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Ford Historic Dates & Events

Historic Dates and Events 1863 - 1963

Year Date Event/Milestone
1863 July 30 Henry Ford born on a Springwells Township farm, near Dearborn, Michigan.
1896 June 4 Henry Ford completes his first car, the Quadricycle, in a shed behind his home at 58 Bagley Ave., Detroit, and takes it for a drive in the middle of the night.
1903 June 16 Henry Ford and 11 investors sign the Articles of incorporation for his car company. The cars would be built in a converted wagon factory on Mack Avenue in Detroit.
1903 June 17 Articles of incorporation for the formation of the Ford Motor Company are filed with the State of Michigan in Lansing.
1903 July 20 Ford Motor Company sells its first car, a Model A, to a Detroit physician.
1904 Aug. 17 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., receives its Provincial Charter to do business in Walkerville, Ontario, near Windsor.
1906 Oct. 22 Henry Ford succeeds John Gray as company president; acquires majority of stock.
1908 Oct. 1 Ford introduces the Model T (destined to be one of the world's most popular cars).
1908 Oct. 1 First overseas sales branch opens in Paris, France.
1909 Oct. 1 Sales company opens in London, England.
1911 Oct. 1 Ford opens assembly plant in Manchester, England, its first outside North America.
1913 Sept. 25 Contract signed to sell Model T in China.
1913 Oct. 1 Contracts signed to sell Model T in Indonesia, Siam and Dutch East Indies.
1913 Oct. 7 World's first moving automobile assembly line begins operation at Ford's Highland Park (Michigan) Plant.
1913 Dec. 31 Sales operations begin in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
1914 Jan. 5 $5 pay for eight-hour day announced at Model T Plant in Highland Park (replacing $2.34 for nine hours); attracts thousands of job applicants.
1915 Dec. 10 One-millionth Ford car built.
1916 June 1 Ford establishes Automobiles Ford (France) and announces plans to build an assembly plant in Bordeaux.
1917 July 27 Ford introduces its first truck, the Model TT.
1917 Sept. 4 Henry Ford II born to Eleanor and Edsel Ford.
1917 Oct. 8 Fordson, world's first mass-produced tractor, begins production in Dearborn.
1918 Jan. 4 Construction of massive Rouge automotive manufacturing complex begins.
1919 Jan. 1 Edsel Ford succeeds Henry Ford as company president.
1919 July 9 Present-day Ford Motor Company incorporated in Delaware.
1922 Jan. 30 Ford of Belgium founded in Antwerp.
1922 Feb. 4 Ford buys Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million.
1923 Jan. 27 Ford Italiana Spa established, with an assembly plant in Trieste.
1924 June 4 Ten-millionth Ford car built.
1924 Aug. 5 First public tours of Rouge facilities.
1925 Feb. 17 Ford Japan formed; vehicles to be built from imported components.
1925 Mar. 14 Birth of William Clay Ford.
1925 Aug. 18 Ford Motor Co. Aktiengesellschaft is founded in Berlin for the import of cars and tractors.
1926 Sept. 28 Sales branch opens in Alexandria, Egypt.
1926   Parts depot and assembly operation set up in Berlin. Eight days later, the first Model T assembled in Germany comes off the lines.
1927 Feb. 10 First radio-range guidance of Tri-Motor plane.
1927 May 26 Henry and Edsel Ford drive 15-millionth Model T off assembly line at Highland Park, officially ending Model T production. Production in England ends on Aug. 19; in Ireland on Dec. 31. Total world production of Model T: 15,458,781.
1927 Oct. 27 Production of new Model A begins at Rouge Assembly Plant.
1927 Dec. 2 New Model A introduced in North America.
1928 Dec. 7 Ford of Britain (Ford Motor Company Ltd.) formed to centralize Ford activities in Europe.
1929 Oct. 21 Henry Ford and Thomas Edison dedicate the Edison Institute in Dearborn, Michigan, on the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the electric light.
1930 Oct. 2 Henry Ford lays the foundation stone for the Cologne plant on a 68-acre site in the Niehl district.
1931 April 14 Ford builds its 20-millionth car.
1931 April 15 Ford closes Berlin plant.
1931 Oct. 1 Production begins at Ford's Dagenham, England, plant, Europe's largest factory.
1932 Feb. 19 Ford launches its first car designed specifically for Europe, the Model Y, starting in England.
1932 Mar. 9 Ford builds its first V-8 vehicle.
1933 June 7 Last of 199 Ford Tri-Motor planes built.
1933 June 12 Edison Institute (now called Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village) opens to the public in Dearborn.
1936 Jan. 17 Henry and Edsel Ford establish Ford Foundation, fund it with company stock.
1936 May 16 Ford Rotunda opens in Dearborn. Built for 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair, took 18 mos. To dismantle and rebuild as visitor center.
1937 Jan. 18 Ford builds its 25-millionth car.
1938 Oct. 6 Mercury line introduced by Ford.
1938   A car is built at Cologne every three minutes. The plant operates at full capacity.
1939 April 30 N.Y. World's Fair opens; Ford Exposition building gives visitors a ride on the "Road of Tomorrow."
1939 Oct. 3 Lincoln Continental introduced.
1941 Mar. 1 Ford builds first general purpose (G.P., or "jeep") vehicle for U.S. military at Rouge Plant.
1941 June 20 UAW-CIO & Ford agree to first closed-shop contract.
1942 Feb. 1 World War II halts civilian car output; Ford shifts to total military production.
1943 May 26 Edsel Ford dies at age 49.
1943 June 1 Henry Ford re-elected company president.
1944 Jan. 22 Henry Ford II elected vice president.
1944 April 10 Henry Ford II elected executive vice president.
1945 June 28 Last B-24 Liberator bomber built at Willow Run Plant. (Ford built 8,600 bombers, 278,000 jeeps and 57,000 aircraft engines.)
