SAO PAULO — Ford Motor Co. launches its long-awaited new Project Amazon plant in Camacari, Salvador, on Oct. 12, which will employ 5,400 workers and build small cars and vans. In addition to the environmental landscaping — with an Atlantic coastal rain forest, lakes and natural grasses — the factory, which represents a US$1.2 billion investment, is a bold departure for Ford in several other ways. For one thing, it’s located in metropolitan Salvador, in Brazil’s sparse Northeast, a region ...

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