Ford in germany

Until 27 January 1950 all Ford's European operations other than in the USSR were run from Dagenham and owned by Ford Motor Company Limited, Dearborn's 55% owned subsidiary. In Ford Motor Company Limited's published reports to their British shareholders Germany and the other Ford European interests were referred to as 'the associated companies'. These associate companies had been established in order to allow for substantial holdings by local shareholders. On the outbreak of the second world war those shares in Ford Motor Company AG not belonging to German shareholders were placed under the control of the German Commissioner for dealing with enemy property.

The company was re-organised in 1939 and changed its name to Ford-Werke.[4] With the outbreak of the War, car production continued at first with the Taunus being made until 1942 but increasingly military production took over. Ford-Werke built trucks and armored personnel carriers for the German armed forces. The company also manufactured the V3000 V-8 truck series. Most notably, Ford-Werke manufactured the turbines used in the V-2 rockets that produced thousands of civilian deaths[neutrality is disputed] Britain. In spite of the heavy bombing of Cologne, the factory got off relatively lightly and after the war production was able to restart in May 1945 with truck manufacture, the US government having paid $1.1 million in consideration of bombing damage.

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Detroit finally realized the problem. In 1967 it merged all European operations into Ford of Europe, headquartered in UK. Britain and Germany still took the lead of product development, but in a coordinated way. Now the whole Europe is offered with the same Escort, Capri and new Cortina / Taunus.

In the following decades, Cologne gradually took the upper hand in the power game as the European continent market is much bigger than the UK. In the 1990s, the development of all cars, with the exception of Fiesta, had been moved to Cologne. Britain lost its power further in 1999 when the headquarters of Ford Europe also moved to Cologne. 3 years later, its Dagenham plant ceased car production. Since then the Britain was turned into a R&D and production base for engines and commercial vehicles.

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Ford Motor Company recently announced they would be changing over from larger, naturally aspirated engines to smaller ones using single or twin turbochargers and intercooling systems with direct fuel injection. In Ford speak, that’s Gasoline Turbocharged Direct injection (GTDi).

In direct fuel injection engines, the fuel is shot under high pressure directly into each cylinder’s combustion chamber by an injector positioned near the spark plug. In contrast, many of today’s systems the fuel is injected into the intake tract behind the intake valves. Direct injection allows for a cooler charge, more compression and more boost than port-injection. Ford is working with Honeywell turbocharging systems and integrated electronics that control fuel injection, boost, and engine electronics including ignition and valve timing.Read more: Ford’s New Engines Bring More Power, Torque & Fuel Economy, May Power F-150: Detroit Auto Show Preview - Popular Mechanics

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