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 This Month in Ford Motor Company History

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​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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