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Journal: Ford Planning Changes in Escort Production

January 7, 1987

DETROIT (AP) _ Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $400 million in expanding its Wayne assembly plant, where it will shift production of the popular Escort model, an automotive industry trade journal says.

Metalworking News said in Monday’s editions that expansion, retooling and upgrading of the suburban Detroit plant would allow Ford to convert another Escort plant - either in Edison, N.J., or Oakville, Ontario - to produce other vehicles.

Ford spokesman Jay Meisenhelder said Tuesday the automaker had no firm plans to expand the Wayne plant.

Ford has sold more than 400,000 Escorts in each of the last two model years. Mazda Motor Co. Ltd. is redesigning the car and plans to introduce a new model in about three years.

Metalworking News also said Ford planned to alter the appearance of its Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars. The trade journal called the first change a ″minor freshening″ for 1989 models, but said a second, more dramatic change was due in 1991 models.

Meisenhelder declined comment on the alleged planned changes, saying, ″We simply don’t discuss future products.″

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