Dearborn, Michigan – Ford will increase its North American production in the third and fourth quarters of 2009, due to growing demand for new vehicles and to ensure that dealers have enough stock of fuel-efficient models eligible for the U.S. “Cash for Clunkers” program.

Production will increase by 10,000 units to a total of 495,000 units, primarily to build additional Escape compact SUVs and Focus cars, the two most popular Ford vehicles under the government vehicle recycling program. Ford’s planned third-quarter production is now 18 per cent above third-quarter 2008 production levels.

Ford also announced plans to produce 570,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter, which is 33 per cent higher than the same period in 2008, and 15 per cent above the third quarter production plan. The increase represents higher production across a range of cars, crossovers and trucks.

Ford is working with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) and its suppliers to ramp up production, including working during a planned shutdown week. The company is also placing priorities on vehicle shipments, with carriers instructed to load Focus, Escape and Fusion models first to arrive quickly at dealerships.

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