In Africa Ford's market is traditionally the strongest in South Africa and neighboring countries, and only trucks are sold elsewhere on the continent. Ford in South Africa began by importing kits from Canada to build the facility at Port Elizabeth. Later, Ford sources its models from the UK and Australia, with local versions of Ford Cortina including the XR6, with an engine 3.0 V6, a Cortina 'bakkie "or pick-up, which was exported to Britain. In mid-1980's, Ford merged with a rival company owned by Anglo American, to form the South African Motor Corporation (Samcor).
Following international condemnation of apartheid, Ford withdrew from South Africa in 1988 and sold his stake in Samcor, although a license to use its brand for the company. Samcor began to assemble Mazdas as that influenced him to identify the product, which saw the European rivers, as escorts and Sierra replaced by the Mazda-based Laser and Telstar. Ford bought 45 percent stake in Samcor after the fall of apartheid in 1994, and it later again, in the year a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company of South Africa. Ford now sells a local sedan version of the Fiesta (also built in India and Mexico), as well as Europe and the Mondeo. In the Falcon model from Australia are also sold in South Africa, but was discontinued in 2003.
Ford market presence in the Middle East has traditionally been even smaller, partly because of previous Arab boycotts of companies working with Israel. Ford and Lincoln vehicles are currently on the market in ten countries in the region.  Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and UAE are the largest markets. Ford also established itself in Egypt in 1926, but faces strle during the 1950's due to the hostile nationalist business environment.  Ford dealer in Saudi Arabia announced in February 2003 that it sold 100,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles since the beginning of sales in November 1986. Half of the Ford / Lincoln vehicles sold in that country were Ford Crown Victorias.  In 2004, Ford sold 30,000 units in the region, not far from General Motors''88852 units and Nissan Motors' 75,000 units.
In South America, Ford has had to face protectionist government measures in each country, with the result that it built different models in different countries, with particular attention to streamlining and economies of scale inherent in production, and similar vehicles of exchange between nations. In many cases, new vehicles in the country were based on those from other manufacturers it had entered into an agreement with the production, or whose factories it had acquired. For example, Corcel and del Rey in Brazil were originally based on the cars Renault.
In 1987, Ford, Ford Brazil and Argentina to combine its operations with those of Volkswagen to create a company called Autolatina, with which it shared models. Data on sales and profitability were disappointing, and Autolatina was dissolved in 1995. With the advent of Mercosur, a regional common market, Ford, finally, an opportunity to streamline its products in those countries. Thus, Ford Fiesta and Ford EcoSport only built in Brazil, and the Ford Focus only built in Argentina, with each plant exporting in large quantities to neighboring countries. Models of Ford Mondeo from Europe could now be imported completely established. Ford Brazil produces a pick-up truck version of the Fiesta, "Courier", which is also produced in South Africa as the Ford bantam in the right-hand drive versions.
At first, Ford in Germany and Ford in Britain built different models from one another until the late 1960s, with the Ford Escort and then the Ford Capri being common to both companies. Later on, the Ford Taunus and Ford Cortina became identical, produced in left hand drive and right hand drive respectively. Rationalization of model ranges meant that production of many models in the UK switched to elsewhere in Europe, including Belgium and Spain as well as Germany. The Ford Sierra replaced the Taunus and Cortina in 1982, drawing criticism for its radical aerodynamic styling, which was soon given nicknames such as "Jellymould" and "The Salesman's Spaceship."
Increasingly, the Ford Motor Company has looked to Ford of Europe for its "world cars," such as the Mondeo, Focus, and Fiesta, although sales of European-sourced Fords in the U.S. have been disappointing. In Asia, models from Europe are not as competitively priced as Japanese-built rivals, nor are they perceived as reliable. The Focus has been one exception to this, which has become America's best selling compact car since its launch in 2000.
In February 2002, Ford ended car production in the UK. It was the first time in 90 years that Ford cars had not been made in Britain, although production of the Transit van continues at the company's Southampton facility, engines at Bridgend and Dagenham, and transmissions at Halewood. Development of European Ford is broadly split between Dunton in Essex (powertrain, Fiesta/Ka, and commercial vehicles) and Cologne (body, chassis, electrical, Focus, Mondeo) in Germany. Ford also produced the Thames range of commercial vehicles, although the use of this brand name was discontinued circa 1965. Elsewhere in continental Europe, Ford assembles the Mondeo range in Genk (Belgium), Fiesta in Valencia (Spain) and Cologne (Germany), Ka in Valencia, and Focus in Valencia, Saarlouis (Germany) and Vsevolozhsk (Russia). Transit production is in Kocaeli (Turkey), Southampton (UK), and Transit Connect in Kocaeli.
