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1993 FORD RANGER LAUNCHED WITH NATIONWIDE IMPACT

 1993 FORD RANGER LAUNCHED WITH NATIONWIDE IMPACT
 LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company


(NYSE: F) is buying close to $1 billion worth of parts from about 350 suppliers in North America to launch the redesigned 1993 Ford Ranger -- creating a positive economic impact on the automotive industry nationwide.
 The first new Ranger rolled off the line today at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant. On hand were Alex Trotman, executive vice president - Ford North American Automotive Operations, Plant Manager Les Tischler, UAW Local 862 Chairman Steve Stone, and cheering representatives of the plant's 3,700 employees.
 "The new Ranger development program not only benefits Ford suppliers, but it affects many aspects of the local and national economy," said Trotman. "More than 4,000 employees will build the truck at three of our plants, with a combined payroll of more than $150 million. Then our 4,600 Ford dealers will take over and start selling Rangers in October."
 The 1993 Ranger created a $650 million re-tooling project at Louisville Assembly and two other Ford plants -- Edison (N.J.) Assembly and Twin Cities Assembly in St. Paul, Minn., both of which start making '93 Rangers in September. New equipment also was installed at Ford's Woodhaven (Mich.) and Chicago Stamping Plants, which supply parts for these assembly plants.
 The re-tooling of the Edison plant also will accommodate changes for a version of the Ranger that Ford will build for Mazda beginning in the spring of 1993.
 "The fact that the Louisville facility is the lead plant for the new Ranger is another feather in the cap of the fine work force here -- and another step toward making Louisville a major Ford Motor Company hub in the nation," said Trotman.
 The plant also makes the hot-selling Ford Explorer and Navajo sport utility vehicle for Mazda. Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant in the city is currently undergoing a $650 million expansion program that will create 1,400 new jobs.
 In January, the company announced it will invest more than $500,000 to establish a new homologation center at Louisville Assembly to support annual exports of more than 6,000 Explorers to Europe, beginning in 1993.
 Trotman pointed out that the '93 Ranger launch features a simultaneous build process similar to the successful program used in the launch of the 1992 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable at Ford's Atlanta and Chicago Assembly Plants.
 Ranger has been among the industry's five top-selling truck nameplates in the past seven years, and is now in its sixth year as leader in the compact pickup segment -- with a 26.2 percent segment share. Through Aug. 20, Ranger sales are up 9.1 percent for 1992 over the same period last year.
 Since introduction in 1982, more than 2.8 million Rangers have been sold -- and another 300,000 are expected to be sold over the next year.
 -0- 8/26/92
 /CONTACT: Tom Boyle, 404-577-2277, or Bill Carroll, 313-322-1300, both of Ford Motor Company/
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