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Ford Fusion loses 25% of its weight in Lightweight Concept version

Posted by admin on June 13th, 2014 in Category Auto Industry (no responses)

Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a new lightweight concept sedan, containing technology destined for use across the automaker’s lineup. A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years, and now it is becoming a reality. Ford, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program, has built six Lightweight Concepts.

The Ford Lightweight Concept is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi.

This Fusion lost about 800 pounds from stock. It now weighs in at around 2,600 pounds—as light as the Ford Fiesta of which it shares its lightweight, 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine. 30% of the weight savings came from the suspension alone, while 35% came from the interior and the glass.

But the lightweight effort comes at a cost, particularly in the case of Ford’s popular pickup. Ford has spent huge sums of money developing the aluminum replacement parts, and the systems for assembling them, without knowing whether consumers will embrace a lighter truck.

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Ford Hires Thousands for Production of New Van

Posted by admin on May 14th, 2014 in Category Auto Industry (no responses)

Ford is poised to exceed its commitment to hire 12,000 people by the end of 2015.

“There is a high probability we will surpass that number,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said in an interview.

Hinrichs is at Ford’s retooled Kansas City plant, at Claycomo, Mo., today where almost 5,000 employees have started assembly of the 2015 Ford Transit that is being built and sold in the U.S. for the first time. The workforce includes an additional 2,000 employees, most of them new hires, to add a third crew to the plant.

Ford has invested $1.1 billion to add production of the full-size commercial van now and to prepare for production of the 2015 F-150 full-size pickup next year.

In 2014 alone, Ford will hire nearly 5,000 hourly and salaried employees in the U.S. to support overall growth. It’s possible this number will grow, depending on demand for the products.

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