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Ford produces its 350-millionth vehicle

Ford has achieved a major milestone in its history, having just produced its 350-millionth vehicle. And it was a 2013 Focus that allowed the American giant to pass this impressive mark.

Founded in 1903 by Henry Ford, this US car maker has just assembled its 350-millionth vehicle, 109 years after the company was formed. As John Fleming, vice president of global manufacturing says, it’s an impressive achievement: " Consider, for a moment, the enormity of 350 million vehicles. It’s equivalent to producing one vehicle every 10 seconds for 109 years; and, if placed end to end, would stretch to the moon and back—twice! ". What’s more, the 350-millionth vehicle was a Ford Focus that came off the production line in Rayong, Thailand. Ford had invested 450 billion dollars to open this facility last May to produce the Focus, a global model.

Since the start of 2012, the 3rd-generation Ford Focus has been the best-selling vehicle in the world, with over 500,000 of them leaving dealer forecourts in just seven months—522,821 to be precise. In fact, Ford had already set a record last year with 860,000 Focus sales that year. It overtook its rivals Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf in the first seven months of the year. First marketed in 1998, it was voted " Car of the Year " in 1999, and its 3rd-generation incarnation was launched in 2011. Its 14-year career saw 10 million of the models sold, proving that " global " was the right strategy.

Having won the " 2012 Engine of the Year " award for its new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost block, Ford continues its success story in 2012. And calmly taking 350 million vehicles in its stride is pretty impressive, if you ask me.

By Brian Oudart - autoExpert.ca

 

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