History of the Ford Motor Company


History of the Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company has a long, rich history, marked by innovation and inspired by economic circumstance. From the invention of the assembly line itself to the brilliant, lightweight design of the 2016 Ford F-150, it's clear that Ford has always been and always will be a powerhouse of the automotive industry.

Here are a few highlights in Ford history: 

  • 1903: Henry Ford launches the Ford Motor Company, slowly creating a few different versions of cars over the next few years.
  • 1908: The Model T gets the first engine with a removable cylinder head.
  • 1913: Ford first introduces the now-famous assembly line, changing the manufacturing world forever.
  • 1927: Ford introduces yet another bar-raising creation: safety glass in vehicles' windshields.
  • 1956-1957: The innovation continues, with Ford introducing rear seatbelts, child-proof door locks, and more.
  • 1964: The brilliant technicians at Ford Research Labs invent a device that measures magnetic fields, proving that Ford Research goes beyond the automotive industry.
  • 1980s: The public first hears the legendary slogan, "Have you driven a Ford lately?"
  • 1990s: As Ford continues to release new vehicles and upgrade its lineup, other automakers attempt to compete.
  • 2000s: Ford is certainly not immune to the economic downturn of the United States, though the company continues onward.
  • 2010-2015: With the Great Recession in the rear window, Ford stands tall as one of the market's most successful automakers.
  • Today: Ford dominates the automotive industry, offering vehicles that are consistently the best-selling in its segments and constantly introducing innovative safety technology.

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