Ford Motor Co. officially plans to begin building its new 2-seat Thunderbird in spring 2001 as an '02 model instead of 2000, sources tell Ward's. While Ford hasn't said when it planned to build the car, Jac Nasser, Ford chief executive, had hinted it would be built in late 2000 as an '01 model. Ford decided to push back the official launch because workers at its Wixom, MI, plant already have their hands full and can cope with only so much complexity, sources say. Production of ...

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