Ford is an American multinational automaker that has its main headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
1. Ford was the first car company to offer a safety cage around the driver and passenger. 2. In 1907, Ford produced over half of the world's automobiles. 3. In 2013, a study showed that people who drive Fords are happier than those who drive any other car brand.
In 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company, which would go on to become one of the largest and most influential automakers in history. On October 1, 1908, the Ford Model T—the first car to be mass-produced on an assembly line—rolled off the line at Ford's Highland Park Plant in Michigan. Within five years, half of all cars in America were Model Ts.