On December 1st, one of the local divisions in Ford of Europe’s production networks has had a double celebration – and their self-gift was worthy of international recognition.
East-European nation Romania is well known for its Dracula connection but in the world of automotive buffs we’re more interested in the connection with global automakers – Renault and Ford. The first is well known for putting local brand Dacia in the news – first with its extremely affordable Logan model during the economic crisis and now for being one of the smart buy brands and sharing an interesting success story akin to Volkswagen’s Skoda. On the other hand Ford of Europe is now the second national manufacturer in Romania after taking over local producer Automobile Craiova in 2007. The latter actually has a background of four decades, previously producing cars through a joint venture with Citroen and Daewoo in the 1990s.
Ford’s Craiova plant in Romania has been producing the Ford Transit Connect, the B-Max compact minivan and will start building the new Ford EcoSport next year. It’s also one of the main production locations of the company’s award winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. To properly celebrate on December 1st both the National Day of Romania and the plant’s fortieth anniversary, they prepared a hugely entertaining Gymkhana-inspired video. While Ken Block is not at the wheel, his substitute is more than capable – Simone Tempestini is the JWRC champion and double national champion in Romania.