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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.

A bitingly cold wind is sweeping through the Motor City this day, but the bigger chill continues to be the rapidly increasing number of idle plants from Detroit's automakers. As part of a previously-announced bid to trim first-quarter output by nearly 38%, Ford now says it will shut down ten North American factories the week of January 5. Unlike Chrysler's planned one month downtime (where they eerily won't commit to start dates), the Blue Oval has confirmed plans to re-light the fires in eight

One of the highlights of the redesigned Ford Fusion that will debut in less than two weeks is the new hybrid model. The new Fusions, along with the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ, will start production in December shortly after the LA Auto Show at Ford's Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant. In spite of that, it won't be readily available just yet. Unfortunately, it appears that people hoping to snap up one of the 38 mpg mid-sized sedans may have to wait awhile because there are too many of the curr

Last Friday Ford supplier Collins & Aikman Corp. halted shipments to the Blue Oval's Hermosillo plant in Mexico over a price dispute. The cut in supply forced the plant to go idle for one shift, which resulted in Ford losing 400 units of the popular Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ. Collins & Aikman supplies Ford with complete interiors for these vehicles, and the dispute was over a price increase the supplier was trying to obtain from the embattled automaker.

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