Motor Co. will launch 23 new vehicles worldwide in 2014, which
will require additional staffing in the United States and the
construction of manufacturing plants abroad.
Expanded platforms and
production also will increase demand for additional raw
materials, including steel, aluminum sheet, cast aluminum,
copper and brass, and magnesium.
"We are embarking on
our most ambitious global launch year ever," Raj Nair, group
vice president for global product development, said in a
Ford will launch 16
new vehicles in North America, including the Ford Mustang, Ford
Transit Connect, Ford Transit and Lincoln MKC, about three
times as many vehicle launches as it did in 2013.
"We saw unprecedented
growth in the United States this year, especially in the
midsize and utility segments," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford
president of the Americas.
Production of the
Transit will begin during the second quarter at Fords
retooled Kansas City assembly plant, where Ford is investing
$1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility to support
demand for the Ford F-150 pickup truck as well as the Transit
family of commercial vehicles. F-series sales were up 20
percent through November and Ford expects 2013 sales of
F-series trucks to total more than 730,000.
Next year, Ford
expects to open its Changan Ford assembly plant No. 3 and the
Changan transmission plant in Chongqing, China, as well as the
Camaçari engine plant in Brazil. The new Chongqing
assembly plant will increase Fords Chinese production
capacity by 300,000 vehicles.