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Dearborn — Ford Motor Co. plans to add 5,000 U.S. jobs in 2014 as it prepares to launch 16 new vehicles in North America, the most in any one year of the automaker's 111-year history.

About 3,300 will be salaried positions in the Southeast Michigan area. The remaining 1,700 will be hourly hires spread out throughout the country. Seven North American plants will add capacity or get a new product next year.

Ford will introduce next-generations of its F-150 pickup truck and Mustang car and add a compact Lincoln MKC to its lineup in 2014, along with a new Transit van.

Ford had five North American vehicle launches in 2013.

The Dearborn automaker has struggled in recent years with launching products on time and with quality issues, but Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford's North and South American operations, said Ford is prepared for the 16 introductions and has revised launch protocol since its last big product year in 2012.

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This is great news. Any idea what the 16 introductions for North America will be?

For the US:
1. 2015 F-150
2. 2015 Mustang
3. 2015 Edge
4. 2015 MKX
5. 2015 MKC
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