As America's oldest auto manufacturer, Ford and its vehicles have a special place in American culture. Henry Ford launched the first attempt at a car manufacturer under his own name known as the Henry Ford Company in November of 1901. Eventualy becoming the Cadillac Motor Company on August 22, 1902, after Ford left with the rights to his name. What is known today as the Ford Motor Company was launched in a converted factory in 1903 with twelve investors, most notably John and Horace Dodge (who would later found Dodge).Vehicles like the Ford F-150 and Mustang have become all-time best sellers thanks to the reputation they've developed as solid automobiles for hardworking people.
During the company's early years, the Ford Motor Company produced just a few cars a day at its factory in Detroit, Michigan. Groups of two or three men worked on each car, assembling it from parts made mostly by supplier companies contracting for Ford. In keeping with the industrial age, the company lead the world in the expansion and refinement of the assembly line concept. Ford's reputation for quality and value has helped it become one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. With over 20 vehicles, ranging from the fuel-sipping Hybrid Fusion to the heavy-duty Ranger, Ford offers something for everyone.
Ford trucks are what the company has since become known for the most, producing trucks since 1908. Ford's heavy trucks division was sold in 1997 to Freightliner Trucks, which rebranded the lineup as Sterling. Ford continues to manufacture medium duty trucks under the F-650 and F-750 badges. In 2001, the company entered into a joint venture with Navistar International to produce medium duty commercial trucks. Ford has also manufactured vehicles under such well known brand names as Loncoln (1922 to present), Mercury (1939 to 2011), Merkur (1985 to 1989), Jaguar (1989 to 2008), Aston Martin (1989 to 2007), Volvo (1999 to 2010), and Land Rover (2000 to 2008).