HERMOSILLO, Sonora -- Ford of Mexico and its Stamping and Assembly Plant in Hermosillo just celebrated the production of its 1 millionth Ford Fusion, a 2010 model.
This sedan has been produced for four years in Mexico for the U.S. market, where it has been very well received by consumers and where it has won multiple awards, thanks to its quality and fuel efficiency.
With the production of this unit, Ford confirmed the achievements of its Way Forward strategy, which started in 2006 focused on four points: product, investment and development in manufacturing, consumer experience and social responsibility. It also ratifies the commitment Ford made to Mexico by assigning it one of the most successful models in North America.
"The leadership and strategy has been key to the progress we have achieved so far, but talent and Mexican labor have been fundamental in the performance and current position Ford took in the domestic market. For this we appreciate the efforts and commitment of our employees that is is largely reflected in the assembly of the 1 millionth Fusion," said Eduardo Serrano, President and CEO of Ford of Mexico.
The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, recently launched at the Hermosillo Plant to the domestic market, has been ranked as the most fuel efficient midsized car in North America, and also been recognized by J.D. Power & Associates for its first class quality.
Hermosillo, key in Ford's strategic plan.
The Stamping and Assembly plant in Hermosillo has played an important role in the plans of Ford Motor Company over the years but especially since Ford launched its new strategy to refocus the range of its products and accelerate the development more fuel-efficient and technologically advanced vehicles that people want and value.
That's why during the celebration, which took while the 1 millionth Fusion ran from the production line, Jose Islas, plant manager of Hermosillo, thanked all the partners of Ford for the effort and commitment they have shown since 2005, when CD3 project began to produce the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ.
"It’s easy to say 1 million units, but those of us who were involved know the hard work behind this figure. This is the result of continuous improvement practices we have implemented, to become the No. 1 plant in quality and operating costs for Ford, building one of the most beloved and valued cars in our market" said Jose Islas.
Construction of the plant began in 1984, after the selection of the site, eight kilometers from Hermosillo, as an ideal site because of its location and access to skilled labor. The plant was inaugurated in November 1986.
Located in a 278 acres in the industrial park in Hermosillo, the Ford Stamping and Assembly Plant is one of the most modern of the automotive industry and has advanced systems for pollution prevention, sludge and wastewater treatment and a pond of evaporation of storm waters.
In 2004, a new campus for suppliers was integrated with 14 buildings, which house 19 of the 25 local suppliers that feed the stamping and assembly processes for the three vehicles. The campus is connected to the plant by three tunnels that pass under the La Colorada road to provide a continuous flow of materials.
Plant investment includes $1.2 billion in 2005 and $600 million additional dollars in 2008 to produce the new 2010 versions, which include the hybrid models of the Fusion and Milan. The plant and the models it produces have been recognized on several occasions. Recently, Hermosillo earned the North American President's Quality Award for its performance and quality in 2008.
Recognized for their fuel efficiency, the 2010 Fusion, Milan and MKZ are recognized by Consumer Reports magazine as a “Best Buy.”