1945 July 3 Ford resumes production of civilian vehicles.
1945 Sept. 21 Henry Ford II named company president.
1945 Oct. 22 Lincoln-Mercury Division is established. With the war over, Mercury is slowly resuming production with 1942 models. By year's end, Mercury production total is 2,848 vehicles.
1946 July 1 Ernest Breech named vice president of the company.
1947 April 7 Henry Ford dies at age 83 at Fair Lane, his estate in Dearborn.
1948 Jan. 30 Benson Ford elected a company vice president and general manager of Lincoln-Mercury Division.
1948 April 26 Production begins on 1949-model Ford, first new postwar design.
1948 June 3 William Clay Ford elected a director.
1949   A special version of the Taunus and a so-called rapid truck are launched.
1950   The export of German Ford vehicles is resumed.
1950 August One-millionth Mercury, one of 293,658 automobiles manufactured by the division this year, rolls off the line.
1950 Sept. 7 Cost-of-living salary adjustment (COLA) plan for hourly and salaried employees announced.
1951   Ford produces its first cars with Ford-made automatic transmissions; the Merc-O-Matic is offered in the Mercury Monterey. The division manufactures a total of 310,387 cars for the year, but material limitations due to the Korean War begin to affect production.
1951   In Frankfurt, Ford takes part in the first International Motor Show (IAA) since the war.
1952 Aug. 31 Henry Ford Trade School closes after 35 years.
1952 Oct. 9 William Clay Ford named general manager of Special Products Operations.
1953 May 7 Ford Archives dedicated at Fair Lane (former Henry Ford Estate).
1953 May 20 Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower via closed-circuit television from the White House.
1953 June 16 Ford Rotunda, closed to the public during World War II, reopens for the company's 50th anniversary.
1953 Sept. 29 Groundbreaking ceremony for the 12-story World Headquarters building in Dearborn.
1954 Oct. 22 Ford introduces Thunderbird.
1955 Jan. 25 Ernest Breech elected board chairman.
1955 April 15 Separate Lincoln and Mercury divisions established; Special Products Operations becomes a division.
1955 June 8 Ford adopts Supplemental Employment Benefits (SUB) program.
1955 Oct. 4 Continental Mark II introduced.
1956 Jan. 17 Sale of Ford common stock begins.
1956   Ford buys a planned plant site in Wulfrath, Germany.
1956 Feb. 1 Savings & Stock Investment Program (SSIP) initiated for all eligible salaried employees.
1956 Sept. 26 New Central Office Building dedicated at Michigan Avenue and Southfield Roads, in Dearborn; later renamed Ford World Headquarters; in 1996, HQ and Ford Credit complex renamed Henry Ford II World Center.
1957 Aug. 31 Lincoln and Mercury divisions recombined.
1957 Sept. 4 Public introduction of Edsel, new medium-priced car.
1958 January Mercury, Lincoln and Edsel divisions are joined to form M-E-L (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) Division.
1959 April 29 Fifty-millionth vehicle built.
1959 Aug. 24 Ford Motor Credit Company formed.
1959 Nov. 19 Ford announces it will discontinue Edsel car line. Lincoln-Mercury Division is re-formed.
1960 Mar. 17 Ford introduces Mercury Comet, first upscale compact car.
1960 July 13 Ernest Breech resigns as board chairman, is succeeded by Henry Ford II, who also remains president.
1960 Sept. 29 Ford Econoline series, including van, pickup and station wagon bus, introduced.
1960 Nov. 9 Robert McNamara elected company president.
1960 Dec. 12 President John F. Kennedy names Robert McNamara as secretary of defense; McNamara resigns as Ford president.
1961 Jan. 1 Henry Ford II resumes duties as company president.
1961 April 12 John Dykstra elected company president.
1961 April 18 Ford Parts Division formed (MOTORCRAFT).
1961 Oct. 3 UAW calls first company-wide strike against Ford (ends Oct. 20 with a three-year contract).
1961 Oct. 12 Ford Fairlane introduced.
1961 Dec. 11 Ford acquires Philco Corporation.
1962 July 2 Thirty-millionth V-8 engine produced.
1962 Nov. 9 Fire destroys Ford Rotunda. (Total visitor attendance since opening in Dearborn in 1936: 18,019,340.)
1963 Jan. 7 Sixty-millionth vehicle produced.
1963 May 1 Arjay Miller elected company president.

Historic Dates and Events 1964 - 1984

Year Date Event/Milestone
1964   A new body plant for the Taunus 20M becomes operational in Cologne.
1964 April 17 Ford Mustang introduced.
1964 April 22 Ford exhibit, featuring Walt Disney's Magic Skyway Ride, opens at New York World's Fair.
1965 May 25 Mission Control Center in Houston, designed and largely equipped by Ford's Philco subsidiary, is announced.
1965 May 30 Lotus-Ford racer wins Indianapolis 500.
1966 Mar. 2 One-millionth Mustang built in less than two years from start of production.
1966 Sept. 30 Mercury Cougar introduced as "America's first luxury/sports car at a popular price." Motor Trend names Cougar the 1967 Car of the Year.
1967 Mar. 8 Ford dedicates new Automotive Safety Research Center and Service Research Center.
1967 June 14 Ford of Europe established to coordinate development manufacture and sale of cars and trucks in Europe and Africa.
1967 May 3 Seventy-millionth U.S.-built vehicle produced.
1967 Sept. 6 UAW launches company-wide strike (ends Oct. 22).
1968 Feb. 6 Semon Knudsen elected company president; Arjay Miller becomes vice chairman of the board.
1968 Mar. 25 One-millionth Lincoln Continental built.
1968 April 5 Continental Mark III introduced.
1969 April 17 Ford Maverick introduced. Lincoln-Mercury introduces the European-built Capri at New York Auto Show.
1969 Sept. 11 Senior management reorganized -- Henry Ford II, chairman; Lee Iacocca, president - Ford North American Automotive Operations; Robert Stevenson, president - Ford International Automotive Operations; Robert Hampson, president - Ford Non-Automotive Operations.
