History of Ford

Ford Motor Company, known plainly as Ford, is an American multinational, dedicated to the manufacture of motor vehicles. It is one of the largest automotive manufacturers worldwide, and one of the 500 most powerful corporations around the world.

It is headquartered in the town of Dearborn, Michigan, United States.

Early Ford

It was founded in 1903 - with a capital of 28,000 dollars, by a group of twelve investors included John and Horace Dodge (who later founded their own car company) and above all Henry Ford, giving the name to the company.

In its first years of existence, a few cars were produced per day in Detroit factory. Little by little, grew up to become one of the largest and most robust of the developed world, being one of the companies that managed to survive the great depression of the 1930s.

Ford's first model: the Ford T

Ford's first model is considered the ancestor of all current cars: the legendary Ford T. It was released on 01 October 1908, built at the Piquette plant, although then the production moved to the Highland Park plant; greater capacity. The Ford T presented a large number of innovations. Had the steering wheel on the left, the engine and transmission were closed, the 4-cylinder engine were embedded in a solid block, and the suspension worked through two semi-elliptic springs.

This revolutionary car was easy to drive and to repair, while economic (initially had a price of $ 825 per coming down every year). In addition, Ford was a pioneer in the basic techniques of production line and mass production. Another historical milestone that marked was the development of simple, cheap and cars intended for the average family in the United States.UU, since before the cars were crafted and had a very high cost.

In case outside little, mark advertised massively to the T, and thanks to the dealers, the car was available in every corner of the country. As expected, sales were massive. In 1914, it reached 250,000 units sold. In 1916, with a price of 360 dollars for the basic version, it was (astronomical for those times) 472.000 units sold mark.

The total production of the Ford T, which continued until the end of 1927, was 15.007034 units, a record that stood for the next 45 years. The reduction of costs, thanks to Ford's important innovations in the production chain; It allowed to offer workers a salary quite greater than the average of the time, ensuring that the staff is satisfied and motivated.

Subsequent years

Even in peaceful times, Henry Ford had been against the war, before the second world war his company provided closely to the nazi Germany, and their trucks played a crucial role in the course of the armed conflict.

Initially, the first models sold outside the U.S..UU. they were simply versions of the yankee market vehicles, but later they were developing specific models for Europe. The first of these was the Ford and 8 HP.

Henry Ford, who had resumed control of the company after the death of his son Edsel. He died in 1947 by a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 83. His grandson mayor Henry II took over the management of Ford Motor Company.

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Ford also owns the brands Mercury and Lincoln, as well as having a small share of Mazda (Japanese) and Aston Martin (United Kingdom). The subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover were sold to Indian group Tata Motors in March 2008. Volvo also was a mark of ownership of Ford, but in 2010 it was sold to Geely Automobile.

To date, remains a family business, run by the descendants of the founder.

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Ford Cars Reviews

Ford Escort

Ford Escort

The Fort Escort was a small family car made between 1968 to 2002 by Ford of Britain and Ford Germany. There were many different small cars named as Escort by the Ford between 1981 and 2003 and were produced in North America.

Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit Connect is a compact van developed by European division – Ford. It was designed by Peter Horbury and introduced in the year 2002 to replace the older models of Fiesta and Escort based on the Courier van ranges. Transit Connect was imported to the North American market in the year 2010.

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is manufactured at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly where the Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ were also made. It uses the CD 3 platform. It was code named the CD338 for the first generation of cars which rolled out during 2006-2012.

Technical characteristics of Ford Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi 2007 109HP (80 kW) @ 4000 rpm 5.8 l/100km
2 Ford Edge AWD 2006 268HP (197 kW) @ 6250 rpm 8.1 l/100km
3 Ford Escort 1.4 L Escort Mark 4 1986 75HP (55 kW) @ 5600 rpm 8.1 l/100km
4 Ford Mustang GT 2001 263HP (193 kW) @ 5250 rpm 8.1 l/100km
5 Ford Gran Torino Hardtop 1972 251HP (185 kW) @ 5400 rpm n/a
6 Ford Prefect 105E 1959 39HP (29 kW) @ 5000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
7 Ford RS200 1985 243HP (179 kW) @ 6000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
8 Ford Granada Turnier 1979 91HP (67 kW) @ 5000 rpm 7.7 l/100km
9 Ford Fiesta S 1979 53HP (39 kW) @ 5700 rpm 8.1 l/100km
10 Ford Escort 1.3 1995 60HP (44 kW) @ 5000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
11 Ford Thunderbird 1975 227HP (167 kW) @ 4000 rpm n/a
12 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon 1968 152HP (111 kW) @ 4000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
13 Ford Pilot 1947 86HP (63 kW) @ 3500 rpm 8.1 l/100km
14 Ford Focus SVT 2002 172HP (126 kW) @ 7000 rpm 8.1 l/100km
15 Ford Falcon G6E Turbo FG 2008 367HP (269 kW) @ 5250 rpm 7.7 l/100km