Ford has big plans for 2014, as the company announced ambitious plans for growth next year which include new models, new jobs, and an expansion of existing powertrain technologies.
The biggest element of this growth plan includes launching 23 new or redesigned models across the globe, with 16 of these in North America. We already know about many of these 16 vehicles, including the Ford Mustang, the Ford Transit Connect, the Ford Transit, and the Lincoln MKC. Many more are still to come, though, as we expect a redesigned Ford F-150 to debut early next year as a 2015 model, along with redesigned versions of platform-mates 2015 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. We’re also expecting to see a new Ford Edge given the recent Edge Concept shown at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show, as well as the associated Lincoln MKX. Beyond this, we’re not so sure about the other seven models, but they could include a high-performance variant of the Mustang, as well as updates to the company’s older models.
Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged family of engines will gain two more powertrains in 2014, one of which is the new 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost that will be seen in the 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Lincoln MKC. Ford has not yet provided information about the other new EcoBoost engine. Existing EcoBoost powertrains in the U.S. include the 1.0-liter three-cylinder recently introduced for the Fiesta, the 1.5- and 1.6-liter four-cylinders, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6.
Another aspect of Ford’s plan for 2014 is the expansion of auto start-stop technology to 70 percent of the company’s North American lineup. Currently, start-stop is only available on the Fusion midsize sedan, so we should see this technology on other Ford models like the Fiesta, the Escape, the Focus, and even possibly the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 within the next year.
Ford says that all of this growth will create 5000 new jobs in the U.S., 2000 of which will be in the Kansas City plant which has been expanded to start production of the 2014 Ford Transit van in addition to its existing F-150 production. Three brand-new assembly plants will also open in 2014, one in South America and two in Asia.
Ford appears to have a lot in store for 2014. Keep an eye out for more news about the company’s new models starting next month at the 2014 Detroit auto show.