On 16 June 2003 Ford Motor Company will be 100 years old. As Ford approaches that notable landmark, Henry Ford's remarkable achievements are brought into sharp focus. Through years of prosperity and hardship and through war and peace, Ford Motor Company has grown from one man, his vision, a small garage and a Quadricycle to a force that changed the nature of personal mobility. The accessibility of the automobile, now taken largely for granted, has contributed greatly to the economic growth and stability found around the world.
The company still embodies the spirit of its founder, by always thinking ahead, planning a better future and striving for innovative breakthroughs in design, manufacturing and technology. Ford today continues the tradition of a family business with William Clay Ford Jr, the great grandson of the founder, at its head. That sense of family, continuity and enduring values creates a special relationship, which brings together the now extended Ford family of employees, dealers, suppliers, shareholders and customers in more than 200 markets throughout the world.
William Clay Ford Jr. Chairman and CEO, Ford Motor Company firmly believes in using the lessons from the company's illustrious history to build an even greater legacy in the 21st century. "As we observe our 100th anniversary, our goal is to have an even greater impact on people's lives in the next 100 years. We want to continue to provide the world with mobility by building great products that are affordable in every sense of the word – economically, environmentally and socially. Creating and sustaining freedom of movement for everyone will honour our past and secure our future", he said
Ford is dedicated to bringing the finest products to market, while preserving the principles of global responsibility, corporate citizenship and sustainability. Providing the highest levels of quality and customer value are timeless fundamentals and the price of entry into the market. In Europe those fundamentals are enhanced by a commitment to deliver vehicles, which are dependable, contemporary and offer superior driving quality.
In the 20th century, no company had a greater impact on the lives of people around the world than Ford. Henry Ford put the world on wheels by mass-producing simple, reliable automobiles that the average family could afford. That remarkable legacy is now inspiring the people of Ford Motor Company to leave an equally indelible mark on the 21st century.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company 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. In Europe Ford employs over 60,000 people and operates in 42 markets.
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.