Ford also owns a joint-venture production plant in Turkey. Ford-Otosan, established in the 1970s, manufactures the Transit Connect compact panel van as well as the "Jumbo" and long wheelbase versions of the full-size Transit. This new production facility was set up near Kocaeli in 2002, and its opening marked the end of Transit assembly in Genk.
Another joint venture plant near Setúbal in Portugal, set up in collaboration with Volkswagen, formerly assembled the Galaxy people-carrier as well as its sister ships, the VW Sharan and Seat Alhambra. With the introduction of the third generation of the Galaxy, Ford has moved the production of the people-carrier to the Genk plant, with Volkswagen taking over sole ownership of the Setubal facility.
In 2008, Ford acquired a majority stake in Automobile Craiova, Romania. Starting 2009, Ford Transit Connect will be Ford's first model produced in Craiova, followed, in 2010, by low-capacity car engines and a new small class car.
Ford Europe has broken new ground with a number of relatively futuristic car launches over the last 50 years.
Its 1959 Anglia two-door saloon was one of the most quirky-looking small family cars in Europe at the time of its launch, but buyers soon became accustomed to its looks and it was hugely popular with British buyers in particular. It was still selling well when replaced by the more practical Escort in 1967.
The third incarnation of the Ford Escort was launched in 1980 and marked the company's move from rear-wheel drive saloons to front-wheel drive hatchbacks in the small family car sector. It also offered levels of style, comfort and refinement which were almost unmatched on comparable cars of this era.
The fourth generation Escort was produced from 1990 until 2000, although its successor - the Focus - had been on sale since 1998. On its launch, the Focus was arguably the most dramatic-looking and fine-handling small family cars on sale, and sold in huge volumes right up to the launch of the next generation Focus at the end of 2004.
The 1982 Ford Sierra - replacement for the long-running and massively popular Cortina and Taunus models - was a style-setter at the time of its launch. Its ultramodern aerodynamic design was a world away from a boxy, sharp-edged Cortina, and it was massively popular just about everywhere it was sold. A series of updates kept it looking relatively fresh until it was replaced by the front-wheel drive Mondeo at the start of 1993.
The rise in popularity of small cars during the 1970s saw Ford enter the mini-car market in 1976 with its Fiesta hatchback. Most of its production was concentrated at Valencia in Spain, and the Fiesta sold in huge figures from the very start. An update in 1983 and the launch of an all-new model in 1989 strengthened its position in the small car market.
In Australia and New Zealand, the popular Ford Falcon has long been regarded as the average family car, and it is much more than Mondeo, Ford's largest car sold in Europe. Between 1960 and 1972, the Falcon was based on the American madel of the same name, but has since fully developed and manufactured in Australia, occasionlly being produced in New Zealand. Like its rival General Motors, a Holden Commodore, the Falcon uses a rear-wheel drive layout. High performance variants of the Falcon is a locally built engines produce up to 362 hp (270 kW). A Ute (short for "utility", known in the United States as a pickup truck) version is also available with the same range of drivetrains. In addition, Ford Australia sells a well-tuned limited production Falcon sedans and Utes, through its separation efficiency of cars, Ford Performance Vehicles.
In Australia, the Commodore and Falcon have traditionally outsold all other cars and make up over 20% of the market for new cars. In New Zealand, Ford was second in the market in the first eight months of 2006 from 14.4 per cent.  More recently, Ford has axed its Falcon basis LWB version of its model range - in the Fairlane and LTD varies, and announced that their Geelong plant for the production of engines can be shut down from 2013. They also announced the local production of Focus small car starting in 2011.
However, in connection with the acquisition of stake in Japanese manufacturer Mazda in 1979, Ford began selling in the Mazda Familia and Capella (also known as 323 and 626) as the Ford Laser and Telstar, replacing European sources Escort and Cortina.
In Australia, the Laser was one of Ford Australia is the most successful models, and were produced in Ford's Homebush plant from 1981 until the closure of the plant in September 1994. It outsold in the Mazda 323, despite the fact that almost identical to it, due to the laser was manufactured in Australia, and Ford was perceived as a local brand.
