Ford’s 350 millionth vehicle, a red Focus sedan, rolled off the line at Ford’s newest manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand.
“Producing 350 million vehicles is equivalent to producing one vehicle every 10 seconds for our 109-year history. If placed end to end, the vehicles would stretch to the moon and back – twice,” said John Fleming, Ford executive vice president of global manufacturing. “Producing this vehicle in Thailand also is significant. It underscores the power of our One Ford plan to deliver profitable growth with great products built in ultra-flexible and efficient facilities everywhere around the world.”
The $450 million Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) plant opened in May to produce the new Focus, which also is built in four other countries. FTM showcases Ford’s state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities, with new stamping presses, flexible body shops and robotic capabilities that enable it to produce up to six different vehicles simultaneously.
Ford is also celebrating the Focus becoming the world’s best-selling car for the first half of 2012, surpassing the Toyota Corolla. According to IHS Automotive, the Focus had 489,616 sales from January to June compared to 462,187 for the Corolla.