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Ford Motor Company has started production in the Oakville Assembly Plant of the all-new 2015 Ford Edge for global export to more than 100 countries.
To support the global launch of the Ford Edge, Oakville Assembly also announced the addition of 400 new employees to supplement the 1,000 new employees that were announced last year.
With an investment of $700 million, the Oakville Assembly plant has undergone a retooling and expansion, transforming it into one of the most competitive and advanced global manufacturing plants in Canada.
The Ford Edge will eventually be shipped around the world, from North America and South America, to Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
With the addition of right-hand-drive and a diesel engine, the Edge will also be exported for the first time to Western Europe.
The enhancements at Oakville Assembly will enable Ford to shift production more quickly and efficiently to meet increasing consumer demand. Worldwide demand for utility vehicles is up 88 per cent since 2008 and utilities now account for 19 per cent of the global automotive market, with the segment expanding more than three times the rate of the vehicle industry overall.
The all-new 2015 Ford Edge will be the first Ford vehicle in North America powered by the company’s new twin-scroll 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
The 2015 model is the first Edge to come standard with EcoBoost power.
This new twin-scroll 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine is expected to be more responsive and fun to drive, with better performance feel, compared to the current 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine.