1901 - Henry Ford creates the Henry Ford Company
1902 - Twelve
investors including Henry Ford and John and Horace Dodge (later
founders of the Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicle Company) invest
in a factory to create automobiles. The Henry Ford Company becomes
the Cadillac Motor Company.
1903 - Ford
launches its first vehicle, the Model A
1903 - Ford was founded on the 16th of June, 1903 by Henry
Ford. Ford was 40 years old when he started his motor company.
- Ford becomes international with Ford of Canada
1907 - Ford
launches the Model K and the Model S, both expensive compared
to their competitors and produced at a rate of only a few per
day with groups of people working on each car. The blue oval
trademark was also introduced.
1908 - The
famous Ford Model T vehicle began production. It was a revolutionary
automobile and one of the first "affordable" vehicles
to be produced, mostly because of Henry Ford's innovative assembly
line set up which allowed him to mass produce cars for the first
1909 - Ford's
first year of full production on the Model T, building approximately
18,000 cars and beginning to use an assembly line technique.
1911 - International
branches of Ford open in England and France.
1913 - Ford
finalizes his car assembly line on the Model T in order to create
mass production of an automobile. This is also the world's first
moving assembly line production. Ford's plants have an output
of 202,667 cars.
1914 - Ford
increases employee pay which decreases employee turnover, increases
moral and productivity and further decreases the price of the
1915 - Henry
Ford goes on a peace mission to Europe to try and end World
1919 - Edsel
Ford, Henry's son, takes over as president of the company. 50%
of all the cars in the US are Fords.
1927 - Ford
begins using four wheel brakes on its cars. The company also
begins issuing credit to consumers and finally retires the Model
T , having produced 15 million.
1922 - Ford
created a luxury devision of the company with a brand called
Motor Company, named after the American president Abraham
1929 - The
Soviet Union agrees to build auto factories within its borders
using Ford's designs and parts but under a Soviet name. These
autos are later used as military vehicles.
1932 - Ford
creates the first one-piece cast V8 block engine.
1939 - Nazis
seize Ford factories in Germany, using the Ford assembly line
to promote their war effort.
1939 - The Mercury
brand of cars was created to serve the middle classes or
mid range priced vehicles.
- The Willow Run plant is built using the Ford standards of
mass production to build B-24 Liberator aircraft at a rate of
one an hour.
1943 - Willow
Run goes into action, producing B-24 airplanes for WWII. Edsel
Ford also dies of cancer, forcing Henry Ford to resume control
over company operations.
1945 - Henry
Ford II, Henry Ford's oldest grandson, becomes the new president
of Ford Motor Company.
1947 - Henry
Ford dies and approximately 7 million people mourn his passing.
1948 - Ford
F-1 truck is introduced to the public.
1954 - Ford
introduces the Thunderbird.
1956 - The
Ford Company goes on the market with publicly traded stocks.
The Ford family still owns 40% of the company stocks.
1964 - Ford
creates the Ford Mustang and the Ford GT40.
1985 - The
Ford Taurus and the Ford Aerostar, Ford's first minivan, are
introduced to the market
1989 - Ford
acquires the Jaguar brand of cars.
1998 - Volvo Group sold its passenger vehicles arm of the business
to focus on commercial vehicles. Ford's luxury arm Premier Automotive
Group bought Volvo Cars for $6.45 billion USD.
- Ford acquires the Volvo car division from Volvo.
2000 - Ford
acquires the Land
Rover brand from BMW.
2007 - Ford sells the famous British high performance car Aston
- Ford sells the Land Rover and Jaguar
divisions to Tata Motors in an attempt to downsize during a
2010 - Ford Motor Company sold the Volvo
Cars company to the Chinese company Zhejiang Geely Holding
Group (makers of Geely Automobile).