide platform. This means a significant expenditure in the plant, plus two sets of stamping dies because the MKZ has a totally unique exterior. 3. Hermosillo has consistently been one of Ford's best quality plants and has enabled the Fusion to top Japanese competitors in reliability. 4. As others have mentioned, Ford is also investing $550 million in Michigan to add additional capacity. 5. Funny how some complain about Mexico, but don't have any complaints about Canada, Japan, Korea, or Germany.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like this car but I sure hope Ford don't use this as the new Lincoln MKZ. They must design and build the new MKZ from a clean sheet in order to compete with the worlds best.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        Google 2013 Lincoln MKZ and read up before making out of the blue comments please.
        john m
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        From what I've read it WILL be based on the same platform but the MKZ will NOT share any external sheetmetal with the Fusion. I don't know about the interior though. I would imagine it'll also share NO parts with the Fusion. There will naturally be some basic similarities. The nav screen, door handles, pwr window switches and vents may be in the same locations but I would imagine they'll look different. I think I'm going to like the car myself although I may still NOT like the grill. Personnally I'm planning on purchasing the Fusion though.
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