Slump in Canadian Ford Exports
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CANADA will become the major market for home-built Ford products, stated Mr. Douglas B. Greig, president of Ford Motor Co. of Canada, Ltd., at the company's annual meeting. " Because of international unrest and uncertainties," the overseas markets on which the company had so long depended for a large part of its business could not, at least for the moment, be counted upon to take a major part of the output, as was the case before the war.
Mr. Greig said that production for the Canadian market in the first quarter of 1949 exceeded all previous records for a similar period. Last year the company sold 63,955 vehicles in Canada, compared with a 1935-39 average of 30,144.
BY TRACTOR-TRAILER TO THE HALL
LYME PARK, believed to be the only National Trust property ,to have its own transport service, put a fresh set of vehicles into use at Easter. Starting on Good Friday, they carried 10,000 passengers during the holiday period on the 11-mile trip between the gates and Lyme Hall.
The distance which has -to be covered by visitors makes transport virtually a necessity and last year facilities were provided by means of special Lister trucks, described and illustrated in "The Commercial Motor" on April 16, 1948.
The new units employed are two Planet 16 h.!). oil-engined tractors, each of which, at busy times, tows three 12-seater trailers. These are mounted on pneumatic tyres and have canopies for protection from sun or rain. Transverse seats are fitted and most of them are reversible.
A fare of 6d. is charged for the 11-mile journey. During slack times the Lister machines continue to be used.