Ford to build new vehicle at Kansas City plant

US car giant Ford plans to build an as yet unnamed new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri after production of the Ford Escape moves to its Louisville Assembly Plant.

Ford will invest $400m (£250m) in the Kansas City plant to install a new body shop, new tooling and other upgrades. In addition, the company has committed to retain 3,750 full-time jobs at the plant − consistent with current employment levels.

This includes the positions required to assemble the Ford F-150, which will continue to be built at the facility on a separate line.

The Kansas City assembly plant is the fourth North American facility Ford is retooling for production of new vehicles. The new vehicle planned for the plant will be announced at a later date.

The plant opened in 1951 and currently produces both the Ford F-150 and the Ford Escape.