No fewer than $300 million will be invested in the Romanian facility to support LCV production, and the lineup will be expanded with “an all-electric model in 2024.” It’s very important to highlight that Ford hasn't mentioned a single name for the time being. Nevertheless, the culprit appears to be a family of city delivery vans the size of the Volkswagen Caddy.
“Craiova’s operations have a strong record of delivering world-class competitiveness and flexibility. Our plan to build this new light commercial vehicle in Romania reflects our continuing positive partnership with local suppliers and the community, and the success of the entire Ford Craiova team,” said Ford of Europe president Stuart Rowley. “Adding an all-electric version in 2024 means Craiova will be our third facility in Europe to build an all-electric vehicle. It follows recent investments this year in the Ford Cologne Electrified Vehicle Center in Germany and Ford Otosan’s Kocaeli plant in Turkey, sending a clear signal that we’re on an accelerated path to providing our commercial customers with a zero-emissions future.”
At the present moment, Ford of Craiova produces two crossovers and 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo powerplants. The sport utilities in question are the EcoSport and Puma. Despite their shared underpinnings, only the Puma is available with mild-hybrid assistance for the 1.0-liter engine and the 1.5-liter EcoBoost from the Fiesta ST hot hatchback.