For this year’s Beijing Auto Show, Ford prepared four new vehicles, of which three will be SUVs, as part of an overall plan to introduce 15 new vehicles in China by 2015.
The company has not given any further details besides the fact that three of the soon to be launched vehicles will be SUVs. One model will be the Focus ST, the 250-horsepower ST edition part of the new Focus range that will go into production in May at Ford’s joint-venture plant in Chongqing. This vehicle will feature the improved SYNC connectivity system which understands Mandarin.
“The ST will be the performance flagship of our new Focus range, and we are excited to provide our enthusiast customers the opportunity to see it at Beijing,” said Nigel Harris, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford Motor China. “The ST represents an ultimate expression of Focus driving quality and performance.”
Ford has big plans for China, where it plans to bring in more green and smart technology vehicles from their state of the art manufacturing facilities located at Chongqing. Ford hopes to increase their worldwide sales by 50% by mid decade to about 8 million vehicles annually.