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For anyone that's interested in what plans Ford has for the future, here's a breakdown of what we can expect over the next few years.
  • Ford's Dearborn truck plant is expected to be the launch plant for an all-new F-150, with production possibly starting in 2020.
    • The lineup will include a hybrid version in 2020 followed by the first all-electric F-150 in 2021.
    • Batteries for the electric pickup will also be built at the Dearborn plant along with a new version of the Ford F-150 Raptor.
  • Ford is investing $700 million into the Dearborn plant. Ford will also spend $250 million to build a new version of the Mustang at the Flat Rock plant, including new derivatives such as the Bullitt and Shelby Cobra.
    • One of those could be the new Ford Mustang Mach 1, which is rumored to launch in 2021 to replace the Ford Mustang Bullitt.
  • As part of a $400 million investment, Ford's highest output assembly plant in Kanas City will build an electric version of the Transit van as well as the next-generation F-150.
    • Hybrid and electric versions of the popular pickup won't be manufactured here.
  • Ford's Kentucky Truck plant will build new versions of the F-series Super Duty pickups as well as hybrid versions of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition as part of a $1 billion investment.
  • Ford's largest plant investment, is for its Michigan Assembly plant at $1.1 billion. This is where the production of the new Ford Bronco will begin in early 2020.
  • Ford is investing $900 million to build new versions of the F-series chassis cab trucks and a mystery new model in 2023 at the Ohio Assembly plant. To prepare for Ford's electric onslaught, new parts will be produced at Ford's component plants including a new transmission for EV models in Livonia, electric motors and transaxles in Van Dyke, and batteries for hybrid models in Rawsonville.
 

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The Ford and Volkswagen partnership should be interesting:

Ford says it plans to make a first-rate entry into EVs to set a course for cheaper models in the future.
Much like Tesla, Ford aims to prove the incredible potential of electric vehicles by coming to market with a bold, performance SUV with plenty of range and loads of features. To top it off, it will wear the iconic Mustang name. We're talking about the upcoming Mustang Mach-E all-electric crossover, of course.
What's the plan after the Mach-E arrives? We continue to get bits and pieces, but Ford hasn't really divulged a lot. We know an all-electric F-150 is coming at some point and we know Ford invested in electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive. However, now with GM revisiting its future EV efforts and clarifying some of its plans, Ford is compelled to make a statement.
Ford of Britain managing director Andy Barratt, along with executive director for business transformation Graham Hoare, recently talked with UK-based Business Car at Ford's 'Go Electric' event in London. The event featured the Mustang Mach-E and Kuga plug-in hybrid. Barratt shared:
"This product [Mustang Mach-E] really is there to demonstrate how to do electric properly, with a product that is very aspirational as well, with great driving dynamics - it doesn't compromise and trade off all the things we love about a vehicle in order for it to be electric."
He went on to mention a future of smaller electric cars in partnership with Volkswagen, which will allow Ford to use the German automaker's new MEB architecture.
"We can jointly share the scale effect on that MEB platform, and that is really important because the market is very small at the moment, and so we really need to amplify that volume and get the scale benefits.
"Working with Volkswagen is really going to allow us to do that and get those products to market at an affordable level, but still with all the functionality and features you would expect."
Barratt also said that even though Ford is working on conventional hybrids and mild hybrids for some of its smaller vehicles, that doesn't mean it won't bring vehicles like the Fiesta and Focus to the UK market as EVs or PHEVs.
 

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If they're going to bring the Fiesta and Focus back as EVs/Hybrids I think they're likely going to be small crossovers. I'd be surprised if they come back as sedans/hatchbacks.
 

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Fiesta/Focus will most likely exclude US markets. A new Fusion is rumored to be in the works. And another resurrection nameplate (like the Bronco). Maybe the Thunderbird? Cool name for an EV, no?
 

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Fiesta/Focus will most likely exclude US markets. A new Fusion is rumored to be in the works. And another resurrection nameplate (like the Bronco). Maybe the Thunderbird? Cool name for an EV, no?
If they were going to bring back the Thunderbird an EV would be the best way to do it! Ford has to redeem themselves after trying to bring it back in the early 2000's
 
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