1969 Dec. 10 Company announces plans to develop 2,300 acres in Dearborn for commercial-residential use.
1970   The five millionth transmission is produced at the cologne plant.
1970   Henry Ford II opens the Saarlouis plant where Escort production begins.
1970 April 12 Henry Ford II goes to Russia for a series of automotive industry discussions.
1970 Aug. 4 Ford Motor Land Development Co. incorporated in Delaware as a wholly owned subsidiary.
1970 Aug. 17 Asia-Pacific Auto Operations established.
1970 Sept. 11 Ford Pinto introduced.
1970 Dec. 10 Lee Iacocca elected company president.
1971 April 12 Customer Service Division formed.
1972 May 22 Henry Ford II and architect John Portman announce major office and hotel development on Detroit's riverfront (later named Renaissance Center).
1972 May 24 Ford Fiera introduced (produced in Philippines for Asia-Pacific Markets).
1972 Dec. 19 Ford Lio Ho Motor Company established to assemble automobiles and manufacture engines in Taiwan.
1973   The six millionth engine is produced in Cologne.
1973   The one millionth Capri built in Saarlouis.
1973 Sept. 21 Ford Mustang II introduced.
1974   Ford becomes the first German manufacturer to double the warranty period for all cars to twelve months or 20,000 kilometers.
1974 Jan. 7 Edsel Ford II joins the company as product analyst.
1974 July 29 Hyatt Regency Dearborn Hotel, part of new Fairlane Town Center development, has "topping out" ceremony.
1974 Aug. 5 Ford Guest Center opens on the 50th anniversary of Rouge plant tours.
1975 June 20 "Topping out" ceremonies held for first of four 39-story- office towers in Detroit's new Renaissance Center.
1976 Mar. 11 Marian Heiskell becomes first woman elected to the board; (retires May 1, 1989).
1976   A new industry standard, the retractable safety belt restraint system is placed in the Mercury Bobcat. A snarling cougar head is introduced as the new Cougar emblem.
1976 Sept. 3 New Ford Fiesta introduced in Europe; starting in Germany.
1976   Ford produces its one millionth Transit in Germany.
1976 Oct. 19 Eleanor Clay Ford, widow of Edsel Ford, dies at age 80.
1976 Oct. 25 Henry Ford II dedicates new manufacturing complex at Valencia, Spain; King Juan Carlos in attendance.
1977 April 14 Three-member Office of the Chief Executive established: Henry Ford II continues as chairman and chief executive officer; Lee Iacocca continues as president and is designated chief operating officer; Philip Caldwell is named vice chairman, a new position.
1977 April 15 Henry Ford II presides at dedication of Renaissance Center.
1977 Oct. 8 Ford Fairmont and Mercury Zephyr introduced.
1977 Oct. 15 CL-9000 line-haul diesel truck goes on sale.
1978 June 8 Philip Caldwell becomes deputy chief executive officer; William Clay Ford becomes chairman of Executive Committee and member of the Office of the Chief Executive.
1978 June 16 Ford Motor Company marks its 75th anniversary with observances at World Headquarters and around the globe.
1978 July 27 Benson Ford, director and vice president, dies.
1978 Sept. 14 Philip Caldwell elected company president.
1978 Sept. 28 Henry Ford II and David Rockefeller announce Phase Two of Renaissance Center.
1978 Oct. 15 Lee Iacocca leaves company.
1978 Dec. 14 One-hundred-fifty-millionth vehicle built.
1979 Oct. 1 Henry Ford II resigns as chief executive officer; Philip Caldwell succeeds him.
1979 Oct. 15 William Clay Ford Jr. joins the company as product planning analyst.
1980 Feb. 7 Ford Engineering Computer Center dedicated in Dearborn.
1980 Mar. 13 Philip Caldwell succeeds Henry Ford II as board chairman; Donald Petersen elected company president and chief operating officer.
1980 July 24 Company dedicates Batavia (Ohio) Transmission Plant.
1980 Aug. 11 Ford's "World Cars" -- 1981 Ford Escort and Mercury Lynx -- launched.
1980 Sept. 3 New European Escort introduced.
1980 Sept. 30 Ford announces plans for performance-oriented Special Vehicle Operations.
1981   The two millionth Fiesta comes off the Cologne assembly lines.
1981 April 9 Diversified Products Technical Center dedicated in Dearborn.
1981 June 15 Essex Engine Plant in Windsor (Ontario, Canada) dedicated.
1981 Dec. 10 Rouge Steel Company subsidiary formed.
1981 Dec. 18 Ford and Mazda establish Autorama, joint venture distribution channel for Ford products in Japan.
1982 Feb. 13 Ford and UAW reach historic agreement encompassing innovative labor-management concepts.
1982 Mar. 12 Ford Ranger introduced.
1982 Sept. 28 Ford Chairman Philip Caldwell and UAW President Douglas Fraser break ground for new UAW-Ford National Development and Training Center in Dearborn.
1982 Oct. 1 Henry Ford II retires as company officer and employee.
1982   Ford introduces the Escort convertible in Germany.
1983 Mar. 10 Bronco II introduced.
1983 May 26 Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz introduced.
1983 July 22 Ford Orion introduced in Europe.
1983 Oct. 14 Ford acquires 30 percent equity interest in its dealer- assembler in Otosan, Turkey.
1983 Dec. 9 Ford/Cosworth Engineering Ltd. partnership formed to produce new Grand Prix racing engine.
1983 Dec. 17 Continental Mark VII introduced.
1984 Jan. 16 Ford agrees to buy historic Dearborn Inn from Edison Institute.
1984 Feb. 1 Three-millionth Fiesta built at Ford Spain's Valencia Plant.
1984 Feb. 24 Employees organize first annual Ford Employees' Celebration of Black History Month at World Headquarters.
1984 April 26 New version of Ford Transit Van, with industry's first direct- injection, high-speed diesel engine, introduced in Europe
1984 May 17 Rouge Steel Company breaks ground for $145-million Continuous-Slab-Casting Plant at Rouge complex in Dearborn.
