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Ford Engineers In Mexico Contribute Heavily To Automaker

Ford has filed more patents than any other automaker in recent years, a notable statistic given the fact that it signals The Blue Oval is keen to innovate as much as possible – giving it a notable competitive advantage. Patents don’t always come to fruition, but as we’ve seen time and time again over the years, many do, and in the hyper-competitive automotive world, those ideas can make a huge difference in terms of sales. Thus, it’s also interesting to learn that Ford Mexico files a large number of patents on its own, too.

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In fact, Ford Mexico has filed 252 patents with the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) since 2014, in addition to 401 registered in other countries – which is the second most behind only Ford’s U.S.-based operations. Some of the many Ford Mexico patents that have come to life are the frunk design present in the Ford Mustang Mach-E, its battery frame, and the rear bumper on the Ford Bronco Sport, to name just a few.

“Mexican ingenuity has a big and positive impact for Ford and for drivers who can access the most innovative cars on the market,” said Juan Santillán, director of Product Development at Ford of Mexico. “We are proud to be able to say that our country contributes more than 60 percent of the patents registered in Ford’s name. Patents are the way to protect our ideas and promote continuous improvement in the automotive industry.”

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Ford Mexico plays such a big role in this process that the automaker just opened a new, high-tech Global Center for Technology and Business (GTBC) back in the fall of 2022, which houses one of the largest engineering centers in Latin America. However, Mexico isn’t the only global unit in Ford’s portfolio cranking out new ideas – in fact, the Ford Brazil team is responsible for the Remote Rev feature present in the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang, too.

We’ll have more on Ford’s global operations soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Tigger

    Ford engineers in Mexico contribute even more to the bottom line being paid pennies on the dollar compared to the US counterparts. It is clear where are the US white collar jobs that are disappearing are moving to.

  2. Lurch

    I’m happy to see this. Any engineer who solves a problem deserves credit. Mexico needs to be recognized as more than a source of inexpensive labor.

  3. Ford Owner

    ¡Felicito a los gran Ingenieros de Mexico! Soy Ingeniero Electricista y reconozco el labor de ellos en sus autos fabricados de Ford, ya que poseo un Fusion Híbrido de 2014 que nunca me ha fallado.


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