View Full Version : Ford Panther ( Victoria, Marquis, Town Car) Plant Updates

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02-15-2005, 09:20 PM
Ford plant to get $300M boost<p><br>The automaker will invest the cash in its St. Thomas operation over the next 3 years.<br>NORMAN DE BONO, Free Press Business Reporter 2005-02-09 03:22:39 <br> <p><br> <p>Ford of Canada's St. Thomas assembly plant will get a $300-million US investment over three years as the automaker gives its vehicles a facelift, a Canadian Auto Workers union official said yesterday. The news comes as the plant is facing a serious downturn in production and employment, assembling 80,000 fewer Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles this year than just three years ago, said Whitey MacDonald, president of CAW Local 1520.<p>The plant is also shutting down one week a month until July and maybe longer, MacDonald added.<p>"Any ti<p>me they spend money, it's a good feeling, but a lot more needs to be done over the long haul," he said.<p>"They are putting some money into it, hoping sales pick up. And the best-case scenario will be we work with less downtime."<p>MacDonald said the plant needs a long-term commitment from Ford that will see the plant either be revamped into a flexible manufacturing plant -- meaning three or four different vehicles could be assembled there -- or get a new car to build along with the Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis.<p>"Our No. 1 priority is flexible manufacturing or additional product. That will get us long-term stability," he said, adding that those will be key issues when collective bargaining begins in the fall.<p>But the plant only has "an average" shot at getting another vehicle because Ford is making fewer vehicles and not expanding production, says automotive analyst Dennis DesRosiers.<p>"Retail sales for those vehicles are very small. It is primarily a fleet plant," DesRosiers said.<p>"I always worry about a plant near the end of the life of a vehicle. It is a very old platform."<p>In 2002, the plant assembled 235,000 cars. Last year that figure dropped to 198,000. This year production is expected to plummet to about 155,000, MacDonald said.<p>Still, there is chance vehicle sales will not drop much below 155,000, as the Crown Victoria and Grand Marquis enjoy a loyal client base and a strong position in the North American fleet market, DesRosiers noted.<p>"It may level off. I can't see the market for that coming down much more."<p>Ford of Canada's Laren More declined comment.<p>In 2006, a $100-million US investment will see changes to the cars' grilles, bumpers and front ends.<p>In 2008, another $200 million US will be spent on a more extensive redesign, MacDonald said.<p>Copyright  The London Free Press<p><A HREF="http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/Business/2005/02/09/924824-sun.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/....html</A><p><br>_________________<p>This is quite big news for ford, cops will never be happier. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

02-16-2005, 12:51 AM
Good, but the Town car needs to be replaced very fast, not the plant. But as Ford, they are still making money off it, so that will hapen in 10 years...

02-16-2005, 05:19 AM
oh great...another thread to get Hornbag started...<p>wait...he has already...damn, too late <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>j/k...lol <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">

02-17-2005, 01:45 PM
Something tells me that changing the grills and bumpers will not help at all. Remember the when GM made the 1998-2001 Cadillac Catera/ Chevy Malibu. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">