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U.S. Ford Production Topped All Other Automakers In 2020

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U.S. Ford production eclipsed that of its competitors for 2020, marking the third straight year that the Dearborn-based firm assembled more vehicles in America than any other automaker. The news comes soon after The Blue Oval reconfigured several of its plants to manufacture all-new models of long-running nameplates like the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, and Ford Ranger.

For 2020, U.S. Ford production reached 1.7 million vehicles, which amounted to a whopping 188,000 more units than the next highest automaker. To put that number into perspective, that’s enough to be  one successful model’s worth of sales, as The Blue Oval sold slightly under 178,000 examples of the Ford Escape in the U.S. for the 2020 calendar year.

With so many Ford-branded vehicles being assembled in America, it’s no surprise that a high percentage of those vehicles are purchased by Americans. Over 82 percent of vehicles that Ford sold in the U.S. in 2020 were produced in America, up from 75 percent in 2019, a figure that’s pretty impressive when considering the generational changeover to the 2021 Ford F-150, which took place in 2020. And that’s to say nothing of the crippling effects brought on by COVID-19 in early 2020, which forced Ford to shut down production for about two months.

U.S. Ford production, at least in terms of vehicles, currently comes from eight assembly plants, with several of those having recently received upgrades to build a slate of all-new utility vehicles. The Ford Michigan Assembly plant is currently being reconfigured to churn out the 2021 Ford Bronco alongside the existing Ford Ranger, while the Ford Chicago Assembly plant continues the assemble the popular Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator crossovers, which were introduced for the 2020 model year as all-new models.

The Ford Dearborn Truck plant and Ford Kansas City Assembly plant also underwent some changes so they could produce the 2021 Ford F-150, although Ford staggered the tooling upgrades at both facilities to minimize any disruptions in production. Unfortunately, the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage has hampered production of the extremely popular truck, but if 2020 is any indication, Ford will once again power through any challenges to be the number one producer of vehicles in the U.S. for 2021.

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Comments

  1. Donald S DiCarlo

    Seems like this could be the reason there are many new 2020 Fords for sale at 30% off MSRP.

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    1. John

      Because they’re built in this country? Right.

      And, your point is spot-on, because GM, Toyota and Honda have 0 incentives and all of their vehicles sell for MSRP or above. Especially when they’re last year’s models. Ford might as well shut down, every news is bad news.

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  2. F

    BIdEn iS MakInG fOrD aBanDoN mUriCA

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  3. Thomas

    Go FORD 💯!

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  4. Thomas

    Go FORD 💯!

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  5. Thomas M

    Go FORD 💯!

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  6. Gary.

    Go FORD, and let me add if ANYONE IS buying a toyota or Honda at MSRP YOUR A FOOL! If your buying any auto at msrp remember the S STANDS FOR SUGGESTED…. 😉

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    1. Me

      MSRP = Manufacturers Still Robbing People

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    2. Richard

      Every Tesla is purchased at MSRP and the fan boys think it is great.

      Reply
  7. Richard

    I guess some people don’t understand the article. Ford topped the other automakers in “US” production. Ford did not overproduce, as evidenced by their low inventory levels. The other companies had more imported models.

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  8. John Deerborn

    At Ford, quality, is job one!
    At both Ford plant’s in Louisville, Ky. the Ford quality is second to none.

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  9. Ford Owner

    @F:
    The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is American, because Mexico is part of America, the design is American and the parts are made in America. If you still believe that Biden is doing something wrong, you must be a Trump dick lover!

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    1. Me

      Gas prices up 70 cents, tens of thousands of kids crossing the border they can’t keep track of, 770k jobless claims last week, yeah he’s doing great.

      Reply
  10. DIAN JOHNSON

    If we produced the highest amount of vehicles, then why was our profit sharing bonuses considerably lower than our counterparts.

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  11. Senchy

    Number one is staying on the top. What else is there to say. Proudly owner of 2021 F-150 (previous 2015 F-150).

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  12. Superduty

    @ Ford owner

    Where is stated that Mexico is part of the U.S.? Ford is Moving the Avon plant out of Ohio and into Mexico. Bye, Bye more us jobs. Biden is doing a great job keeping union jobs abroad isn’t he first the XL pipeline now this. Ford obviously sees the writing on the wall. Biden is going take out the bottom line with his corporate tax hike!!

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    1. Me

      They are not moving the plant.

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  13. Beth

    Strong tariffs forced Ford to keep jobs in USA is why I believe they had so many built here in 2020 BEFORE the election. AFTER election and 2021 is going to have completely different results that have begun already with multiple layoffs in at least four different states but billions of dollars being invested in other countries for the NEW products that were promised to be built in USA in contract. They will put the jobs where ever they can make the biggest profit and with poorly paid labor in foreign countries n and low tariffs we will lose even more jobs. Wait and see results the end of this year. It wont be good. It already has changed. Remember these are results for 2020.

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  14. robh

    Ford rebates? what rebates? I live in Hawaii and we have three Ford dealers on this one island, two of which are among the top sales volume dealers in the state. And there are no rebates that i could find when i was looking last year. I only wished they had 30% rebates!! Whenever you buy a ford, at least here, you can expect to pay top dollar for it. Often times, here, friends end up buying other makes because the pricing is so bad on Ford products. Last time i bought a Ford, I had to buy it in Guam while on military assignment down there as Ford has a special pricing program for overseas military personnel. So I had to buy the car in Guam and have it sent back to Hawaii as the Ford dealers in the state were high handed in their pricing. I don’t know how they sell so many vehicles here as they do with that. toyota is the same way here and again, that brand is also popular here. Even with the high pricing, i still rather have a Ford these days than a GM product. Years ago, GM had some strong, long lasting cars. ie: Cheverolet Caprice, Buick Roadmaster. Even their trucks were more rugged with thicker metal and strong reliability. Now, i hear that guys with silverado’s have all manner of problems with recent model years that they never had with older versions. Mostly things with electronics. but last year a coworker of mine had engine failure on a 3 year old high end, unmodified silverado. he only had it serviced at the dealer and the engine went bad after one of these routine visits. we all think the dealer did something to it. but incredibly, GM wouldn’t warranty it. I thought engines were warrantied for over 60,000 miles and he had less than 50,000 on it. but they made him pay for the new engine. I imagine his life long habit of buying Chevrolet trucks will be coming to an end and one of the local Ford dealers will be seeing him next time he buys a new truck

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  15. polly jackson

    Wonder why their profit sharing was so low for their employees? They treat their employees like crap

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  16. Eric S

    Wish I could see this as good news. I have an f150 that I cannot keep it on the road. The truck has been nothing but issue after issue. Between 29000 and 61000 miles I had, two water pumps, pulley, shift diff, tie rods, upper ball joints, coil springs, fuel pump, driver and passenger window motors, both cv joints, gas tank cover spring, steering rack which was electric, all replaced. Wont buy another Ford.

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