Ford‘s investment in new vehicle production continues in 2011 as the Blue Oval has set aside some $400 million to build a new vehicle at its Kansas City assembly plant. When production of the Ford Escape is moved to its Louisville, Kentucky, factory Ford will have room in the Kansas City plant for another line. “This investment and promise of a new vehicle to be built in Kansas City reinforces Ford’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing and American jobs,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Ford is committed to doing everything it takes to work with its partners, including the United Auto Workers, to remain competitive.” Ford expects it will be able to keep the existing 3750 jobs at the plant, which first opened in 1951. Currently, the plant makes the Escape as well as the Ford F-150 (pictured above). In the past, the Kansas City plant has produced vehicles like the Falcon, Fairlane, Tempo, and Contour. Our best guess is that the new C-Max will be built there. What do you think Ford is preparing for the plant with its $400 million investment? Source: Automotive News (Subscription required), Ford
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