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 This Month in Ford Motor Company History

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​November 1, 1993: Alex Trotman becomes chairman, president and chief executive officer

November 1, 1999: Ford becomes the first corporation to air a commercial simultaneously on virtually every major global and pan-regional network in countries around the world. The two-minute commercial, featuring soprano Charlotte Church, portrayed Ford as a global and customer-driven company.

November 2, 1955: 1956 Thunderbird introduced in dealer showrooms

November 2, 1999: Ford Motor Company and Oracle Corporation announce the formation of AutoXchange — creating the first automotive online supply chain network

November 4, 1938: Mercury 8 makes first appearance in dealer showrooms

November 4, 1964: Cuautitlan Assembly plant, Mexico, dedicated after completion of major expansion

November 6, 1893: Edsel Ford is born

November 8, 1976: Groundbreaking ceremony for Milan Plastics Plant, Michigan

November 8, 1984: Company reduces equity in Ford Malaysia from 51 percent to 30 percent

November 9, 1960: Robert McNamara becomes company president and resigns eight weeks later to become President Kennedy's Secretary of Defense

November 9, 1962: Ford Rotunda visitor center is destroyed by fire

November 9, 1999: Ford Motor Company announces it will cease production at its Plonsk, Poland plant

November 10, 1992: Ford wins NASCAR Manufacturer's championship

November 10, 1999: Ford is acknowledged as the first automaker in the world to certify a production vehicle to California's strict LEV II emissions requirements

November 12, 1999: Norway's first mass-produced vehicle, TH!NK city, begins rolling off the assembly line in Aurskog, Norway

November 14, 1984: Ford Lio Ho Motor Company, Taiwan, announces $35-million expansion to increase production

November 14, 2000: Ford begins redevelopment of the entire Ford Rouge Center which will include a new vehicle assembly plant as the centerpiece of the nation's largest industrial redevelopment project

November 15, 1977: 100-millionth Ford vehicle, a 1978 Fairmont Futura, is assembled at the Mahwah, New Jersey plant

November 17, 1998: Ford Focus is voted 'European Car of the Year' in 1999

November 18, 1987: Ford Motor Company buys United States Leasing International, Inc. (later USL Capital)

November 19, 1959: Edsel car line discontinued, Lincoln-Mercury division is re-formed

November 19, 1999: Ford Germany produces its 30-millionth vehicle — a Ford Fiesta

November 22, 1999: Ford Motor Company launches the IKON in India

November 24, 1999: Lincoln LS is named Motor Trend Car of the Year

November 25, 1971: Five-millionth engine produced in Cologne

November 30, 1961: Mercury Meteor is introduced in showrooms

November 30, 1995: Ford and Mazda establish AutoAlliance in Thailand to build pickup trucks for Asia

November 30, 1998: The 1999 Ford Windstar minivan earns the highest scores possible in government frontal crash test ratings

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