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Ford pushes green cars, to create 7,000 jobs in US

AFP, DETROIT, Michigan

Ford Motor Co announced on Monday it would hire 7,000 more US workers during the next two years as it pushes into the green car market and the industry continues to recover from its recent slump.

Promoting its first fully electric car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford said it was creating a swathe of hourly and salaried posts.

Ford chief executive Alan Mulally said the company wanted to have a full complement of green cars that are attractive to customers as oil prices rise.

Ford earlier announced that 7,000 jobs will be added this year and next year, including 4,000 assembly plant posts and 2,500 manufacturing positions.

“Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want,” Ford Americas president Mark Fields said.

Ford will hire salaried engineers to work on electric vehicles in Detroit and eight other US cities, the company said.

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