Ford is planning to build six new trucks in 2021, with a total capacity of 5,000 vehicles, and to ramp up production in the U.S. by 2026, the company said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.
The company said it was also working on a pickup truck and a small pickup.
It would be the largest order of trucks made by the company in more than 30 years.
Ford said in January it had agreed to sell the business it started in 1979 to a joint venture that includes Toyota Motor Corp. and GM.
The announcement comes amid a national debate over the future of the nation’s manufacturing workforce, with President Donald Trump saying the U,S.
has “a lot of jobs that can’t be outsourced.”
Ford said it would be adding about 7,000 jobs over the next three years, but added that the overall jobs plan was “a far cry from the 3.5 million jobs that were created in the United States in the past 15 years.”
The company also said it had made investments in its own factories and suppliers in recent years.
It added that it expects to spend $8.4 billion in 2019 on capital projects, including a $1.4-billion investment in its factory in China and a $2.5 billion purchase of two Ford Fusion electric vehicles.
Ford’s investment in China is a first, as the automaker has previously said it has been looking for opportunities to expand its presence there.
Ford did not specify what its investment in Fusion will involve.
In addition to Fusion, Ford is also developing electric cars and has begun work on a truck with a “low-volume” gasoline engine.
Automakers have been increasingly focusing on electrifying vehicles to address the rising cost of fuel and the rising demand for transportation.
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