Ford to invest $1.3 billion in its stamping and assembly plant in northern Mexico

Article by Christian A., on April 1, 2012

Ford Motor Co.’s plan to launch redesigned mid-sized sedans is made possible by the company’s investment of $1.3 billion in its stamping and assembly plant in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo. This move also leads to the creation of a thousand jobs. Ford makes the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ mid-sized sedans at the Hermosillo facility.

The revamp for the Fusion and MKZ is intended for the 2013 model year. During an event with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Mexico City, Mark Fields, Ford's president for the Americas, said that this investment enables the plant to make the all-new Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ lineups, aiding in meeting the consumer demand.

Calderon believes that this investment would aid Mexico to grow up n the list of world's top auto exporters. The plant, which opened in 1986, already employs around 2,700 in his staff. In a statement sent by Ford (which is currently the No. 2 U.S. automaker), Calderon said that a the new investment will be on top of $3 billion invested in Mexico over the past decade. Ford will also build the new Fusion found at a plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

New Fusion is said to be the best when it comes to fuel economy, hybrid and plug-in hybrid sub-segments – all attributed to the dedication and commitment of Ford to be the world’s leader in fuel efficiency. Ford Fusion offers a wide selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car category. The car offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, automatic start stop system which automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stationary for some time, an aspirated four-cylinder engine, a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, plus front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications. Potential customers can also choose between the manual and automatic shifted six-speed transmissions.

The fuel efficiency is 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway when equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, which is considered to be the best in class. The performance option offered by the new Fusion consists of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a paddle-shifted six speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive that gives you the ability to send more torque to the rear, as well as the 19-inch wheels and tires.

Fusion Hybrid – the North American Car of the Year for 2010- is dedicated to giving you only the best. It continues to evolve and innovate as seen in its all-new lithium-ion batteries that help to generate more power than the previous nickel-metal hydride batteries. Its weight has been reduced and it also offers a faster top speed under the electric-only mode. From 47 mpg, now it has gone up to 62 mpg.

The previous model has a 2.5-liter unit while the new model is powered by a downsized 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine. Nothing to worry though as it still maintains its performance standards. The innovative powertrain is also said to deliver the best-in-class fuel economy of 44 mpg on the highway and 47 mpg in city driving.

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