Ford Motor plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers in the US this year to support the planned rollout of a range of new vehicles.

The US based carmaker said it added more than 8,100 hourly and salaried jobs in the US in 2012 as it increased production capacity and expanded its engineering and manufacturing operations. Included in that number were about 1,000 jobs repatriated from international locations, including suppliers in Japan and Mexico.

"As we expand our product lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles, we need more people in critical areas," said Ford Americas President Joe Hinrichs. He mentioned engineering activities, vehicle production, computer software and other IT functions in this context.

Ford said it will expand its use of social media to reach new technology-savvy workers. It is also increasing its efforts to recruit military veterans.