Consecan, Ontario, resident rewarded for clocking 1 million km on 'Built Ford Tough' F-150 pickup

OAKVILLE, Ont., January 31, 2000 - Sandy Rumney will be looking good when he steers his red Ford pickup down the streets of Consecan, Ontario, toward its next million kilometres.

He'll be decked out in some flashy new Ford truck sports apparel, to acknowledge the one million kilometre milestone on his ride-of-choice - a 1979 Ford F-150 pickup.

Rumney, a 36-year-old environmental officer with the Department of National Defense in Trenton and the vehicle's third owner, bought his Ford truck in 1988 with about 300,000 kilometres and has since logged over 700,000 himself. "When I bought the truck, I knew Ford's reputation for building tough, quality trucks," says Rumney. "But I never dreamed I'd roll the odometer over 1 million!"

To acknowledge the roads travelled and distance covered by Rumney's Ford truck, which still sports its original paint and body, Ford of Canada has presented him with items from the Ford Motor Company Collection, including a Ford Trucks jacket, baseball cap and key chain.

"We always appreciate hearing from proud Ford owners and we are privileged to have Mr. Rumney's testimonial to the quality and durability promises we extend to our customers," says Brant Noltie, Ford of Canada Truck Group Brand Manager. "It's times like these we know the phrase "Built Ford Tough" truly reflects reality."

The Ford F-Series continues to sell well among Canadian consumers. With 79,785 sales in 1999, F-Series was Canada's best-selling vehicle nameplate for the sixth consecutive year, and the best-selling full-size truck for an astonishing 34 consecutive years.

Ford of Canada is Canada's longest-established automobile company with three vehicle assembly plants, five manufacturing plants and 567 dealerships located in all provinces. Ford's Canadian operations employ approximately 17,000 people and an additional 22,400 are employed in dealerships.