“We continue to raise the bar on ourselves with standardized quality-driven processes in all areas of the company – design, product development, manufacturing and customer service,”

Today at Ford's Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada the first of the 2009 Ford Flex crossover rolled of the production line. A ceremony was held to celebrate the occasion and saw ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, the closest thing to Canadian royalty, coming out of a Flex.

In order to keep up with demand the plant is adding 500 new jobs in order to build enough of the Lincoln MKX, Ford Edge and now the Ford Flex cross-overs. “The products are selling as fast as we can build them. We’re adding another show-stopper vehicle, and we’re creating new employment,” said Barry Engle, Ford of Canada president and CEO.

“Today, we’re providing still more evidence that Ford is committed to delivering more products people want, further building on our crossover leadership,” Mark Fields, Ford’s President of The Americas. Even though US consumers are demanding more fuel efficient cars, the Ford Flex has been received well with its 17/24 mpg (city/highway) fuel economy.

The Ford Flex is scheduled to reach dealerships this summer.

Gallery: 2009 Ford Flex Rolls Off Production Line

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