Ford To Invest $400 Million To Build New Model in Kansas City

Just the Facts:
The U.S. automaker says it will build a new product at its Missouri plant.
Production of the next-generation Ford Escape will shift to Louisville in late 2011.
Ford will name the new Kansas City product “at a later date.”

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford said it will invest $400 million to build a new product at its Kansas City plant, after production of the Ford Escape shifts from Kansas City to Louisville, Kentucky, in late 2011. Ford did not specify which new model will be assembled in Kansas City, saying only that it “will be announced at a later date.”

In December, Ford said the next-generation Escape would be assembled in Louisville. That vehicle is expected to be based on the Ford Vertrek concept, which was unveiled last week at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Based on the timing of the move, the Kansas City plant probably won’t be ready for production before model year 2013. Production of the full-size F-Series pickup truck is expected to continue in Kansas City for the foreseeable future.

Inside Line says: The Kansas City plant, which opened 60 years ago, is one of Ford’s older facilities in North America. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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