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    Ford on hiring spree ahead of bumper model launch year

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    Ford says it plans to add more than 11,000 workers to its payrolls next year.

    Five thousand of the jobs will be in the United States and 3,300 of those will be white-collar positions

    Ford will also hire more than 6,000 people in Asia where it is due to open two plants in China in 2014.

    The beefed up workforce come as the second-largest US automaker is set to roll out 23 new vehicles worldwide, the biggest launch year in its history.

    They include an all-new Mustang sports car and a radical overhaul of its most profitable vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck.

    “We have an unprecedented year of launches,” Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford’s operations in North and South America, said at a media event in Dearborn, Michigan. “We’ve always said we’re going to keep investing in product and with the number of launches we have next year, this reinforces that.

    Ford said that, worldwide, it is on track to make six million cars and trucks next year.