Changan Ford to Start Construction of Third Chinese Plant

Changan Ford will begin construction of the new plant in China on September 25 and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2010. The new factory is projected to roll off the assembly lines around 100,000 vehicles per year, with capacity to be expanded to 300,000 units per year in the future.

According to a report by, the new plant will bring the overall capacity of Changan Ford Automobile Co. - a joint venture between Ford Motor Co and Changan Motor - to 510,000 units, as the alliance already holds two plants. The existing facilities are located in Chongqing and Nanjing respectively, with capacity of 250,000 and 160,000 units each.

The factory will build SUVs, crossovers, Ford Focus and Mondeo models, especially for the Chinese market.

Changan Ford recently rolled out the 400,000th Focus, a model that proved to be quite successful in China. The American manufacturer says it sold more than 10,000 units in July, which represents the fifth consecutive month when this particular model exceeds the 10,000 unit mark. Through the first seven months of this year, Ford brand vehicle sales were 123,474 units, representing a 21.5% increase over the same period last year.

"We’re proud to celebrate the production of the 400,000th Ford Focus, which was launched here in China four years ago,"
said Jeffrey Shen, President of CFMA.

"With its outstanding styling and drivability, world-class engineering and safety, Ford Focus is firmly established as a star product in China’s highly competitive mid-sized car market. The success of this exciting car reflects Ford’s commitment to the Chinese market – to always provide our Chinese customers with products they want and value."
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