Ford plans 23 new cars, 11,000 new jobs in 2014

Ford Motor Co. says it will hire more than 11,000 people in the U.S. and Asia next year to support an aggressive rollout of new vehicles.
AP Wire
Dec 13, 2013

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said the company plans to hire 5,000 workers in the U.S. — including 3,300 white-collar staff like engineers — and 6,000 workers in Asia. Many of those hires will work at two new plants that are opening in China.

This will be the most people Ford has hired in one year since 2000, the company said.

Hinrichs said 2014 will be the busiest product year in Ford's 111-year history, with 23 new vehicles being introduced around the world. Of those, 16 will be sold in the U.S., including a new Mustang sports car, Transit Connect van and Lincoln MKC small utility.

Ford has had some quality problems with vehicles launched in the last two years. The new Lincoln MKZ sedan was delayed in the spring to fix some quality issues, and Ford recently recalled its Escape SUV for the seventh time, this time to fix oil and fuel leaks.

Hinrichs said Ford has spent the last year improving its processes so those issues won't mar vehicle launches in 2014.

Hinrichs made the announcement at an event to introduce a new Ford research vehicle that's testing driverless technology. The car — a souped-up Fusion hybrid sedan — has four sensors, developed by the University of Michigan, that can track moving objects by the light reflected from them. It uses that data to make three-dimensional maps and tell the car if an object is in the way.

Raj Nair, head of global product development for Ford, said the car is unique because it integrates the sensor data with advanced features that are already offered today, including a collision warning system and blind-spot detection. Some other driverless cars being tested don't have those features, he said.

Comments

MeanSmith

This is just great. Lets give the Chinese people jobs while the people of Michigan (Detroit) are struggling for jobs. This is the reason America is where it is at today. We would rather outsource jobs (TO CHINA of all places) for cheap labor than take care our own so the owners can have more money in their pockets. I am ashamed to be an American. Land of the free and the home of the greedy.

MeanSmith

Way to go Ford. Just adding to the downfall of America. I'm moving to Australia.

MeanSmith

China is going to take the U.S. down. They are sitting there right now laughing at us.

MeanSmith

I will now boycott Ford, and China.

MeanSmith

Hey, I have a great idea. Lets give jobs to a country that wants us off of the face of the earth! Great idea Ford!! I will help with that cause and buy a brand new 2015 Ford Mustang made in China!!

Lanivan

Although I sympathize with your angst, I should mention that most all car companies - US and globally - are building plants in China, and employing Chinese workers. China is one big roiling market for cars - especially expensive hybrids - think profits!! The problem: While the Chinese middle class is growing in leaps and bounds, they are getting more Westernized, and want more stuff, make more money, want better jobs with benefits and working conditions.....so the cost differential between American and Chinese-produced goods may just start to narrow.

So then the auto companies will return to the US and build more plants here!

LessThanAmused

Yup, everything is a circle. Right now they're experiencing, in spades, the pollution that comes with rampant, non-controlled, manufacturing. Futher proof that no one ever learns from anyone else's mistakes. Guess that's why history keeps repeating itself too.

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