The new purchasing office of the Ford Motor Company of Canada has helped to drive more than $1.5 billion in new business to Canadian suppliers, bringing Ford's total buy of Canadian automotive parts and supplies to more than $6.5 billion. Bobbie Gaunt, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, made the announcement during her keynote address at the National Quality Institute's Canadian Awards for Excellence in Toronto today(26/10/00). Gaunt said the newly sourced parts will go into Ford's global production of cars, trucks, engines, transmissions and other components over the next several years.