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This Month in Ford History: July

July 1, 1946:   Ernest Breech named vice president of Ford Motor Company
July 1, 1992:   Ford acquires 50 percent of Mazda Motor Manufacturing and renames it AutoAlliance International
July 1, 1997:   Lincoln Navigator goes on sale at dealerships:
July 1, 1998:   AutoAlliance Thailand celebrates its official production launch at a plant dedication ceremony
July 3, 1945:   Ford resumes civilian production in the U.S. after switching to military production for World War II
July 5, 1955:   Ford announces plans to construct Chicago Stamping Plant
July 6, 2000,   Ulrich Bez succeeds Bob Dover as chief executive of Aston Martin Lagonda
July 9, 1919,   Ford Motor Company is incorporated in Delaware
July 10, 1986,   Ford Motor Company acquires 10 percent interest in Kia Motor Company of South Korea
July 12, 2001:   Richard J. Manoogian, chairman and CEO of Masco Corporation, is elected to Ford Motor Company Board of Directors
July 13, 1960:   Ernest Breech resigns as chairman of the board, succeeded by Henry Ford II
July 15, 1903:   Ford Motor Company's first sale (not shipment) of an automobile, a Model A, to Dr. E. Pfennig of Chicago
July 15, 1991:   Ford and Volkswagen form AutoEuropa, a joint venture to produce new multipurpose vehicles at Setubal, Portugal
July 17, 1985:   First Ford Aerostar rolls off the St. Louis Plant assembly line
July 19, 1990:   First vehicle to be imported to the U.S. from Australia – Mercury Capri – goes on sale
July 19, 1999:   First day of production for two breakthrough Ford products--the Ford Focus at the Wayne
Assembly   Plant in Michigan and the Ford Excursion at the Kentucky Truck Plant
July 20, 1903:   Ford Motor Company's first automobile shipment (not sale), a Model A, to Dr. H.W. Yates of Detroit
July 21, 2000   After 33 years of production, the last European Ford Escort rolls off the line in Halewood, England
July 22, 1983   Ford Orion introduced in Europe

July 24, 1980   Batavia Transmission Plant in Ohio is dedicated
July 25, 1983   Chihuahua Engine Plant in Mexico begins operations
July 27, 1917    First Ford truck, Model TT, introduced
July 27, 1978   Benson Ford (son of Edsel and grandson of Henry Ford), director and vice president, dies
July 29, 1993   Ford's one-millionth vehicle fitted with dual air bags, a Taurus, rolls off the Atlanta Assembly Plant line
July 30, 1863   Henry Ford born on a farm in Springwells Township, near Dearborn, Michigan
July 30, 1997   Ford Union assembly plant in Minsk, Belarus, which will assemble Escorts and Transits, is dedicated
July 30, 1998   Ford Ranger is chosen as "Pick-up of the Year 98/99" in competition promoted by Brazilian magazine, Autoesporte
July 30, 1999   Ranger pick-up truck wins the 1999 "Best Pick-up Truck of the Year" and "Best Performing 4 x 4 of the Year" awards in Thailand, where it is produced
July 31, 1984   Ford Motor Company automotive electronics plant dedicated in Markham, Ontario
July 31, 2001   Electric TH!NK City cars available to customers in California
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