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Ford Cars

Ford Motors was formed by Henry Ford in 1903 near Detroit, Mich. Ford started the company with $28,000 in funding that had come from investors like John and Horace Dodge, who would later go on to form the Dodge car company a few years later.

Henry Ford was an early experimenter with automobiles after previously working for Thomas Edison. His ambition with his own company was to build affordable cars that for the average American. Ford realized that ambition almost instantly with the Model A, which was released in 1903. However, the most impactful Ford was the Model T, which was released in 1908.

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The Model T enjoyed a 20-year run of production while it was purchased by more than 16 million Americans. It became the first mass-produced vehicle to catch on with the public at large mainly because it was simple to drive with the price of a very affordable $825. The Model T was also significant as the first automobile to use assembly lines. The entire assembly line process for building automobiles, as we now know, was developed by Ford Motors during the company’s formative years.

Ford Through The Years

While Ford is technically the second largest automobile company in the U.S., it’s still regarded as the first name in American cars around the world. The early success of the Model T established the brand as a mainstay.

Ford followed up on the Model T’s success by acquiring Lincoln Motor Company in 1925. Ford used the Lincoln brand to expand into the luxury car market just as it began using the Mercury marque to develop mid-priced vehicles.

Ford’s most iconic vehicle in the postwar era was the Thunderbird, which came out in the 1950s. A sporty two-seater and available as a convertible and a coupe, the Thunderbird, most commonly known as the T-Bird, featured innovations like power windows. During the 1960s, Ford also produced a number of iconic vehicles including the popular Ford Falcon and the car that helped establish the standard for the American muscle car, the Ford Mustang.

The 1970s impacted Ford heavily, just as it did other American auto manufacturers. Middle Eastern oil crisis’ and new government regulations forced Ford to reevaluate and reconfigure their product line. Ford followed the trend toward more compact, economical vehicles by acquiring part of Japanese car company, Mazda.

By the 1980s, Ford had reestablished itself as a powerhouse in the American automotive industry. Its compact Ford Escort was enormously popular and the Ford Taurus, unveiled in 1986, helped to redefine the modern midsize vehicle class. During the 1990s, SUV-crazed Ford produced the very successful Ford Explorer, a midsize SUV that was one of the most popular American made sport utilities of the era. Ford also expanded its global brand significantly during this period, acquiring British brands such as Jaguar and Aston Martin in the late 1980s and Volvo in the late 1990s.

However, like most U.S. automakers, Ford was forced to downsize in the last 10 years. While Fords are still popular with U.S. drivers, the company offloaded many of its foreign holdings including Jaguar, Aston Martin, Land Rover, and Volvo.

Ford Models

Ford produces a number of popular vehicle models. One such vehicle is the Ford F-150 truck. As a full-size pickup truck, the F-150 was the best selling vehicle in the United States for more than two decades and retained its status as the best selling truck for more than three decades. The current model of the F-150 is powered by a Triton V-8 and features a lighter chassis to allow for greater fuel economy, heightened safety, and increased payload capacity.

In 2005, Ford reintroduced the Mustang, implementing a design that read like a modern take on the classic look of late 1960s models such as the one famously featured in the Steve McQueen film, “Bullitt.” Powered by a modular three-valve V-8 and equipped with a five-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic, the Mustang once again proved itself popular with drivers who crave the thrill of an all-American muscle car.

Unveiled in 2006, the Fusion is currently another one of Ford’s most popular vehicles. A four-door midsize sedan, the Fusion is available in standard and hybrid versions. Sized somewhere between the compact Focus and the full-size version of the Taurus, the Fusion was named Motor Trend's "Car of the Year" in 2010.

Another of Ford’s currently popular vehicles is the Flex, a crossover SUV that was unveiled in 2008. A five-door SUV, the Flex features front-wheel drive and is available with a Duratec V-6 or the more efficient EcoBoost V-6.

Ford Products and Technologies

Ford is also responsible for one of the most widely driven American made hybrid vehicles on the market like the Escape, which is a hybrid crossover vehicle that is affordably priced and popular with drivers for its economy, reliability, and versatility.

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Ford Aerostar

1997-1995 | Minivan/Van

The Ford Aerostar is also well known for its unique design.

Ford Aspire

1997-1995 | Compact, Hatchback

The Ford Aspire resembles a variety of other small, compact cars and mini wagons that appear on the market.

Ford Bronco

1996-1995 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Ford ran production on the Bronco from 1966 to 1996.

Ford C-Max

2013 | Hybrid, Wagon

Ford C-MAX Energi

2015-2014 | Hybrid, Wagon

Ford C-MAX Hybrid

2015-2014 | Hybrid, Wagon

Ford Contour

2000-1995 | Midsize, Sedan

In addition to enjoying some of the spotlight in Europe, the Ford Contour is also known for replacing the Ford Tempo in the manufacturer’s U.S. line up.

