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Ford raises production as sales begin rebound

- — Associated Press

Ford will increase production of six models this year, half of them electric, as the company and the auto industry start to rebound from sluggish U.S. sales in 2022.

The automaker announced Friday that it plans to build more of the Mustang Mach-e, the Bronco Sport SUV and Maverick small pickup, the F-150 Lightning electric pickup and the Transit and E-transit gas and electric full-size vans.

To help increase production, the company last year said it would add a third shift and 1,100 jobs at its full-size van plant in Claycomo, Mo., near Kansas City, and another 3,200 jobs related to building the F-150 Lightning, which is made in Dearborn, Mich.

Ford will also hire an unspecifie­d number of new workers this year at plants in Cuautitlan and Hermosillo, Mexico, where the Mach-e, Maverick and Bronco Sport are made, according to spokesman Said Deep. Production line speeds will increase shortly to raise production, with more workers coming later, he said.

For more than two years, U.S. auto sales have been depressed largely due to a shortage of computer chips during the coronaviru­s pandemic. But the chip shortage is easing and automakers like Ford are starting to increase production.

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