USA: Ford closing five plants, job cuts now total 35,000
Ford Motor Company on Friday confirmed that it is to close five US plants and halt production of four ageing models -- the Mexican-built Ford Escort and the US-built Mercury Cougar coupe, Villager minivan and luxury Lincoln Continental -- by the end of the year, reducing the company's North American production capacity from 5.7 million vehicles a year to 4.8 million.
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