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NEW RANGER PRODUCTION PLANS ANNOUNCED

 NEW RANGER PRODUCTION PLANS ANNOUNCED
 DEARBORN, Mich., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F)


will re-tool and re-equip, beginning in June, three North American assembly plants to produce the re-designed 1993 Ford Ranger compact pickup truck.
 The $650 million program will be carried out at the Edison Assembly Plant in Edison, N.J., the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky and the Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minn. The company also will install new equipment at its Woodhaven (Mich.) and Chicago Stamping Plants.
 The Edison and Twin Cities plants will complete production of 1992- model Rangers in June, and will re-open for production -- after plant changes -- in September.
 The Louisville plant, where Ford Explorers and Mazda Navajos also are produced, along with the Ranger, will be the lead plant in the program. It will launch the 1993 Ranger utilizing a simultaneous build process similar to the successful program used in the launch of the 1992 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable.
 Production of the 1993 Ranger will begin in August at Louisville and at Twin Cities and Edison in mid-September.
 The re-tooling of the Edison plant will accommodate changes for both the Ford Ranger and for a version of the Ranger to be built for Mazda beginning in the spring of 1993.
 Seniority hourly employees at Twin Cities and Edison affected by the re-tooling program will be covered by income and job security provisions of the current Ford-UAW Agreement.
 The new Ranger, the leader in the compact pickup segment of the industry, will go on sale at Ford dealerships in October.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Carroll of Ford, 313-322-1300/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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