Ford to Increase Foreign-Built Parts on 2 Models

From Times Wire Services

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that it will increase the number of foreign-built parts on its Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria large cars to classify them as imports, enabling Ford to more easily meet federal fuel economy standards.

Ford also said it will raise the U.S. content of its Ford Probe and Mercury Tracer small cars as part of the same effort to meet Environmental Protection Agency mileage requirements. Under present fuel economy regulations, Ford faces tougher fuel economy standards for domestically produced cars than for models classified as imports.

Ford said it did not anticipate significant job losses due to the action.

Ford spokesman Joel Pitcoff said both actions will take effect during the 1992 model year.

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