Ford Crown Victoria

2007-1995 | Midsize, Sedan

The name "Crown Victoria" first appeared on a Ford in 1955, then reemerged after a decades-long absence on the 1979 Ford LTD.

Ford E-150

2014-2002 | Minivan/Van

The Ford E-150 will never be mistaken for any other vehicle class or style as it looks exactly like the stereotypical van.

Ford E-150 Econoline

2001-1995 | Minivan/Van

The Ford E-150 Econoline van was the best-selling, full-size van on the market since 1980.

Ford E-250

2013-2002 | Minivan/Van

Ford E-250 Econoline

2001-1997 | Minivan/Van

As a commercial hauler, the Ford E-250 Econoline does the job but lacks the design for great fuel economy.

Ford E-350

2014-2002 | Minivan/Van

The Ford E-350 Super Duty is the most rugged and well-equipped model available in the E-Series.

Ford E-350 Econoline

2001-1995 | Minivan/Van

The Ford E-350 Econoline is part of Ford’s successful E-Series and is one of the longest running series of vans still in production today.

Ford Edge

2014-2007 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Edge is a well-designed entry in the popular crossover market.

Ford Escape

2015-2001 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Ford Escape, a compact four-door SUV, was first introduced in 2001.

Ford Escort

2002-1995 | Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon

Ford Excursion

2005-2000 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Ford Excursion holds records for excess.

Ford Expedition

2015-1997 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

In 1997, Ford introduced the Expedition, a full-size SUV.

Ford Explorer

2015-1995 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Ford Explorer Sport

2003-2001 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Generally speaking, when talking about a motor vehicle, if someone uses phrases like ""hobby-horse ride"" or ""can cause sea sickness"" or ""rocks and sways like a carnival ride,"" it indicates that said vehicle leaves much to be desired.

Ford Explorer Sport Trac

2010-2007, 2005-2001 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

Part pickup, part SUV, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac was a unique vehicle that was originally introduced in 2001.

Ford F-150

2014-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

Ford F-250

2015-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

The Ford F-250 falls in an extremely competitive vehicle class, that of the heavy-duty pickup truck.

Ford F-350

2015-1999, 1997-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

The Ford F-350 Super Duty is a muscular full-size pickup truck that has been available in its current incarnation since 1999.

Ford F-450

2015-2008 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

Ford Fiesta

2015-2011 | Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

The Ford Fiesta saw production for three years in the 1970s.

Ford Five Hundred

2007-2005 | Midsize, Sedan

The Ford Five Hundred was a full-size sedan that was available between 2005 and 2007.

Ford Flex

2014-2009 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Introduced in 2009, the Ford Flex is a full-size crossover vehicle that provides an alternative to minivans and large SUVs.

Ford Focus

2014-2000 | Compact, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon

The Ford Focus, introduced in 2000, is a subcompact car that replaced the Ford Escort.

Ford Focus BEV

2014 | Compact, Hatchback

Ford Freestar

2007-2004 | Minivan/Van

The Ford Freestar, introduced in 2004, is a minivan that replaced the Ford Windstar.

Ford Freestyle

2007-2005 | SUV, Utility/Offroad, Wagon

The Ford Freestyle, introduced in 2005, is a crossover vehicle that offers seating for seven and competes among crossovers, wagons, and other SUVs.

Ford Fusion

2015-2006 | Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

The Ford Fusion, a midsize family sedan, was introduced in 2006.

Ford Fusion Energi

2015-2013 | Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

Ford Fusion Hybrid

2015-2014 | Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan

Ford GT

2006-2005 | Coupe, Sports

The Ford GT is a mid-engine, two-seater sport coupe produced for the 2005 and 2006 model years.

Ford Mustang

2015-1995 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

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Ford Probe

1997-1995 | Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

Get all of the facts about the Ford Probe

Ford Ranger

2011-1995 | Truck, Utility/Offroad

The first Ford Ranger released in America was first produced in 1982 for the 1983 model year.

Ford Shelby GT500

2014-2007 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Few cars are more desirable to drivers of all ages and demographics than the Ford Mustang.

Ford Taurus

2015-2008, 2006-1995 | Midsize, Sedan, Wagon

A true blockbuster for the Ford company, the Taurus is still around today and is the fourth oldest nameplate for the company in North America.

Ford Taurus X

2009-2008 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The short-lived Ford Taurus X was an oddity, but hidden gem in the Ford fleet, that was produced between 2005 and 2009.

Ford Thunderbird

2005-2002, 1997-1995 | Convertible, Coupe, Hatchback, Sports

The Thunderbird is considered as one of the great muscle cars, and even luxury cars, produced in the United States.

Ford Transit

2015 | Minivan/Van

Ford Transit Connect

2015-2010 | Minivan/Van

Ford Windstar

2003-1995 | Minivan/Van

The Ford Windstar entered the market for two different stretches of time.

Ford ZX2

2003-2002 | Compact, Coupe

Introduced in 1998, the Ford ZX2 was a sportier version of the Ford Escort and was produced for half a decade before being discontinued in 2003.

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