Next-Generation Ford Focus to Be Built in China

Just as we told you, Ford and its Chinese joint venture, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA), will start the construction of a new production facility in Chongqing, China. The plant is projected to open its doors in 2012 and will manufacture the next generation Ford Focus, according to an official statement released by the US-based carmaker.

"Globally, we are committed to delivering a full lineup of Ford brand vehicles with best-in-class quality, fuel efficiency, safety and innovative technologies that our customers value and want to drive," Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally said. "Today's announcement reinforces our commitment to the further expansion of our China operations to meet the continued rise in demand from Chinese consumers for world-class Ford products and services."

Ford will invest $490 million in the plant, which will initially produce 150,000 units a year, boosting the whole production facility at CFMA operations to 600,000 units by 2012.

As said, the new plant will be in charge with the production of the new Focus, which will be displayed for the first time at the North American International Auto Show.

"This new passenger car facility represents a significant next step in the ongoing expansion plan of Ford's Asia Pacific and Africa region and underscores the central role of our China operations," said John Parker, Ford Motor Company executive vice president and president, Asia Pacific and Africa. "With the continued support of the Chinese government and hard work and dedication of our partners in China, we will continue to drive our operations forward in what is arguably the world's most dynamic auto market."
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