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Ford unveil ambitious plans for 2014

Car manufacturers certainly like to get ahead of the competition and Ford have revealed their ambitious plans for next year, which includes launching 23 new vehicles around the world.

To put that into perspective, it’s more than double the amount of cars that Ford built this year.

That’s not all; the American car manufacturer also plans to open two more manufacturing facilities in China and one in Brazil, as well as adding over 5,000 new jobs in America and 6,000 in Asia to meet customer demand.

Ambitious plans indeed, but this follows news that Ford is on course to produce six million vehicles around the world this year. In the UK alone, the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus have been the top two best-selling new cars in 2013.

In fact, Ford has also revealed the next step of its vision for the future in the Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle.

The vehicle will test current and future sensing systems and driver-assist technologies in North America, and plans to implement the technology to its next generation of road cars by the year 2025.

The technology involved in the Fusion uses four LiDAR sensors to scan the road ahead 2.5 million times per second and turn detected objects into a 3D map to help plan routes.

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said: 'The Ford Fusion Hybrid automated vehicle represents a vital step toward our vision for the future of mobility.

\'We see a future of connected cars that communicate with each other and the world around them to make driving safer, ease traffic congestion and sustain the environment. By doing this, Ford is set to have an even greater impact in our next 100 years than we did in our first 100.