Ford today announced its Oakville Assembly plant, located about 30 minutes outside of Toronto, Canada, has officially begun production of the 2015 Ford Edge for global export to over 100 countries. Additionally, the Oakville plant also announced it will hire 400 new employees in order to support the launch of the updated mid-size crossover.
The Oakville plant underwent renovations last year after receiving a $700 million investment from Ford in order to continue production of the popular Edge. Ford says the transformation turned the facility into “one of the most competitive and advanced global manufacturing plants in Canada.”
As a result of the enhancements, the Oakville site will be able to produce vehicles more quickly and efficiently in order to meet increased consumer demand. Ford says worldwide demand for utility vehicles such as the Edge has increased 88 percent since 2008 and segment sales now account for 19 percent of the global automotive market.
The Edge will be shipped to South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and will eventually be offered in Europe for the first time after receiving a right-hand drive option as well as an available diesel engine.
“The all-new Ford Edge is a true global vehicle and a showcase of Ford’s product excellence,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas. “Thanks to the new capabilities at Oakville Assembly, the 2015 Edge delivers improved driving dynamics, quality, quietness, interior space and even more technology, and we are proud for our Canadian team to start bringing Edge to customers in even more markets around the world.”