1984 July 31 Ford dedicates $12-million advanced electronics plant in Markham, Ontario.
1984 Aug. 13 Ford acquires remaining 49 percent interest in Pilkington Glass Industries Ltd. of Canada, to make it a wholly owned subsidiary. (Ford had acquired 51 percent in July 1981.)
1984 Nov. 8 Company reduces equity in Ford Malaysia from 51 percent to 30 percent.
1984 Nov. 14 Ford Lio Ho Motor Company (Taiwan) announces $35-million expansion to increase production.

Historic Dates and Events 1985 - 1998

Year Date Event/Milestone
1985   Production of the Scorpio starts in Cologne.
1985 Feb. 1 Donald Petersen succeeds Philip Caldwell as board chairman; Harold Poling elected president.
1985 Feb. 7 Ford delivers two air bag-equipped Tempos to U.S. Department of Transportation as part of 5,000-car experimental fleet.
1985 Mar. 17 Ford Microelectronics, Inc., dedicates $33-million facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., to develop, manufacture and test advanced integrated circuits based on gallium arsenide.
1985 Mar. 20 Scorpio launched in Europe.
1985 May 22 Merger of Ford and Amcar operation in South Africa completed; new company, South African Motor Corp. (SAMCOR) begins operations.
1985 July 15 Fairlane Club and Fairlane Manor purchased; later converted into training and development center.
1985 July 17 First Aerostar built at St. Louis (Missouri) Assembly Plant.
1985 July 18 Arab Boycott Office announces Ford's removal from list of banned companies.
1985 Oct. 10 Ford buys Sperry New Holland, world's largest maker of specialty farm equipment, for $330 million.
1985 Dec. 16 Ford acquires First Nationwide Financial Corporation, operator of the ninth-largest U.S. savings and loan, for $493 million.
1985 Dec. 26 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable introduced in dealer showrooms across North America.
1986 Jan. 9 New Transit medium van/truck range launched in Europe.
1986 July 10 Ford acquires 10 percent interest in Kia Motor Company of South Korea.
1987 Mar. 13 Ford launches computer-based Worldwide Engineering Release System (WERS) to link its global manufacturing engineering groups.
1987 July 1 Autolatina joint venture between Ford (49 percent) and Volkswagen (51 percent) established in Brazil and Argentina; includes automotive and credit operations.
1987 Sept. 7 Ford becomes majority shareholder (75 percent) of Aston Martin Lagonda, Ltd.
1987 Sept. 29 Henry Ford II dies at age 70.
1987 Nov. 18 Ford acquires United States Leasing International, Inc., later renamed USL Capital.
1987 Dec. 26 Front-wheel-drive Lincoln Continental introduced.
1987 Dec. 30 Hertz Corporation acquired for $1.3 billion by Park Ridge Corporation, formed by Ford and members of Hertz management.
1988 Jan. 14 Edsel Ford II and William Clay Ford Jr. elected to board of directors.
1988 April 25 Ford completes disinvestment from South Africa.
1988 May 3 Newly expanded UAW-Ford National Education Development and Training Center dedicated.
1988 May 12 Ford Probe introduced.
1988 May 23 Three-millionth North American Ford Escort built at Wayne(Michigan) Assembly Plant.
1988 Sept. 12 Ford and Nissan announce joint program to design, engineer and produce minivans for North America.
1988 Oct. 31 Ford agrees to provide approximately $300 million in financing for acquisition of Budget Rent a Car by Breech Holdings Corp.
1988 Dec. 31 First Nationwide, part of Ford's Financial Services Group, acquires four savings and loans.
1988 Dec. 31 Worldwide earnings reach all-time high of $5.3 billion -- highest to date for any automotive company.
1989   The twenty millionth German-produced Ford comes off the lines.
1989 Mar. 13 Ford's fleet of Great Lakes ore ships sold to a Cleveland- based steamship firm.
1989 April 1 William Clay Ford retires.
1989 Oct. 31 Ford completes acquisition of The Associates, financial services company, for $3.35 billion.
1989 Dec. 15 Ford sells Rouge Steel Company (but retains 20 percent interest that it sells to Rouge Steel in 1992).
1989 December Ford acquires Jaguar Cars for $2.5 billion.
1990 Mar. 1 Harold Poling succeeds Donald Petersen as chairman of the board; Philip Benton Jr. elected company president.
1990 Mar. 15 Introduction of Ford Explorer sport/utility vehicle, designated a '91 model.
1990 May 7 Ford and Fiat agree to combine worldwide tractor, farm and industrial equipment operations via a new holding company -- N.H. Geotech n.v; Fiat owns 80 percent, Ford 20 percent.
1990 Oct. 24 Ford Aerospace Corporation sold to Loral Corporation for $715 million.
1991   Cologne opens a pilot plant for vehicle recycling.
1991 July 15 Ford and Volkswagen form AutoEuropa, joint venture to produce new multipurpose vehicles at Setubal, Portugal.
1992 Feb. 4 Ford F-Series named best-selling U.S. vehicle for 10th consecutive year.
1992 Mar. 5 1992 Ford Taurus is first car produced in the U.S. with CFC- free air conditioning.
1992 April 14 First Mercury Villager minivan built at Ohio Assembly Plant.
1992 May 28 New plant in Alba, Hungary, dedicated; plant will produce ignition coils, fuel pumps and starter motors.
1992 July 1 Ford acquires 50 percent of Mazda Motor Manufacturing and renames the company AutoAlliance International.
1992 Nov. 10 Ford wins NASCAR Manufacturer's Championship.
1992 Dec. 26 New Lincoln Mark VIII introduced.
1993 Jan. 1 Ford President Philip Benton Jr. retires.
1993 Jan. 6 Ford Taurus named best-selling U.S. car for 1992.
1993 Feb. 4 Ford announces plans to develop a natural-gas passenger car.
1993 Feb. 4 F-series best-selling vehicle and truck; Taurus best-selling car; Ford products are five of top eight on list of best-selling U.S. vehicles.
