Ford is a public limited company founded by Henry Ford.
The key people associated with the success of Ford Motors are Henry Ford — Founder, William Clay Ford — Junior Chairman, and Alan Mulally — President and CEO.
The former UK subsidiaries of Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover, were sold to Tata Motors in 2008.
Ford Motors employs around 245,000 employees at around 100 plants and facilities established around the world.
Ford Mustang was the first Ford’s car that made its debut in a James Bond movie ‘Goldfinger’ in September 1964.
Ford Motors reported its largest annual loss in 2006. In the company’s history the first red ink marked a loss of 12.7 billion dollars.
Ford also carries the winner’s crown for producing the only American car ever to win overall at LeMans. In 1960 the famous Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times.
It is believed that in the year 1914, Ford produced around 300,000 cars with only 13,000 employees. On the other hand, other car manufacturers could produce only 280,000 vehicles with 66,350 employees.
Ford produced the world’s first people’s car Model T in 1908 at Ford’s Piquette Ave. Plant.
In 1910 the production of Model T was shifted to Ford’s Highland Park Assembly Plant, also known as the ‘Crystal Palace’ because of the vast expanse of windows.
The Model T was introduced on Oct. 1, 1908 with a four-cylinder engine that generated 20-horsepower and reached a top speed of about 72 km/h.
The Model T came in nine body styles but all on the same chassis.
Ford Model T had many nicknames out of which “Lizzie” was the most popular nickname.
Henry Ford called the Model T “the universal car” because it was a low-cost, reliable car that could be easily maintained and could successfully maneuver on the poor roads of that era.
The Model T was produced with a low price of around Rs 46,000. In the later years the price of the car was further reduced and for some time the Model T was also sold at a price of around Rs 13,000. This low price was attributed to the fact that Henry passed on the production savings to the customers.
The 2 millionth Model T was produced on June 14th 1917.
In the year 1919 Ford introduced an electric starter for the Model T so that the car owners could easily drive the car without any need to crank the engine to start it.
The 5 millionth Model T was produced on 28th May, 1921 and on June 4th, 1924 the 10 millionth Model T was rolled out of the production facility.
The 10 millionth car was driven by the famous Ford racing driver Frank Kulick from New York to San Francisco on the Lincoln Highway.
In 1909 the Model T stood first in the New York to Seattle race giving an average of 12.4 km/h.
It is believed that more than 15,000,000 Model T’s were built and sold.
After about 19 years of production Ford Model T marked a formal ending at a modest ceremony held on May 26th 1927.
On December 18th, 1999 the Ford Model T was named “Car of the Century” by a panel of 133 automotive journalists and experts.
In the year 2003, 43 vintage Model T were showcased to highlight the 100th anniversary of the Ford Motor Company.
Ford’s 2010 Fusion Hybrid is the first hybrid sedan
The hybrid was evolved from Ford’s first generation system developed for the Escape. It uses a more powerful 2.5-liter that generates 155 bhp of power output.
156 horsepower four-cylinder engine and a 106 horsepower electric traction motor to drive the front wheels.
Ford Escort was a small family car made by Ford from 1967 to 2003.
Ford Fiesta is one of the highest selling cars from Ford Motors with almost ten million cars sold since 1976.
Ford Mustang is a legendary sports car introduced by Ford in 1964. The car is still under production with its fifth generation in the market.