Ford is celebrating its 350 millionth vehicle. That is an impressive number, spanning back 109 years. The lucky 350 millionth vehicle happens to be a 2013 Ford Focus, which, appropriately enough, is the world's best-selling car for the first six months of this year.

The Focus in question has been built at Ford's Rayong, Thailand plant, the automaker's newest production facility. The Blue Oval invested $450 million into opening the complex in May to produce the Focus, a globally sold vehicle.

In acknowledging its milestone, Ford has released some other fun numbers to sift through. With all of its global production facilities, those 350 million vehicles produced average out to 8,797 units a day – 367 vehicles every hour, or one new car every 10 seconds. See, right there? Ford probably built a new car in the time it took you to read that last sentence or two.

Take a look at the press release below to read all about this impressive milestone for the originator in automobile mass production.
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Focus Marks Milestones as World's Top-Selling Car and Ford's 350 Millionth Vehicle Produced in 109-Year History

Ford Focus is best-selling car model in the world for the first half of 2012


New Focus built today in Thailand marks milestone as 350 millionth vehicle produced in Ford Motor Company's 109-year history

Customers around the world are benefiting from One Ford plan, which is creating the industry's freshest lineup with a full family of vehicles offering leading quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value

RAYONG, Thailand, Aug. 31, 2012 – Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today celebrates the company's 350 millionth vehicle – a Ford Focus, which is the world's best-selling car for the first half of 2012.

Ford is celebrating the production milestone at its newest global manufacturing facility located in Rayong, Thailand, approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) plant is a $450 million facility, opened in May to produce the new Focus, which also is built in four other countries. FTM 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.

"Producing 350 million vehicles is equivalent to producing one vehicle every 10 seconds for our 109-year history. If placed end to end, the vehicles would stretch to the moon and back – twice," said John Fleming, Ford executive vice president of global manufacturing. "Producing this vehicle in Thailand also is significant. 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."

In addition to the manufacturing milestone, for the first six months of this year, Focus became the best-selling single car nameplate in the world, based on global data from IHS Automotive.

According to IHS Automotive, the Ford Focus sold 489,616 units in the first half of this year. The nearest competitor, Toyota Corolla, sold 462,187.

"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 a winner on so many levels because it successfully provides customers with what they want most – a safe, smart, fuel-efficient, good-looking, fun-to-drive, affordable car."

From Henry Ford to One Ford
Since the company was founded in 1903, Ford has led the industry with innovations such as the Model T, which helped foster the world's love for affordable mobility. In its first half century as a company, Ford grew alongside the driving public, producing its 50 millionth vehicle – a 1959 Ford Galaxie – in slightly more than 50 years and generating legions of loyal Ford owners along the way.

In the five decades since, Ford has produced more than 300 million additional vehicles.

"Today, in the spirit of Henry Ford's innovative drive, the One Ford plan is transforming modern-day Ford to compete everywhere in the world with a full family of global vehicles that offer leading quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value," said Fleming.

As part of the One Ford plan, the company also is executing a One Manufacturing plan for lean, flexible production. It includes standardizing best practices, increasing production in growing markets and accelerating new vehicle introductions on fewer global platforms, which delivers the vehicles consumers want with quality, efficiency and profitability afforded by global scale.

By next year, Ford will build more than 85 percent of vehicle volume off nine core platforms. Also, in the next four years, Ford plans to have the freshest global vehicle lineup – with the entire product portfolio expected to be upgraded at least one time.


Asia Pacific leads the way
Asia Pacific is leading the way for growth as part of Ford's One Ford plan to serve customers in all markets.

With $6.7 billion invested in the region since 2006, Ford is investing heavily and expanding aggressively to meet the needs of consumers here, who are expected to generate 60 percent of the industry's future growth through 2020. Ford's key investments and growth initiatives in Asia

Pacific Africa include:

Launching nine new plants – six in China, two in India and one in Thailand – with the capacity to produce 2.9 million vehicles by mid-decade
Bringing more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to market by mid-decade, including 15 vehicles to China by 2015, eight vehicles to India by 2015, eight vehicles to ASEAN and four vehicles to Taiwan
Having 95 percent of the region's volume on global platforms by mid-decade


