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 This Month in Ford History - April

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​April 1, 1904: The Ford Motor Company board approves the purchase of land for the Piquette Plant in Detroit, which becomes the site where the Model T is designed

April 1, 1965: The Mustang and Cortina Lotus are named two of the best sports sedans in the world by Car and Driver magazine's annual readers' poll

April 1, 1989: William Clay Ford, Sr. retires as company officer and employee

April 2, 1979: The Ford Fairmont is recognized by Product Engineering magazine as one of five American-made products, and the only automobile selected for their impressive performances against foreign competition

April 3, 2000: Ford sets all-time monthly U.S. sales record, selling or leasing 441,701 vehicles during the month of March
 
April 4, 1951: The Ford Consul, a British-built small car of completely modern design, is introduced in the United States
 
April 5, 1968: The Lincoln Continental Mark III is introduced
 
April 5, 1994: Duratec 2.5-liter V-6 engine production begins at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 2 in Ohio
 
April 6, 1998: Ford and Ford-UAW receive first joint J.D. Power and Associates Chairman's award for cooperation in quality improvement
 
April 7, 1947: Henry Ford dies at age 83 at his estate in Dearborn, MI
 
April 7, 1998: Ford, Daimler-Benz, and Ballard complete agreement to develop fuel-cell technology for future vehicles
 
April 8, 1993: Ford starts building Flexible-Fuel Vehicle (FFV) Taurus at Chicago Assembly Plant
 
April 8, 1998: Ford announces intent to introduce side-impact air bags throughout North American car lineup
 
April 8, 2001: Ford receives prestigious environmental award from Pacific Basin Economic Council
 
April 9, 1981: Diversified Products Technical Center is dedicated in Dearborn
 
April 9, 1998: Edsel B. Ford II resigns post as president of Ford Credit to continue family involvement in community service
 
April 10, 1944: Henry Ford II elected executive vice president
 
April 10, 1980: William Clay Ford, Sr. elected vice chairman of the board
 
April 10, 1995: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria natural gas vehicle (NGV)—the first factory-produced, dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car from an automaker—is unveiled at the  Clean Air Vehicle Conference in Atlanta
 
April 12, 1961: John Dykstra is elected Ford Motor Company president
 
April 12, 1970: Henry Ford II goes to Russia for talks about the automobile industry
 
April 12, 1999: Ford Motor Company buys British auto service chain Kwik-Fit for $1.6 billion
 
April 13, 1925: Ford Motor Company begins first regular air flights to transport freight and company mail from Dearborn to Chicago
 
April 13, 2000: Ford Division teams with U.S. dealers and J.D. Power to launch Blue Oval Certified™--most comprehensive customer satisfaction initiative in automotive retailing
 
April 14, 1931: The 20 millionth Ford car, a Model A, is built
 
April 14, 1977: 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
 
April 14, 1992: The newly-renovated Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake is dedicated, and the Mercury Villager minivan production begins there
 
April 14, 2000: Norfolk Assembly Plant in Virginia celebrates its 75th anniversary
 
April 15, 1955: Separate Lincoln and Mercury divisions are established and Special Products Operations becomes a division
 
April 15, 1966: Ford dedicates the Woodhaven Stamping Plant in Michigan
 
April 15, 1977: Henry Ford II presides at the dedication of the Renaissance Center
 
April 16, 1986: Ford of Britain and Iveco announce plans to form a joint venture to manufacture and market heavy commercial vehicles
 
April 16, 1997: Ford is the first automaker to use computer simulations to design its vehicle final assembly processes on a global basis
 
April 17, 1964: Ford Mustang becomes available for sale
 
April 17, 1969: Ford Maverick is introduced and is first American car built to compete directly with the imported car market in the United States
 
April 18, 1961: Ford Parts Division (Motorcraft) is formed
 
April 18, 1996:New Ford plant near Sao Paulo, Brazil starts making components for Fiestas to be built in Brazil
 
April 19, 1995: Dagenham Engine Plant in England builds its 28 millionth unit
 
April 20, 1962: Ford Motor Company has a display pavilion at Seattle's World's Fair. On exhibit is the Seattle-ite XXI, a dream car featuring four steerable front
wheels and interchangeable power packages.
 
April 21, 1926: Ford Motor Company of Finland is established in Helsinki
 
April 22, 1964: The Ford exhibit, featuring Walt Disney's Skyway Ride, opens to the public at New York's World's Fair
 
April 23, 1997: Ford sells 18.5 percent of its shares of Hertz to be offered for public sale on the NYSE
 
April 24, 1969: Ford produces its 75 millionth U.S.-built vehicle--a blue Mustang "Diamond Jubilee" convertible--driven off the Dearborn Assembly Plant line by
entertainer, Jimmy Durante
 
April 24, 1996: Ford and Southampton University develop two innovative plastic identifiers (Tribo-electric and Spectroscopic) that can determine the type of plastic within seconds and facilitate swifter sorting and handling of plastics for recycling
 
April 25, 1967: Ford unveils a new glass-making operation using the float process which can produce a ribbon of finished glass 8 ¼ miles long and 100 inches wide every 24 hours
 
April 26, 1948: The 1949 Ford goes into production and is the first new model design after World War II
 
April 26, 1984: A new version of Ford Transit Van, with the industry's first direct-injection, high-speed diesel engine, is introduced in Europe
 
April 26, 1995: AutoEuropa (Ford-Volkswagen joint venture) starts building Ford Galaxie and VW Sharan at new Palmela plant in Portugal
 
April 28, 1994: Ford China Research and Development Fund donated money to 19 Chinese universities
 
April 29, 1959: 50 millionth Ford vehicle—a 1959 Galaxie Town Sedan--is built at Dearborn Assembly Plant
 
April 29, 1994: Ford acquires 100 percent of Hertz--the world's largest car rental company
 
April 30, 1939: The New York World's Fair opens; Ford Exposition gives visitors a ride on the "Road of Tomorrow"
 
April 30, 1996: A vehicle lighting design and development center opens at Ford's Autopal Plant (Czech Republic)
 
April 30, 2001: Boost America! Campaign is launched giving away a million booster seats and offering education on booster seat safety
 
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