FMC Form 8k 01/23/2006

Washington, D. C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report: January 19, 2006
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Item 2.05. Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On January 19, 2006, Ford Motor Company committed to a plan to, among other things, idle and cease production at 14 manufacturing facilities, including seven vehicle assembly plants, by 2012 in its North American automotive operations. This will reduce Ford's assembly capacity by 1.2 million units, or 26% in North America, by the end of 2008. This also will reduce total employment by 25,000 to 30,000 people during the period 2006 through 2012. See our related press release, filed as Exhibit 99 and incorporated by reference herein, for a discussion of the facts and circumstances surrounding this action.

The costs associated with this action through 2006 are estimated to include pre-tax charges and cash expenditures of $250 million for hourly personnel separations, and pre-tax charges (primarily non-cash) of $220 million for fixed asset write-offs. We cannot at this time reasonably estimate these types of costs associated with this action beyond 2006.

In addition, in connection with this action, we are reviewing costs relating to the guaranteed employment numbers ("GEN") provision of our collective bargaining agreement with the United Auto Workers union. Under this GEN provision we are required to pay idled workers who meet certain conditions substantially all of their wages and benefits for the term of the current agreement. Heretofore, we have had relatively few employees subject to the GEN provision; however, we expect the number of employees subject to the GEN provision to grow over the next few years as a result of the action described above. We are presently assessing the amount of, and the appropriate accounting treatment for, these GEN costs, including the extent, if any, to which future GEN costs should be accrued in the first quarter of 2006.

Item 2.06. Material Impairments.

In connection with the preparation of Ford's consolidated financial statements for the year ended 2005, we concluded that a non-cash, pre-tax charge of $1.3 billion for the impairment of the fixed assets of our Jaguar and Land Rover operations was required to be incurred in the fourth quarter of 2005. This conclusion was made upon determination that the carrying value of the long-lived assets of this operating unit exceeded their fair market value.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.


Method of Filing
Exhibit 99
News Release dated
Filed with this Report
January 23, 2006




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: January 25, 2006
/s/Kathryn S. Lamping
Kathryn S. Lamping
Assistant Secretary




Exhibit 99
News Release dated January 23, 2006