Ford Motor Co. is set to hire 7,000 new employees in the U.S. by 2012, company executives said during the carmaker’s press conference at the Detroit auto show.
And in the next three years, Ford will add 10 vehicles off its compact car platform for global markets. Ford CEO Alan Mulally said that Ford will deliver its “most aggressive product plan ever” in the next few years.
When Mulally became a part of Ford in 2006, he imposed a cost-cutting plan that called for cutting thousands of hourly and salaried jobs.
In 2011, Ford will add 750 salaried jobs and 4,000 manufacturing jobs and in 2012, another 2,500 manufacturing jobs will be created. Bill Ford, Ford's chairman, said the creation of jobs indicates that the company is “on the way back” and also that it is well positioned.
He said that the 10 vehicles that Ford will offer on its compact car platform include the Focus sedan and Focus 5-door meant for the U.S., as well as the Focus wagon for sale in Europe.
In 2012, Ford will release the Focus ST performance version and the Focus Electric in the U.S. This will then be followed by the 5-seat C-Max minivan in Europe, the 7-seat C-Max minivan for the U.S., the C-Max Hybrid, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, and a small SUV to replace the Escape in the U.S. and the Kuga in Europe.
According to Derrick Kuzak, group vice of global product development, the 7-seat C-Max will be priced in the mid-$20,000 range. [via autonews - sub. required]