In New Zealand, Ford Telstar and Laser were collected along with the Mazda 323 and 626 to 1997, to the vehicle assemblers New Zealand (VANZ) plant in Wiri, Auckland. In Sierra car was also assembled in New Zealand because of the popularity of station wagons in this market.
As part of its relationship with Mazda, Ford also acquired a stake in South Korean manufacturer Kia, which built the (Mazda-based) Ford Festiva from 1988-1993, and the Ford Aspire 1994-1997 for export to the United States, but later sold their interest to Hyundai (which is also manufactured at the Ford Cortina until 1980). Kia continued to market Aspire as Kia Avella, later replaced by Rio de Janeiro, and re-sold in the United States.
Ford presence in Asia has traditionally been far less confined in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan, where Ford has a joint venture with Lio Ho in 1970. Ford began assembling cars in Thailand in 1960, but were withdrawn from the country in 1976, and did not return until 1995, when it established a joint venture with Mazda called Auto Alliance. 
Ford India began production in 1998 with its Ford Escort model, which was subsequently replaced by on-site production of Ford IKON in 2001. She added, because the Fusion, Fiesta, Mondeo, and to strive for its products.
Today, Ford Motor Company manufactures automobiles under several names including Lincoln and Mercury in the United States. In 1958, Ford introduced a new marque year Edsel, but poor sales led to its cessation in 1960. Later, in 1985, Merkur brand was represented in the market of the river in the United States from Europe, he met a similar fate in 1989.
Ford has major manufacturing operations in Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, China, as well as several other countries, including South Africa, where, after retirement during apartheid, it once again has a daughter. Ford also has a cooperation agreement with Russian automaker GAZ.
Ford acquired the British Sports Car Maker Aston Martin in 1989, but sold it on 12 March 2007,  while retaining a small minority stake, , and Volvo Cars in Sweden. In November 2008, it reduced its 33.4% controlling interest in Mazda of Japan, at 13.4% non-controlling interest.   He shared the American joint venture plant in the apartment of Rock, Michigan called Auto Alliance with Mazda. It rotates out of its parts division under the name Visteon.
Ford sold the United Kingdom-based Jaguar and Land Rover companies and brands to Tata Motors of India in March 2008.
Also in 2008, Ford Motor in talks with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation to sell its Volvo Cars division. 
Ford to sell part of the division of FoMoCo Aftermarket parts under the brand Motorcraft.
Ford of non-manufacturing operations include organizations such as the automotive finance operation Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford also sponsors many sports activities and facilities around the nation, and especially the Ford Center in Oklahoma City and Ford Field in the heart of Detroit.
Overall, Ford Motor Company controls the following operational automobile brands: Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and Volvo Cars.
In 2008, Lincoln-Mercury brands fell to an American customer satisfaction index in the list of 83, with 86 in 2007.
In the second half of 2005, Chairman Bill Ford said the recently appointed Ford Americas Division President Mark Fields to develop a plan for returning the company to profitability. Paul viewed the plan, called the road ahead, and on 7 December 2005 meeting of council, and he was open to the public January 23, 2006. "Way Forward" includes resizing the company in line with current market realities, dropping some unprofitable and inefficient models, consolidating production lines, as well as the closure of the fourteen plants and 30,000 job reductions. 
These reductions correspond to the Ford Foundation, nearly 25% decline in U.S. automotive market share since the mid-late 1990's. Ford target is to become profitable again in 2009, a year later than planned. [Citation needed] Ford's reorganization also includes the sale of its subsidiary, Hertz Rent-A-Car to Private Equity Group for $ 15 billion in cash and debt acquisition. Sale was completed on December 22, 2005. A 50-50 joint venture with Mahindra and Mahindra Limited of India called Mahindra Ford India Limited (MIFL), ended with Ford Mahindra buyout the remaining shares in the company in 2005.  Ford previously upped its share to 72% in 1998. 
President and CEO of Ford became president in April 2006 with the retirement of Jim Padilla. Five months later, in September, he resigned as president and chief executive officer, and the names of Alan Mulally as his successor. Bill Ford continues as Executive Chairman and the executive committee of the operating account Mulally, Mark Schulz, Lewis Booth, Don Leclair, and Mark Fields.