1993 Feb. 11 Ford and Citibank introduce new Visa and MasterCard that let card users earn rebates on new Ford vehicles.
1993 Mar. 5 Ford introduces the "world car" Mondeo in Europe, 18 months before the Ford Contour in U.S.
1993 April 8 Ford starts building Flexible-Fuel Vehicle (FFV) Taurus at Chicago Assembly Plant.
1993 April 30 Production of new CD4E automatic transaxle starts at Batavia (Ohio) Transmission Plant.
1993 June 1 Ford is first automaker to have dual air bags as standard equipment in most cars.
1993 June 20 Ford establishes first dealerships in China.
1993 July 29 Ford's one-millionth vehicle fitted with dual air bags rolls off the Atlanta (Georgia) Assembly Plant line.
1993 Aug. 27 Seventy-fifth anniversary of Dearborn Assembly Plant (originally the Rouge Plant).
1993 Aug. 27 One-millionth Ford Explorer produced at Louisville (Kentucky) Assembly Plant.
1993 Nov. 1 Alex Trotman succeeds Harold Poling as chairman.
1994 Jan. 10 Ford Falcon is top selling vehicle in Australia.
1994 Jan. 27 First Windstar production begins at Oakville (Ontario) Assembly Plant.
1994 Feb. 8 Sale of Mercury Capri, made by Ford of Australia, discontinued in North America.
1994 Feb. 28 Ford China Operations is formed.
1994 Mar. 24 Ford Windstar is introduced.
1994 April 5 Production of Duratec 2.5-liter V-6 engine begins at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2.
1994 April 14 Ford announces the signing of an agreement to sell First Nationwide Bank to First Madison Bank.
1994 April 28 Ford China Research & Development Fund awards grants worth$1.6 million to 19 Chinese universities and institutes.
1994 April 29 Ford acquires 100 percent of Hertz Corporation, world's largest car rental company.
1994 May 9 U.S.-built Ford Taurus goes on sale in Brazil.
1994 May 12 First U.S.-built Thunderbirds and Cougars earmarked for sale in Mexico come off the line.
1994 May 20 Last Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz models are built at Kansas City (Missouri) Assembly Plant.
1994 June 9 Ford Japan introduces European-built Ford Mondeo.
1994 June 10 Ford Japan introduces U.S.-built Ford Probe GT and Japanese-built Ford Laser.
1994 Aug. 15 Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique production starts at Cuautitlan (Mexico) Assembly Plant.
1994 Aug. 22 Ford announces its intention to build a Technology Development Lab in Yokohama City (Japan).
1994 Aug. 24 Ford and Mazda agree to truck manufacturing joint venture in Thailand.
1994 Sept. 29 Contour and Mystique, North American versions of Ford's new global cars, arrive in dealer showrooms.
1994 Oct. 14 Ford and Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (India) establish joint venture to assemble vehicles in India.
1994 Nov. 28 UAW/Ford Health & Fitness Center in Dearborn opens.
1995 Jan. 1 William Clay Ford Jr. succeeds William Clay Ford as Chairman of the Finance Committee.
1995 Jan. 1 Ford 2000 initiated; restructuring plan includes merging North American and European automotive operations into single Ford Automotive Operations (FAO).
1995 Feb. 23 Ford and Song Cong Diesel agree to build a vehicle assembly plant east of Hanoi in Vietnam.
1995 Feb. 23 Ford establishes joint flexible-fuel vehicle development program with China.
1995 Mar. 29 Production of modular engines starts at new Windsor (Ontario) Engine Plant.
1995 April 19 Dagenham (England) Engine Plant builds its 28-millionth unit.
1995 April 26 AutoEuropa (Ford-Volkswagen joint venture) starts building Ford Galaxie and VW Sharan at new Palmela (Portugal) plant.
1995 May 5 New plant in Valencia (Spain) starts producing Zetec-SE4-cylinder engines.
1995 Sept. 29 Ford plant in Plonsk (Poland) opens; to build Escort cars and Transit trucks.
1995 Oct. 4 Ford and Song Cong Diesel have groundbreaking ceremony for new joint venture assembly plant.
1995 Nov. 28 Ford conducts 10,000th crash test, 41 years after the first.
1995 Nov. 30 Ford and Mazda establish AutoAlliance (Thailand) to build pickup trucks for Asia.
1995 Dec. 18 Aeromax, Ford's first all-new, heavy-duty truck in 25 years, built at Kentucky Truck Plant.
1995 Dec. 19 Ford launches new, advanced computer technology system for global vehicle development.
1995 Dec. 26 Ford announces return to the Egyptian market, after leaving in the mid-1960s.
1996 Mar. 26 Ford announces joint venture with Sistemaire, automotive components maker in Argentina.
1996 Mar. 27 Ford opens sales and marketing office in Moscow to serve dealers in Russia.
1996 April 18 New Ford plant near Sao Paulo starts making components for Fiestas to be built in Brazil.
1996 April 30 Vehicle lighting design and development center opens at Ford's Autopal Plant in Czech Republic.
1996 May 23 Belarus government, Ford and Ford's dealer in Belarus agree to form joint venture manufacturing company near Minsk to assemble Escorts and Transits.
1996 Aug. 26 First Ford Escort produced in Nashik (India) rolls off the line in Ford/Mahindra & Mahindra joint venture.
1996 Sept. 29 Ford of Korea, joint venture with Kia Motor Company -- Ford owns 90 percent, Kia 10 percent -- established to distribute cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles to dealers in South Korea.
