American carmaker Ford celebrates the starting of the production version of its fuel-efficient Escape. The model will be built in Louisville Assembly Plant and for this process the carmaker managed to create 1.800 jobs and will also add another 1.300 to a third shift this fall. Actually the company invested $600 million to transform the Louisville Assembly from a plant that produces body-on-frame SUVs into a facility that builds the most fuel efficient SUVs with automatic transmissions from America.
The new improved Plant is capable of building up to six different vehicles at the same time. This actually turns it into the most flexible plant Ford has in the US. The Blue Oval did a lot of other things as well. For example, it installed new tooling and improved equipment in the final assembly area and body shop including 1.000 robots and 20 mile of conveyors more. This Plant is actually the third Ford Plant in the US to retool from producing traditional body-on-frame trucks and SUV to fuel-efficient vehicles from global platforms. It is also one of 11 Ford facilities in the US participating in the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program implemented by the Obama administration and initiated by Congress. The new Ford Escape will be offered with a choice of two EcoBoost engines, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and also a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. The Ecape is the first of the new line of compact SUVs to be built on the global C-car platform developed by Ford. Exactly the same vehicles will be built and sold in Europe and China. Total Ford donations to Louisville-area nonprofits made since 2000 have reached $8 million. More information o the new Ford Escape will be available soon so stay tuned.
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