Looks like Mustang and 6 will be produced side by side.Flat Rock, Michigan - The 2005 Ford Mustang, which was first shown as a concept vehicle at the 2003 North American International Auto Show, will be built at AutoAlliance International (AAI) in Flat Rock, Michigan, Ford announced.
As part of the transformation toward more flexible manufacturing operations at Ford's North American assembly plants, Ford and AAI are investing more than $644 million in new equipment, including adding a second line in the body shop to accommodate the new Mustang.
Both lines have the capacity to run two platforms and run four models or body styles off each platform. While Mustang and Mazda6 will run on separate lines in the body shop, they will be produced on the same trim, chassis and final lines. "We will have the ability to change the mix, volume and options of products – all with minimal investment and changeover loss," said Phil Spender, AAI president.
AAI will be among the first wave of Ford plants to install next-generation flexible body systems. Four Ford assembly plants that will build the new 2004 Ford F-150 and the new 2005 Ford Freestyle and Ford Five Hundred will be the first to have new flexible production systems installed. Over the next decade, Ford expects to save up to $2 billion because its flexible system will cost 10 percent to 15 percent less than traditional systems, with an added 50 percent savings in changeover costs.
Production of the all-new Mustang, which is expected to add a second shift of employment at the plant, will begin in fall 2004.
Established in 1986 as a joint venture between Ford and Mazda, AAI currently employs about 1,900 hourly and salaried employees. AAI currently builds the all-new Mazda6, with class leading driving dynamics and performance.
Since its introduction in April of 1964, Mustang has been built at the Dearborn Assembly Plant, where Henry Ford produced the Model A and developed the Rouge complex, the world's largest and oldest industrial icons. Constructed in 1917, Dearborn Assembly Plant will be torn down as part of the Ford Rouge Center redevelopment to make way for the new Dearborn Truck Plant, which is scheduled to begin production of the all-new Ford F-150 in mid 2004. [/b]