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      johnjeanlech
      • 2 Years Ago
      Go Ford, Retired Ford worker,1990
      m2j3k1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Focus is a good car. Drove my 03 ZX3 to 200+ thousand. Good little cars. No government bailout for Ford.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        delsolo1
        • 2 Years Ago
        Maybe Ford should had the C Max
        TPGIII
        • 2 Years Ago
        I doubt Ford cares that much, but Ford also has many derivatives of the Focus, like the new Escape/Kuga and C-Max/Grand C-Max. I don't know what the total numbers are worldwide, but it is still possible to be ahead of all variations of the Corolla.
        Kevin
        • 2 Years Ago
        Car company's should compete more based on who makes the best car in the world and less on who makes the best-selling car in the world.
          Kevin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kevin
          "companies* (late night)
      prideventures
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where are the people to complain that this was done in another country. Ooops I see them now LOL
      vashster
      • 2 Years Ago
      350th millionth?
        LiveandLetDrive
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vashster
        "350th millionth?" ... Seriously, how many ways can they get this wrong. The banner has "th" as superscript... why? Millionth is a word.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ttanner225
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congratulations to Ford for succeeding without a huge government bailout.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay for fleet sales. You may lose money on them but they make for great press releases!
      manxcalico
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank you Ford for not spending your 450 million in the US and for not creating jobs here in the US. And thank you for turning your back on the American people who made your company what it is today. And thanks for rubbing salt in the wound with this press release. Shame on you.
        Denver
        • 2 Years Ago
        @manxcalico
        You really are an idiot. It would not be smart to spend that money here in the U.S. to sell a car in Asia, so to keep costs down they built a plant there. The Focus sold here in the U.S. is made here in the U.S.
          jodaddyat2195
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Denver
          You are the idiot. It will not be long before ford ships the cars to the U.S.
          Sox05
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Denver
          No you're the idiot jodaddyat2195.
        Jack Rock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @manxcalico
        What a sore thumb. They are doing great capturing the international market.
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cant wait to see how a certain anti Ford blooger deals with THIS tragic news....
        That Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Who would that be Dean? I know you're probably upset at all of the bad Ford news today... 1. Ford stold fuel injection tech 2. Ford is the ONLY Detroit automaker that owes the US Gov. money 3. The Fusion (that looks like a Chinese ripoff of an Aston Martin), is NOT at the top of it's class for fuel economy...in fact, the fuel economy figures are pretty bad for a company that said ther were going to be number one See Left Lane News for all of these juicy stories. And the fleet comment is completely valid....hell, 38% of all Fusions go to fleet sales. Man it's been a tough couple of weeks for Ford...all of the news today in addition to the many publications pointing out how fundamentally flawed and broken MyFord Touchy is.....
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          1.) Find a big company that hasn't had a patent infringement lawsuit in the past five years (see Samsung and Apple for a big-ticket case, and there are hundreds of smaller ones that don't make the news, my friend is a lawyer for HTC) 2.) The GM still has a huge outstanding liability to the Government in the form of stock (the Government owns about 1/3 of GM) and if the Government were to sell those shares right now they'd be at a huge loss for bailing out GM. Ford's DOE loans of which you speak were obtained legally (just like other automakers that were deemed feasable at the time [bankrupt GM didn't make the cut]) and only served to help Ford advance on vehicles like their upcoming C-Max and current Focus Electric. 3.) The Fusion (that shares a similar horizontal line grille with Aston Martin (the company that was ressurected by Ford) is NOT at the top of *its* class, it's number two. In a segment with almost 10 vehicles, coming in second is nothing to be ashamed of, especially while having a more powerful car with a traditional (non mind-numbing) CVT like the Altima. And your life must be pretty miserable if you consider a 5.3% margin of difference in fuel economy to be "pretty bad". 4.) Mid-size American cars (much like full-size American SUVs) are always popular fleet cars because they are purchased in big numbers by government agencies (there are at least 4 where I work as well as two Focuses and a bunch of Suburbans). Without the fleet percentage of other mid-size American sedans (or at least a break down of how many of those 38% go to bad fleet buyers, a.k.a. rentals) that 38% statistic is useless. But don't let a bit of intelligent analysis get in your way of happily being a moron, troll on.
          ngiotta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          I don't know if it's been said yet, but you should never go full retard. Seriously. All of your straw-man arguments aside, your completely asinine comments are getting old. Quit coming here to troll. You don't like Ford. You cannot spell. You married your 1st cousin. We get it. Don't buy a Ford. Quit wasting everyone's bandwidth with your useless opinions.
          vince
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Who cares. Nothing from your pointless diatribe would deter one from considering one of Ford's new line of vehicles. Frankly, I think they are, for the most part, heading in the right direction. And, for the record, I find the hatchback Focus a standout design.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
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        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        By saying that Ford sold 350 Million vehicles to fleet customers... see above ^ lol
      George Spalding
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's right buy a FORD from a company that has spent BILLIONS to build factories in OTHER countries instead of in the country that made it RICH in the first place. Giving jobs to thousands overseas instead of creating jobs for AMERICANS who are starving. I would NEVER buy a Ford again from these TRAITORS.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @George Spalding
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      eeverettm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bought a FORD and got a lemon, and people around me were shaking their heads wondering why did I buy anything FORD in the first place. Acronym for FORD: Find On Road Destroyed!
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