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Christopher Bruce2012-06-14 14:03:17

Ford Adds 1,800 Jobs to Build New Escape

The Escape shares a platform with the Kuga in Europe

FordFordFordUnited States of America, 1903 > present92 models
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is adding 1,800 new jobs at its Louisville Assembly Plant to build the new EscapeEscape Gen.3Ford Escape Gen.3United States of America, 2012 > present10 versions
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representing a $600 million investment. 

It will add 1,300 more workers to its third shift this fall to build even more Escapes. Ford will have 4,200 employees at its Louisville Assembly Plant. The new hires and changes to the factory to build the Escape and five other vehicles cost Ford $600 million. 

The upgrade included 1,000 robots and 20 miles of conveyor belts.

“Louisville Assembly Plant’s reinvention illustrates how Ford is going further, continuing to invest in American manufacturing and new jobs while delivering even more of the fuel-efficient vehicles that give customers true power of choice," said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.

The new Escape just went on sale in the US with either a 2.0 liter four-cylinder or 1.6 liter four-cylinder that gets as much as 33mpg. The Escape is part of Ford's attempt to use global platforms to create regional vehicles. The Escape shares the platform with the KugaKugaFord KugaUnited Kingdom, 2008 > 201226 versions
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in Europe and China, although it uses different engines and suspensions in different regions. 

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FordFord
EscapeEscape
Escape Gen.3Escape Gen.3
Escape 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4Escape 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4
Engine
Straight 4
Displacement
122 cu in
Top Speed
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Transmission
6, Automatic
Maximum power
240.3 hp
Type
Sport-utility vehicle
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
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price
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annual ownership cost
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