Ford Inaugurates New Engine Plant in China

Following an agreement between Ford’s Chinese joint venture Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) in collaboration with the Chongqing Municipal Government, a new engine plant broke ground today Chongqing. The facility will proper Ford vehicles designed specifically for the local market.

The new Ford engine plant in Chongqing required a total investment of $500 million and will help double CFMA's annual engine production capacity in China to 750,000 units when it comes online in 2013.

This is one of various new investments that Ford has made to support its aggressive expansion plan in China. Last July, Ford's commercial vehicle partner in China, Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), which produces the Ford Transit, broke ground for a new USD 300 million vehicle assembly plant in Nanchang. JMC

In April of this year, Ford announced that it will bring 15 new vehicles to China by 2015. These products will strengthen Ford's position in existing segments while driving new growth in others. In addition, Ford signed an MOU in May to build its first transmission plant in the country, also in Chongqing, with an initial annual capacity of up to 400,000 units. Early next year, Ford's second passenger-car assembly plant in Chongqing will begin production, starting with the new Ford Focus.

Ford plans to double the number of employees and dealership outlets it has in China by mid-decade.

"Today's ground-breaking ceremony represents yet another milestone in Ford's accelerated expansion plan for China. This plan reinforces our commitment to aggressively grow the Ford brand in China and offer a full range of exciting, fuel-efficient vehicles to Chinese customers,"
said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, and chairman and CEO of Ford China.
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