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.