1996 Oct. 8 Two-hundred-fifty-millionth Ford vehicle built.
1997 Jan. 14 Ford announces agreement to transfer ownership of Budget Rent a Car to Team Rental Group.
1997 Feb. 19 Ford signs letter of intent to sell heavy truck business to Freightliner Corp.
1997 Feb. 19 Ford launches 1997 Escort and Mercury Tracer in Middle East.
1997 Mar. 4 Ford automotive plants first to achieve world environmental standard ISO 14001.
1997 Mar. 6 First Ford Taurus goes on sale in Russia.
1997 April 19 Ford introduces Ka in Hong Kong.
1997 July 1 Lincoln Navigator is introduced in U.S.
1997 Aug. 1 Ford Puma is introduced in U.K.
1997 Aug. 21 Ford sells first natural gas taxis to New York City.
1997 Sept. 9 Ford creates Visteon Automotive Systems for the design, development, and delivery of fully integrated systems, replacing Ford Automotive Products Operations.
1998 Jan. 20 The Associates 1997 earnings surpass a record $1 billion.
1998 Jan. 22 Lincoln-Mercury announces its headquarters will move to Irvine, Calif., in 1998 to foster continued development of unique brands.
1998 Jan. 26 Lincoln Mercury announces plans to discontinue production of the Lincoln Mark VIII luxury coupe in June 1998.
1998 Jan. 27 Ford reports record $6.9 billion earnings for 1997.
1998 Mar. 1 Ford Taurus takes first Winston Cup victory.
1998 Mar. 3 Ford sets timing (April 7, 1998) for spin-off of $22.7 billion stake in The Associates and a cash distribution of $3.1 billion to shareholders of record on March 12, 1998.
1998 Mar. 4 Ford employees earn record profit sharing averaging $4,400.
1998 Mar. 5 Ford and Mobil Corporation form strategic alliance to speed the development of breakthrough fuel and vehicle technologies.
1998 Apr. 7 Ford, Daimler-Benz and Ballard complete agreement to develop fuel-cell technology for future vehicles.
1998 Apr. 8 Ford announces intent to introduce side-impact air bags throughout North American car lineup.
1998 Apr. 9 Edsel B. Ford II resigns post as president of Ford Credit and head of financial services to continue family involvement in community service.
1998 Apr. 27 Ford dismantles Ford of Canada's former Windsor Engine Plant #1in recycling effort.
1998 May 6 Lincoln-Mercury announces July 7 as date to open Southern California headquarters.
1998 May 12 Kentucky Truck to open metal stamping plant for 1999 production.
1998 May 14 Ford Ka introduced in Moscow.
1998 May 29 Spirit of Ford Automotive Science & Technology Center officially opens to the public.
1998 June 3 Ford shows quality leadership in 1998 J. D. Power initial quality survey.
1998 Sept. 15 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable earn Government's top safety rating: Five Stars
1998 Sept. 18 The U. S. Postal Service awards a $206.4 million contract to Ford Motor Co., of Dearborn, Mich., for 10,000 alternative fuel delivery vehicles to replace aging postal vehicles used for daily delivery to city and business customers.
1998 Sept. 21 Ford and NASA bring artificial intelligence to vehicles courtesy of a new neural network computer chip that mimics the human mind. The new intelligent chip promises to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy by monitoring fuel combustion.
1998 Oct. 13 Ford Motor Company and ZF Friedrichshafen AG announce their intention to form a joint venture to produce automatic transmissions at Ford’s Batavia (Ohio) Transmission Plant.
1998 Oct. 20 Jaguar's new S-TYPE sports saloon makes its world debut today at the Birmingham International Motor Show.
1998 Nov. 17 The new Ford Focus wins the prestigious ‘European Car of the Year’ award, which is widely recognised as the most significant accolade in the European motor industry
1998 Nov. 30 The 1999 Ford Windstar minivan earns the highest scores possible in government frontal crash test ratings.
1998 Dec. 8 Ford Motor Company becomes the first and only automotive company to certify its plants around the world under ISO 14001 – 140 plants in 26 countries.

Historic Dates and Events 1999 - 2000

Year Date Event/Milestone
1999 January Ford announces its intention to acquire 51% interest in Norway's PIVCO Industries, maker of the TH!NK two-seat electric city car.
1999 Jan. 1 Sir Alex Trotman, Chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Co. , retires. William Clay Ford Jr., assumes chairmanship of the company; Jacques Nasser becomes President and Chief Executive Officer. New management team assumes leadership.
1999 Feb. 1 An explosion occurs at the Rouge Complex in Dearborn completely halting production at the powerhouse; initially killing one employee and injuring 30 [additionally five of the injured subsequently die in the days that follow].
1999 Feb. 22 Visteon Automotive Systems opens $150 million manufacturing site at Chennai, India.
1999 Mar. 1 Ford enters into a definitive agreement with AB Volvo for the purchase of Volvo's worldwide passenger car business for a price of $6.45 billion.
1999 Mar. 1 Visteon achieves world first with new Jaguar S-type—the Listening Car.
1999 Mar. 2 Ford opens the first franchised Ford sales and service facility in Kazakhstan, Turkey operated by RAM Auto Almaty Ltd. - 1 100 percent owned subsidiary of the Koc Group.
1999 Mar. 3 Ford pays record profit sharing averaging $6,100.
1999 Mar. 8 Volvo shareholders approve purchase transaction of passenger car business to Ford.
1999 Mar. 9 A further chapter in the story of a true "American classic" unfolds at the 1999 Geneva International Motor Show, with the European debut of the new Ford Thunderbird Concept car.
1999 Mar. 9 Ford demonstrates its global commitment to environmental leadership and responsibility with the launch of the new Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo AFV, and TH!NK [zero-emission electric city car scheduled to go on sale in Scandinavia later this year] models at the Geneva Auto Show.
1999 Mar. 17 Ford of Canada announces intent to franchise all existing dealerships under one brand, Ford, in the 2000 model year.
1999 Mar. 17 Thirteen Salt Lake City Ford dealers launch the Utah Auto Collection – a new concept in automotive retailing.
1999 Mar. 19 Ford establishes the Premier Auto Group consisting of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Lincoln [Volvo will later be included in this group].
