Auto maker will upgrade a 200,000-square-foot building where it now modifies Explorers into versions for cops.
Would have to repair more than 6 million trucks and SUVs at a cost of US$1.2 billion.
Growing sales for Expeditions and Navigators are driving a 20% production boost at the Louisville plant.
That still leaves the majority of the cuts hitting white-collar workers and Canadians.
Several hundred of the workers will be moved to truck and SUV factories where jobs are being added.
Oakville complex currently assembles Edge, Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT, all sport utility vehicles.
Demand is driving 25% more production of Lincoln Navigators and Ford Expeditions.
Automaker says it could save $1 billion and avoid recalling up to 6.8 million full-size 2007-2011 pickup trucks and SUVs.
CO2 fuel economy data show 2016 was higher than model year 2015 by only one-tenth of a gallon.
Plan is to reduce material costs by $10 billion by 2022 through new deals with suppliers and simpler designs.
Beijing wants electric cars to make up 8% of every brand’s production as soon as next year.
Will shift focus to battery-powered cars, digital services and SUVs.
Transition will impact the automaker’s manufacturing footprint across the globe.
DesRosiers says overall sales improved 9.3% for best March.
Second row window seat belts in RAV4s could be compromised in a crash.