Ford Motor Company today celebrates a significant milestone in the company's storied history with the production of its 350 millionth vehicle. John Fleming, executive vice president of global manufacturing, put that number into perspective.
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|Cut #1:||"It's the same as producing one vehicle every 10 seconds for 109 years, it's all around the world." :09 sec.|
|The 350 millionth historic vehicle, is an all-new global Ford Focus. Fleming says it embodies the next chapter in the story of Ford – one driven by an expanding global footprint of fuel-efficient vehicles and an aggressive plan for profitable growth around the world.|
|Cut #2:||"The Focus is such an important product for us, producing it all-around the world, the first of all one-Ford vehicles that we've leveraged and in 2012, to show you the progress we're making, it'll be the best-selling vehicle in the world." :17 sec.|
|Fleming says the One Ford Manufacturing plan is exceeding expectations and is transforming the business through collaboration, continuous improvement and manufacturing excellence.|
|Cut #3:||"Well it gives us the consistency, which allows us to be our most efficient. It means that we have one design, that we can manufacture and replicate many times around the world. That's what gives us scale." :14 sec.|
|Fleming talked about the long range goal Ford Motor Company has for its growth in Asia Pacific and Africa.|
|Cut #4:||"Well I have to think you have to look at where we're expanding capacity. Our expectation is that 60% of the world's growth between now and 2020 is going to be in Asia Pacific and Africa. So that's where we're building plants. We're building 9-new plants for assembly and for powertrain, just in that region." :24 sec.|
|Fleming says, while expansion and investing in U.S. plants will continue, investing in China is a necessity to expand our global footprint.|
|Cut #5:||"China is the largest market in the world now, and it's growing at a faster pace than anywhere. So when we talk about putting a global footprint in place, China is critical in it. Well, if you go back to 2006 we've invested 6.7 billion dollars in China." :20 sec.|
|Fleming says our goal is simple: to be the best in the world at delivering high-quality, affordable vehicles for consumers.|