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Ford Shifts Manufacturing to Small Cars

Ford Motor Company will restructure its U.S. manufacturing plans away from large SUVs and trucks and concentrate on small vehicles, including the introduction of six European brands to the North American market. The company today announced an $8.7 billion second-quarter loss and confirmed plans to continue the elimination of 15 percent of its salaried work force. The company's plants in Wayne, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; and Cuautitlan, Mexico, will be converted from truck and SUV production to small car production. At the same time, the St. Paul, Minnesota, factory that was slated for closure will remain open through 2011 to meet renewed demand for its small Ranger pickup. "We continue to take fast and decisive action implementing our plan and responding to the rapidly changing business environment," says Alan Mulally, Ford's president and CEO.

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