Ford plans to double engine production in the Chinese market, according to CEO Alan Mulally.
Ford will manufacture 750, 000 engines annually in the Chinese market at its new Changan facility which will be opened today, June 19th. Currently, Asia is the automaker’s third-largest region for engine manufacturing after the US and Europe.
“This kind of expansion is nearly unprecedented, and it really reflects the level of commitment we have to this region,” Mulally said in a statement.
Through its China Changan Ford Automobile JV, Ford will produce the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and the 1-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Ford developed the 1.5-liter engine especially for China, as it helps drivers in the region avoid a $300-annual tax. Still, both engines will be fitted in the following US models, being manufactured in European plants, and not Chinese.
Ford reported sales in China up 45% in May, with record figures for passenger vehicle sales. Ford said it has sold 70,540 passenger vehicles in China in May, with the Focus compact keeping its place as the best-selling nameplate in the region. The new Focus and the older generation Focus sold 27,345 units, an increase from 23,140 units sold in May 2012.
Source: The Detroit News