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 This Month in Ford Motor Company History

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​January 1, 1910 Ford Motor Company moves production and business facilities to Highland Park

January 1, 1919 Edsel Ford succeeds Henry Ford as president of Ford Motor Company

January 1, 1995: Ford 2000 global reorganization begins

January 1, 1999: Alex Trotman, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Company, retires. William Clay Ford, Jr. assumes chairmanship of the company. Jacques Nasser becomes president and CEO.

January 2, 1916: Kentucky Truck Plant begins production

January 2, 1939: Assembly begins in Johannisthal, Germany

January 3, 1961: Henry Ford II resumes duties as president

January 4, 1918: Construction starts on the Rouge vehicle production complex in Dearborn, MI

January 5, 1914: Five dollar work day is announced

January 5, 1925: Ford Motor Company AG incorporates in Berlin

January 6, 1993: Is announced that Ford Taurus is the best-selling U.S. car for Ford Motor Company in 1992

January 6, 2000: Ford donates more than $12 million to four Detroit organizations: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Zoo, Detroit Science Center and Henry Ford Academy

January 7, 1963: Sixty-millionth vehicle produced

January 7, 2000: The 'Ford Racing Puma' officially goes on sale in the U.K., priced from £22,750

January 9, 1986: Ford introduces Transit van/truck

January 9, 1998: U.S. Post Office unveils new Ford Model T stamp

January 9, 2001: Ford Expedition becomes only SUV to earn top government crash ratings, earning a double five star rating in front crash testing

January 10, 1962: Ford Falcon production begins in Argentina

January 10, 1994: Ford Falcon is top-selling vehicle in Australia for second consecutive year

January 11, 2000: Ford Focus is the first vehicle to receive both 'North American Car of the Year' and 'European Car of the Year' awards

January 11, 2002: Ford Motor Company announces revitalization plan to strengthen position in the marketplace and improve financial results

January 12, 1904: Henry Ford sets world speed record of 91.37 MPH driving 999 on frozen Lake St. Clair

January 12, 1999: The 1999 Ford Windstar is awarded unprecedented top safety scores in all categories of crash protection in the government's New Car Assessment Program

January 12, 2001: Ford Transit named "International Van of the Year 2001"

January 13, 1978: Glass Division introduces Sunglas, a line of residential glass that can reduce the cost of cooling a home by blocking the sun's heat

January 14, 1970: Announcement of the formation of Ford Advanced Vehicle Operations

January 14, 1988: William Clay Ford, Jr. and Edsel B. Ford II join board of directors

January 14, 1997: Ford announces agreement to transfer ownership of Budget Rent-a-Car to Team Rental Group

January 15, 1925: The Ford Airport in Dearborn, MI is formally dedicated

January 15, 1946: Ford Finland moves to its newly built facility in Hernesari

January 15, 1958: Mercury, Edsel and Lincoln divisions join to form Ford M-E-L division

January 16, 1974: Launch of first European Ghia-badged production model, the Granada Ghia

January 16, 1984: Ford agrees to buy historic Dearborn Inn from Edison Institute

January 16, 1998: Job 1 for all new 1999 model Super Duty F-Series trucks

January 16, 1998: Ford F-Series celebrates 50 years

January 17, 1936: Henry and Edsel Ford establish the Ford Foundation

January 17, 1938: Cork, Ireland Plant builds its 25,000th car

January 17, 1956: Ford Motor Company sells first shares of common stock and becomes publicly-owned

January 17, 1968: Ford of Europe announces Escort

January 18, 1937: Twenty-five millionth Ford car built

January 18, 1979: The Glass Division is awarded a $450,000 contract to supply one million square feet of a special glass to the U.S. Department of Energy for a solar energy electric power generating plant

January 18, 1982: Job 1 Ranger rolls off the line at the completely renovated Kentucky Truck Plant

January 19, 1956: Mk II Zephyr/Zodiac goes into production at Dagenham

January 21, 1997: Country music superstar Alan Jackson signs an exclusive partnership with Ford to promote its trucks

January 22, 1944: Henry Ford II elected vice president

January 23, 1950: The Fashion Academy Gold Medal Award for outstanding design and fashion styling of 1950 automobiles is awarded to Ford for the second consecutive year

January 25, 1937: Production of V8-78 begins at Dagenham

January 25, 1955: Ernest Breech elected board chairman

January 25, 2000: Jaguar Racing announces the new car which will launch Jaguar into Formula One, the Jaguar R1

January 26, 1998: Lincoln Mercury announces plans to discontinue production of the Lincoln Mark VIII luxury coupe in June 1998

January 26, 1999: Ford is New Zealand's most popular passenger vehicle brand according to the Land Transport Safety Authority

January 27, 1917: First Fordson Tractor is shipped from Detroit to Manchester, England

January 27, 1923: Ford Italiana SpA established with assembly plant in Trieste, Italy

January 27, 1998: Ford reports record $6.9 billion earnings for 1997

January 27, 2000: Ford announces a record profit sharing average of $8,000 for 1999

January 28, 1999: Ford Motor Company buys Volvo for $6.45 billion

January 29, 2001: Ford is Northern Ireland's best-selling nameplate for new cars in 2000, increasing its market share over the previous year

January 30, 1922: Ford Belgium established in Antwerp

January 30, 1948: Benson Ford named company vice president and Lincoln-Mercury general manager

January 30, 1980: Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation demonstrates the first installation by a U.S. industrial firm of a video conferencing system to enable international meetings without travel

January 30, 2001: Ford Motor Company and the United Way commit to the largest order of child safety seats in history. Through a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund, United Way will distribute a combined total of 500,000 booster seats from Evenflo and Graco-Century to the nation's neediest families.

January 30, 2001: The new Ford Mondeo is bestowed with one of the most prestigious awards in the British motor industry. What Car? Magazine proclaims the new Ford Mondeo LX to be its 2001 'Car of the Year'.

 
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