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History of Ford Motor Company

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The Ford Motor Company was officially founded by Henry Ford on June 16, 1903. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world and is the largest family-controlled company in the world.

Henry Ford’s first jump into the automotive world came in 1896 when he built the Quadricycle. This vehicle used four bicycle wheels, a four-horsepower engine, a tiller instead of a steering wheel, and had only two forward gears and no reverse.​ 

After that, Ford joined the Detroit Automobile Company, but left after only one year. He continued his interest in automobile manufacturing and finally, with the help of 12 investors started the Ford Motor Company.
Ford sold the first Ford Model A on July 23, 1903 and had spent nearly all of its initial $28,000 cash investment. However, by October 1 of that year, the Ford Motor Company had accrued a profile of $37,000.​ 

In 1907, the official scripted Ford logo was introduced and is the same logo that is used today. The Ford oval would then be added in 1927.​ 

After the initial success of the Model A, Ford introduced the Model T. This vehicle is undoubtedly the most famous early automobile and forever changed the industry. With this simple, affordable, and durable model, consumers no longer had to be rich to own a car. By the time it ceased production in May 1927, Ford had sold 15 million Model Ts.​ 

Another industry-changing Ford innovation came in 1913, when Ford introduced the integrated moving assembly line to production. This reduced the assembly time for the Model T chassis from 12.5 to 1.5 hours and started a manufacturing revolution.​ 
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Ford’s first truck, called the Model TT, was introduced in 1917 and was rated at one ton. The first F-Series line of trucks came out in 1948 and was available in eight sizes. This truck eventually led to the present day F-150 and since 1982, the F-series has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States.​ 

In 1964, we saw the introduction of another Ford icon, the Mustang. It defined the pony car class and was an immediate success. It quickly became one of the fastest-selling vehicles in the world.

Since then, Ford has continued to shape the automotive market with vehicles like the Taurus, the Focus and the Explorer. It has also led the way with technology features like SYNC, which was first available in 2008 and MyFord.​ 

The Ford Motor Company has been leading and shaping for over 100 years by always looking to the future. Let’s see where the next 100 years will take us.​ 
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