Ford
of Canada benefited from improved vehicle sales and engine production in 2000,
although car and truck output did not sustain the record pace established in 1999,
the company said in a statement.

As a result, sales revenues from Ford’s Canadian operations totalled $Can24.6
billion ($US16.3 billion) in 2000, down 5.7 percent compared to $Can26 billion
($US17.1 billion) in 1999.

"Ford of Canada’s operational highlights included 283,000 new car and
truck sales in 2000, making it the second-best sales year since 1989. As well,
our Windsor-based engine plants produced a record 1.5 million engines,"
noted Bob Girard, Ford of Canada’s vice president, general sales.

He said Ford invested significantly in its Canadian operations during 2000,
including a new business support centre for Ford Credit in Edmonton, and, in
Ontario, the initial phase of a new paint facility at St. Thomas Assembly Plant,
plus the start of a combined 70,200 square metre (780,000 square feet) expansion
of two engine plants in Windsor.

The Windsor and Essex engine plants produced 1,511,000 million engines last
year, a new record and a nearly two percent increase over the 1,484,000 engines
made in 1999. Windsor produces the "Triton" series of engines while
Essex makes V-6 powerplants.

During 2000, Ford’s Canadian assembly plants built 630,000 cars and trucks,
compared to an all-time record 686,000 in 1999 — an 8.9 percent reduction.

The Ontario truck plant produced 114,000 F-Series pickups in 2000, the same
amount it made in 1999; the Oakville assembly plant built 280,000 Windstar minivans
for sale in over 50 countries – 8.5 percent fewer than in 1999, and the St.
Thomas plant assembled 236,000 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis
sedans, down 13.5 percent compared to 1999.