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Is Ford American Made? Everything You Need to Know

Ford is the second-largest automobile manufacturer in the US after General Motors, and the fifth largest in the world behind Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai, and General Motors. It sold approximately 4 million vehicles to dealers and distributors in 2021, which was a difficult year for all car manufacturers thanks to the Covid pandemic. While the top five best-selling car models are dominated by Japanese models, Ford has the sixth most widely selling car in the Ford F-150, while the Ford Mustang is still the world’s best-selling sports coupe.

The vast majority of Ford’s models are manufactured in the US with notable exceptions being the Ford Edge, made in Canada; the Ford Fusion, made in Mexico; and the Ford Mustang Mach-E, also made in Mexico. And, in 2019, it was announced that the Ford Focus would be manufactured in China and Germany, although these are two of the model’s biggest markets. However, like most manufacturers, Ford uses parts from all over the world even in its US-manufactured cars.

car and road dividerAbout Ford Cars

Having already established one car company that would go on to become Cadillac, Henry Ford launched the Ford Motor Company in 1903. He had raised $28,000 from 12 investors, including John and Horace Dodge, who would later form the Dodge motor company.

Initially, just a few cars were made each day, but in 1908, Ford changed the way that cars were manufactured. The Ford Model T was the first mass-produced motor car and went on to sell millions of units in its 20-year life. Ford continued to innovate and introduced the first safety windshield, as well as the first low-priced V8-engined car.

In 2022, the company announced a major restructuring into three divisions: Ford Model E will create electric vehicles; Ford Blue will make traditional combustion engine cars; and Ford Pro will deal with the distribution and servicing of its vehicles.

ford logo on car's rear door
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Is Ford American Made?

Ford is widely seen as being an American car manufacturer, and with arguably good reason, because the vast majority of its car models are manufactured, or at least put together, in the US, across plants in a variety of cities and regions:

Model Location
Ford Bronco Wayne, MI
Ford Edge Ontario, Canada
Ford Escape Louisville, KY
Ford E-Series Avon Lake, OH
Ford Expedition Louisville, KY
Ford Explorer Chicago, IL
Ford F-150 Kansas City, MO
Ford Focus Germany & China
Ford Fusion Hermosillo, Mexico
Ford Mustang Flat Rock, MI
Ford Mustang Mach-E Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico
Ford Ranger Wayne, MI
Ford Super Duty Louisville, KY
Ford Transit Kansas City, MO

Does Ford Use American Parts?

Although most of America’s favorite Ford models are manufactured in the US, many of the parts are manufactured outside the States. The F150, for example, which is the company’s best-selling car globally thanks to its huge US sales figures is only 55% in the US, which means that 55% of its parts come from the US but 45% are sourced from overseas. The picture is similar to a lot of the company’s other models and trims.

Image Credit: Alex Blăjan, Unsplash

What Is Ford’s Most Popular Car?

The F150 is Ford’s best-selling vehicle with just over 600,000 units sold per year. In 2020, it was the US’s best-selling vehicle for the 40th year running, which is a considerable stretch at the top. It is practical and comfortable, and it remains an affordable vehicle. It is also the world’s sixth best-selling car behind five Japanese-made vehicle models.

car and road dividerConclusion

Ford is one of the biggest brands in the world and they sell their vehicles in more than 120 countries across the world. Despite this, the US manufacturer still manufactures the majority of its vehicles in the US with a handful made in Canada and Mexico, and the Ford Focus is now manufactured in China and Germany. Despite this, many of the parts for the US manufactured vehicles are sourced from overseas before being put together in the US.


Featured Image Credit: Jessy Smith, Unsplash

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