The Ford Motor Company says 2014 will be its busiest year ever.
The company will hire 5,000 workers in the United States next year on the heels of a record setting 2013.
“We saw unprecedented growth in the United States this year, especially in the midsize and utility segments,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “With the addition of 16 new products to our showroom, including Ford Mustang, our momentum continues.”
Ford says most of these American jobs will be white-collar staff including engineers. This is the largest hiring spree for Ford since 2000.
“Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford global product development. “We are investing even more through our One Ford plan to serve more customers, in more segments – and deliver profitable growth.”
Between Ford and Lincoln, the Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce 16 new vehicles in North America in 2014. On the Ford nameplate, these new launches include the Ford Mustang, Ford Transit Connect and Ford Transit. This comes off the heels of a busy past few years that saw all-new redesigns for the Ford Fusion, Ford Focus and Ford Escape.
Under the hood, Ford is launching two new EcoBoost engines in the new year. The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and award winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine are coming to a dealership near you. The EcoBoost engine receives and EPA estimated 45 mpg highway, which would make it the most fuel efficient non-hybrid for sale today.
Ford announced that fuel efficient technology such as Auto Start-Stop technology, will be offered on more models in the new year. This feature is currently offered on the Ford Fusion, but expands to cover 70 percent of North America’s volume.
Ford also is expanding its technology offerings, including new driver-assist features such as perpendicular park. These build on Ford’s current leadership in driver-assist technologies, which today include:
- Active park assist, which can ease the stress of parallel parking by using sensors and the steering system to guide a vehicle into a parking spot; the driver controls the gas and brake pedals. It is available on 12 Ford models today
- Lane-Keeping System, which uses a forward-facing camera that can scan the road surface for lane markings. The system can evaluate if the vehicle is drifting out of its lane and then alert the driver by vibrating the steering wheel. If the driver does not respond to the vibrations, the system provides steering torque to nudge the vehicle back toward the center of the lane. The system is available on 11 Ford models today
- Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, which uses radar to detect moving vehicles immediately ahead, and can modify cruising speed if necessary. The feature is available on 10 Ford models today
- Blind Spot Information System, which uses radar sensors in the rear corners that monitor the spaces next to and just behind the vehicle. On the road, these sensors trigger a warning light in the mirror when there is another vehicle in the driver’s blind spot. BLIS® is available on 13 Ford models today
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