Ford Motor Company celebrates 93 years of manufacturing operations in Mexico with an electrified future in sight. This is why the Dearborn, Michigan company is getting ready to produce its first full-electric vehicle at the Cuautitlan assembly plant in the State of Mexico, scheduled to start in 2020.
"Since our arrival in the country in 1925, we have been characterized for transforming the local industry. We were the first to manufacture hybrid cars here," said the company in a statement in reference to the Ford Fusion sedan and the Lincoln MKZ premium car it builds in Hermosillo, Sonora.
Following this dynamic, Ford has adopted a "blank sheet" approach to the design, development and manufacture of electrified units. "This work is a key element for our new conception of fitness. As part of this, we are converting our plant in Cuautitlan for the assembly of our first electric vehicle for global customers."
This approach to research and development, in which a group of 1,500 Mexican engineers are involved, has made Ford of Mexico the second largest source of patents for the country, with a legacy that includes both technology and mobility innovations.
Currently, Ford de Mexico employs 8,700 people who make significant progress in the country's automotive industry, from the assembly plants in Hermosillo and Cuautitlan, as well as the recently inaugurated transmission plant in Guanajuato, and the engine plant in Chihuahua, which this year will open its third production facility.