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Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. (French: Ford du Canada Limitée) was founded on August 17, 1904 for the purpose of manufacturing and selling Ford automobiles in Canada and the British Empire. It was originally known as the Walkerville Wagon Works, and was located in Walkerville, Ontario (now part of Windsor, Ontario). The founder, Gordon McGregor, convinced a group of investors to invest in Henry Ford's new automobile which was being produced across the river in Detroit.
The company is rolling out the urban SUV Ford EcoSport in June 2013. It had announced a $142-million investment on this. With Ford EcoSport, the Chennai plant will ramp up to full capacity (200,000 units). Last year, production touched 127,000 units.
As part of its plan to launch 8 new vehicles by 2015, the car maker is pumping in an investment of $1 billion for a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Sanand, Gujarat. The plant is coming up on 460 acre site. It will have an initial installed capacity to manufacture 270,000 engines and 240,000 vehicles a year. Coming up alongside the plant is the supplier park spread across 150 acres and the company has attracted 19 world-class supplier manufacturers to date. The plant is expected to commence production by 2014.