Ford Motor Co. has announced plans to hire 2,200 U.S. employees in the coming year, the most for the Michigan-based automaker in more than a decade. The move will be the company’s biggest increase since 2001, when it added 3,300 workers. Ford continues to expand its U.S. light-vehicle sales after selling 14.5 million of them last year, the best annual total the company has seen in five years. Ford president Joe Hinrichs says he is looking forward to an exciting year. The hiring “is about supporting the introduction of great new products and the pace of those new products,” he says.