MONTREAL, Qué., May 13, 2003 – Ford will commemorate its 100th anniversary June 16, 2003, and plans are well underway to celebrate this historic milestone. To help share the company's history, a touring display, called the "100th Anniversary Experience," will visit key events and locations in the United States and four cities in Canada.
Today the celebrations are being held in Montréal and we invite the public, as well as Ford Motor Company employee and dealer to experience 100 years of Ford history. Vehicle for then and now will be displayed highlighting many of the company's accomplishments over the past century.
Everyone is invited to travel into time and visit the Ford display at L'Esplanade of La Place des Arts in Montréal.
"The company's centennial offers us a unique opportunity to reflect on our many past accomplishments," said Alain Batty, president and chief executive officer of Ford of Canada. "But it also challenges us to look ahead and create a vision for continuing success in the future."
Ford's 100th anniversary programs will be targeted primarily at key audiences such as company employees, dealers, suppliers, Ford car clubs and enthusiasts. But interest in the centennial of the company is widespread.
The main communications channel is the company's 100th anniversary Web site, which can be accessed through ford.com. The Web site features stories about Henry Ford, the Model T and the Rouge complex, along with other facts and information.
Ford has touched the lives of people in virtually every corner of the world. Not only has Ford been a driving force in the auto industry, but it has had a major impact on society with revolutionary concepts such as the moving automotive assembly line and the $5-a-day workday.
Ford Motor Company is a unique business success story. Ford vehicles continue to hit a chord with customers. We are proud of our realizations and we want to celebrate this historical event with the people that share our enthusiasm.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is the world's second largest automaker with approximately 350,000 employees, and operating in more than 200 markets on six continents. Its automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Hertz and Quality Care. The company's world headquarters are in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Motor Company will officially observe its 100th anniversary June 16, 2003. Additional information can be found on the company’s Web site at www.ford.com.
About Ford of Canada
Ford of Canada’s operations include a national headquarters, six regional offices, six vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, two parts distribution centres, and affiliates including Ford Credit, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover and Hertz. Ford employs more than 16,000 people, while an additional 21,000 are employed in 502 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships across Canada. In 2002, revenues for Canadian operations were $23.3 billion, making Ford of Canada one of the country's largest privately-held companies. Since 1990, Ford has invested nearly $9.5 billion in its Canadian operations. For more information, please visit www.ford.com.