No Kidding: Ford will increase Focus production by 30% to meet demand

Yes, you read that right. FoMoCo announced today that it will increase production of the Ford Focus by 30 percent in 2008 in order to meet the strong demand for the redesigned model.

Ford sold 49,070 Focus units in the first three months of 2008, which translate to a 23 percent increase from the same period in 2007. Ford Focus now claims 7.6 percent of the U.S. small car market, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from a year ago.

Ford now plans on building 245,000 Focus units in 2008, up from 191,000 in 2007. Employees at the Wayne Stamping and Assembly’s plant will have to put in some extra hours and Saturday shifts in order to meet the goal.

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