1999 Mar. 31 Ford completes the purchase of Volvo Car and incorporates Volvo it as part of the Premier Auto Group.
1999 Mar. 31 Ford Credit becomes the first direct issuer to sell commercial paper on the Worldwide Web.
1999 Apr. 26 Ford completes its first purchase of a vehicle disassembly company (Copher Brothers Auto Parts in Tampa, Florida) as part of a bigger plan to create a global network of state-of-the art vehicle recycling companies.
1999 May 5 Ford's Windsor Casting Plant (Canada) earns a national award for the use of innovative technology in pollution prevention.
1999 May 17 Ford announces that all pickup trucks will be Low Emission Vehicles, starting with F-Series trucks in model year 2000 and adding Ranger for 2001 model year, with the large majority preceding any U.S. emissions requirements by years.
1999 June 11 Ford Motor Company reaches agreement to buy Automobile Protection Corporation [APCO] for approximately $180 million.
1999 June 15 Ford opens a $35 million European advanced research centre in Aachen, Germany. Ford announces its position as the largest producer of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in the world with the 1999 launch of three bi-fuel production vehicles in Europe: The liquified petroluem gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of the Ford Transit; an LPG Mondeo, and LPG and CNG versions of the European Focus [selected European markets] later this year.
1999 June 15 Ford Motor Company and CD Radio announce an alliance to bring digital satellite radio to Ford customers.
1999 Aug. 29 Team Ford Racing, a Ford racing fan club is officially launched in Silverstone, G.B.
1999 Aug. 26 Ford announces it will be closing its cold weather testing facility in Bemidji, Minnesota due to inconsistent climatic conditions.
1999 Sept. 16 Ford opens £700,000 innovative training center at Ford Transit Plant in Southampton.
1999 Sept. 16 Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited receives 1999 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award, for outstanding leadership in environmental initiatives.
1999 Sept. 17 Ford introduces the new Ford Lynx in Manila.
1999 Sept. 17 Ford announces it will deliver the first "no compromise" family-oriented hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) to the Department of Energy early next month.
1999 Sept. 17 Ford Motor Company Philippines celebrates the inauguration of its four-billion peso Manila, Philippines, plant, situated in a 21-hectare property inside the Greenfield Automotive Park in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
1999 Sept. 24 Ford Motor Company is recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for exemplary performance in promoting minority business growth in the nation.
1999 Sept. 30 Ford Focus sales reach 500,000, less than 12 months after introduction.
1999 Oct. 4 Ford announces that they are requiring ISO 14001 certification from all of its suppliers with manufacturing facilities.
1999 Oct. 20 Ford announces it will work with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop lightweight, fuel-efficient technologies for potential use in tactical trucks for tomorrow's army. Representatives from the Department of Defense and Ford signed the two-year $11.2 million non-procurement contract today at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) National Automotive Center.
1999 Oct. 20 The 1999 Ford Focus is introduced in Japan at the 33rd Tokyo Motor Show.
1999 Oct. 25 Jaguar Cars announces that it has surpassed its long-standing, single-year sales record in the United States.
1999 Oct. 27 At a groundbreaking ceremony in Santo Domingo, Viamar, C. Por A. – the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealer for the Dominican Republic – announce a QualityCare service operation designed for maximum customer convenience. The state-of-the-art facility will be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
1999 November Norway's first mass-produced vehicle, the TH!NK city starts rolling off the assembly line in Oslo.
1999 Nov. 1 Ford Motor Company airs first-ever global commercial, "Gobal Anthem" shown in virtually every country around the world.
1999 Nov. 1 Ford and the UAW sign a new four-year national labor contract.
1999 Nov. 2 In the first-ever sale of electric vehicles by a major auto maker in Canada, Ford of Canada completes delivery of 16 battery-powered, zero-emission 1999 Ford Ranger EV pickup trucks to Quebec-based [Canada] customers.
1999 Nov. 2 Ford Motor Company and Oracle Corporation announce the formation of the AutoXchange, an automotive e-business integrated supply chain to be created and run by a newly formed joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Oracle Corporation.
1999 Nov. 3 500,000 Ford Focus cars sold in Europe in less than 12 months.
1999 Nov. 4 Jaguar Select Edition is named Best Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Program in a first-of-its-kind survey conducted by IntelliChoiceâ Inc., a company specializing in consumer-automotive information. Jaguar tied for first place, as the best of certified pre-owned vehicle programs, based on 21 programs offered in the United States.
1999 Nov. 9 Ford today announces plans to cease production at its assembly plant at Plonsk, Poland, as part of an ongoing restructuring of Ford's European manufacturing operations. The closure is to be completed by the middle of the year 2000.
1999 Nov. 10 Ford is acknowledged as the first automaker in the world to certify a production vehicle to California's strict LEV II emissions requirements.
1999 Nov. 12 Norway's first mass-produced vehicle, TH!NK City, begins rolling off the assembly line in Aurskog, Norway.
1999 Nov. 16 Ford and TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEC) announce they intend to form a joint venture to consolidate Ford’s customer contact services around the globe.
1999 Nov. 16 Ford sales of new cars and trucks surpassed the three million mark in the U.S. It was the earliest date ever that Ford, America's top selling brand of cars and trucks, had reached that milestone.
1999 Nov. 18 Ford teams up with the University of Louisville in a joint research project for development of tactical military truck technologies for the U.S. Department of Defense under a $6 million Government appropriations bill.
1999 Nov. 22 As the first multinational company to design a car specifically for India, Ford Motor Company is launching the brand new Ford IKON. The first vehicle rolled off the assembly line at Ford’s new state-of-the-art plant in Maraimalai Nagar, India.
1999 Nov. 24 Ford Motorsports in Frankfurt, Germany, announces that it will purchase the Pi Group, a leading supplier of high-technology electronics to the automotive industry.
1999 Nov. 24 Ford Motor Company [U.K.] announces that it will purchase the Pi Group, a leading supplier of high-technology electronics to the automotive industry.
