Just three weeks before the official Job 1 date, Ford Motor Co. already is searching for ways to boost output of its all-new Escape sport/utility vehicle (SUV) at its Kansas City, MO, plant. With 35,000 sold dealer orders so far, Ford now says Kansas City will build closer to 110,000 units (Escape/Mazda Tribute) by year's end, not 70,000 as was first forecast. The company also is searching for a way to increase production for Europe. While capacity at Kansas City is 260,000 vehicles, ...

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