Ford of Canada commits C$150 million ($97.6 million) to upgrade the paint process at its St. Thomas, Ont., assembly plant, home of Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis and the Mercury Marauder slated for production in 2002. A 100,000-sq.-ft. dip phosphate and electro-coat facility should be complete by year's end to improve corrosion resistance by dipping car bodies in zinc phosphate. Volkswagen AG's Puebla, Mexico, assembly plant learns of production cuts and an investment to expand ...

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