Ford to hire 5000 in US, 6000 in Asia

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Among the most critical launches is the all-new Mustang GT.

Ford is to add more than 11 000 new jobs in the United States and Asia in 2014 as it rolls out 23 new vehicles, the biggest launch year in the company's 110-year history.

The second-largest US automaker will hire more than 5000 workers in the United States, including 3300 salaried positions, as wel as 6000 workers in Asia.

The hiring comes as Ford plans to launch 23 new cars and trucks in 2014, 16 of which will be introduced in North America.

Among the most critical launches are an all-new Mustang sports car and a radical overhaul of its most profitable vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck.

“We have an unprecedented year of launches.”

Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford's operations in North and South America, said at a media event in Dearborn, Michigan: “We've always said we're going to keep investing in new models and the number of launches we have next year reinforces that.”

The number of global launches planned for 2014 is more than double that in 2013. Worldwide, Ford is on track to make six million cars and trucks next year. - Reuters

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