Ford to add 5 electrified vehicles and 12,000 jobs this year in the U.S. image

Ford CEO Alan Mulally said at the Detroit motor show that the carmaker will launch five new global products and will create 12,000 jobs in 2012.

Mulally made the comments at the global premiere of the 2013 Ford Fusion, Fusion hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. Mulally considers 2012 to be a milestone year, as Ford will add five electrified vehicles in North America: two Fusions, two for the Ford C-Max and one for Lincoln, which will debut the new MKZ Tuesday.

„We will have the most fuel-efficient lineup in the company’s history,” Mulally was quoted as saying by the Detroit Free Press. The Fusion Hybrid will replace the current model introduced in 2009 and will switch from nickel hydride to smaller, lighter and more powerful lithium ion batteries.

According to Mark Fields, Ford president for the Americas, the entry-level Fusion will be priced as close to the outgoing model as possible. He added that fuel prices will be an important factor that will decide how many hybrids Ford will sell. “We’ll be ready for the customer preferences, whatever they are,” Fields told the Detroit Free Press, adding that all versions of the car will come from the same plant in Mexico.