1999 Nov. 24 Lincoln LS is named Motor Trend Car of the Year.
1999 Dec. 19 The Model T is named Car of the Century at an internationally attended gala in Las Vegas.
1999 Dec. 26 U.S. Postal Service awards Ford Motor Company largest ever electric vehicle order.
2000 Jan. 6 Jaguar sets an all-time sales record with 75,312 cars sold in 1999.
2000 Jan. 6 Ford donates more than $12 million to four Detroit organizations: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Zoo, Detroit Science Center and Henry Ford Academy.
2000 Jan. 7 The 'Ford Racing Puma' officially goes on sale in the UK, priced from £22,750 on-the-road.
2000 Jan. 9 24-7 designed to help consumers navigate the day.
2000 Jan. 9 Ford and YAHOO announce that they will team up to develop personalized service to Ford customer's online.
2000 Jan. 9 Ford announces it will equip 2001-model-year vehicles with voice-activated telematics systems offering advanced security features and information access.
2000 Jan. 10 Ford Focus is the first vehicle ever to receive both the North American Car of the Year and the European Car of the Year awards.
2000 Jan. 10 At the North American International Auto Show, Ford announces that it will begin producing and selling a family-size hybrid electric vehicle by 2003.
2000 Jan. 10 Ford unveils the Prodigy at the North American International Auto Show.
2000 Jan. 10 TH!NK, an enterprise of Ford Motor Company, today unveiled a family size sedan powered by the latest generation methanol reformer fuel cell electric powertrain.
2000 Jan. 10 TH!NK announces the introduction of the TH!NK bicycle early this summer.
2000 Jan. 10 Ford Motor Company announced today that it will open a new design studio in London, England in 2001.
2000 Jan. 11 Ford acquires 100% of TH!NK Nordic, Inc. [formerly PIVCO].
2000 Jan. 11 Jaguar announces all-time sales record for 1999 [with 75,312 units sold].
2000 Jan. 11 Ford announces it will open a new design studio in London, England in 2001.
2000 Jan. 22 Ford connects dealers, customers and suppliers with new web-based technology.
2000 Jan. 26 Ford reports record earnings of $7.2 billion in 1999, more than any other automotive company in history [also establishing a new company record for annual revenue].
2000 Feb. 2 Ford Motor Company and UPS Logistics Group, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, have formed a strategic alliance to reduce vehicle delivery time from Ford plants to dealers and customers.
2000 Jan. 25 Ford enters into an agreement with Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Limited that will enable Ford Motor Company to increase its investment in South Africa.
2000 Jan. 26 Ford Motor Company Reports industry-record operating income of $7.2 billion in 1999 and record Fourth Quarter Earnings of $1.8 billion
2000 Jan. 28 Ford of Canada officially opens the YMCA Child Care Centre at the Ford operation in Oakville, offering Ford employees and community residents a state-of-the-art learning environment for preschoolers.
2000 Jan. 27 Ford announces a record Profit Sharing average of $8,000 for 1999.
2000 Feb. 3 Ford announces that eligible employees worldwide will be provided a computer, printer and Internet usage at home for a nominal fee.
2000 Feb. 4 The Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable continue to earn the federal government's highest possible rating for frontal crash performance.
2000 Feb. 4 The 2000 Ford Focus sets a record for garnering the most major awards issued by Journalists, capped by the prestigious North American Car of the Year award, making it the first car to be named Car of the Year in both North America and Europe.
2000 Feb. 9 The South African Motor Corporation (SAMCOR) -- soon to be Ford Motor Company -- and Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) have commenced plans whereby Volvo Car personnel will locate themselves at SAMCOR's offices in Pretoria, South Africa.
2000 Feb. 24 Ford Motor Company today announced the establishment of a North American Headquarters for its PremierAutomotive Group in Irvine, California. Jaguar also annonces that it will relocate in California.as part of the wider move by Ford Motor Co.
2000 Feb. 25 Volvo Car Corporation, a member of the newly formed Premier Automotive Group within Ford Motor Company, formally announces the creation of Volvo Car South Africa (Pty) Ltd., (VCSA), to manage and develop its share of the South African prestige car market.
2000 Feb. 25 Ford, GM, and DaimlerChrysler jointly announce today that they are planning to combine their efforts to form a business-to-business integrated supplier exchange through a single global portal.
2000 Mar. 3 Ford Motor Company employees receive record profit sharing checks
2000 Mar. 17 Ford Motor Company announces that it has reached a memorandum of understanding to buy Land Rover from the BMW Group
2000 Apr. 3 Ford sets all-time monthly U.S. sales record
2000 Apr. 10 Mazda to participate in the joint project for the test run of fuel cell vehicles in cooperation with Daimler Chrysler Japan holding and Nippon Mitsubishi oil.
2000 Apr. 12 Ford Division, Lincoln Mercury and Wells Fargo to offer unique small business MasterCard credit card.
2000 Apr. 13 Ford teams with U.S. Dealers and J.D. Power to launch Blue Oval certifiedTM - most comprehensive customer satisfaction initiative in automotive retailing.
2000 Apr. 14 Ford Motor Co. Board of Directors approves major shareholder value actions:
  • A Value Enhancement plan that offers Ford shareholders new Ford shares
  • Independence plan for Visteon Corporation
  • A plan to include Canada’s Windsor and Essex aluminum plants in an expanded version of its current joint venture with ALFA to increase focus and drive new growth.
2000 May 8 Ford introduces the propane-powered, bi-fuel Super Duty F-Series chassis cab for the 2000 model year.
2000 May 23 BMW Group and Ford Motor Company announce that they have signed a definitive agreement for Ford to buy the Land Rover business from BMW.
2000 June 14 The one millionth European Ford Focus rolls off the Saarlouis production line in Germany, the first Ford in Europe to have reached this milestone in under two years.
2000 June 29 Visteon officially becomes a totally independent company and begins public trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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