All New Ford Focus production starts in Germany,
||Technologically advanced, all-new Focus starts
production at Ford's Saarlouis Assembly Plant in
||Saarlouis building all three Ford Focus bodystyles –
four-door, five-door and wagon – for the European market.
||500 new permanent jobs created to support Ford Focus
production in Saarlouis.
||All-new Ford Focus production to be expanded further
in mid-2011 in Russia, and in 2012 in China and Thailand.
||Early production models of four-door and five-door
models underway at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in
the United States.
||Developed in Europe for production on three continents,
the all-new Ford Focus will be sold in 120 markets
More than ten million Ford Focus vehicles have been sold since its
initial introduction in
1998, six million of which were sold in Europe
SAARLOUIS, GERMANY, December 6, 2010 – Volume production of the all-new
the first global Ford compact car, has begun at Ford's Saarlouis
Assembly Plant in South-West
The all-new Ford Focus is a key part of the One Ford plan to leverage
the company’s global assets. Following its unprecedented global
development program, the all-new Focus will be produced on three
continents and be offered for sale in over 120 markets worldwide.
Saarlouis Assembly Plant in the Saarland region of Germany, which
celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will be the single-source for
production of the all-new Focus in Western Europe, building all three
body styles – four-door, five-door and wagon, Production of the
high-performance ST model will be added in early 2012.
In North America, early production of the four-door and five-door models
of the Ford Focus is
already underway at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant.
Focus manufacturing will be expanded further in mid-2011 when Ford’s
plant in St. Petersburg,
Russia, begins building both four-door and five-door derivatives of the
Production in the Asia Pacific region will begin in 2012, when new Ford
plants come on-line in
Chongqing, China and Rayong, Thailand.
"This is an important day for Ford, the Saarland and for Germany," said
vice-president of Manufacturing, Ford of Europe. "Saarlouis is proud to
have been the lead plant for Ford Focus production in Europe since the
first model was launched in 1998. Throughout that time, its skilled and
dedicated workforce has worked hard to ensure that the plant is
recognized throughout the industry for its manufacturing efficiency and
With more than 6,500 employees and over €3 billion invested in the
facility’s ongoing development and continuous modernization, Ford's
Saarlouis Assembly Plant is among the leading vehicle production sites
in the European automotive industry. The plant is capable of
manufacturing up to 1,850 vehicles a day in three shifts. It currently
produces both Ford Focus and Ford Kuga model lines.
To further enhance manufacturing quality and flexibility in Saarlouis,
the plant has been upgraded with a €300 million investment programme to
produce the new Focus. This included €100 million for new robotized body
construction facilities, €75 million for new tooling, and €18 million
for new high-quality, low-emissions paint shop technology.
It was also announced ahead of the start of volume assembly today that
around 500 people
previously employed on agency contracts would be offered permanent Ford
contracts to help
support the production of the all-new Ford Focus.
More Than a Car,
The all-new Focus is a particularly significant vehicle for Ford and
will share around 80 per cent
parts commonality globally. It is built on the company's new global
C-segment platform, which will account for more than two million units
of annual production by 2012.
Distinguished by its sleek and sporty design, the new Focus is packed
with more affordable smart technologies and features than any competitor
in this segment.
New Focus also offers customers the highest standards of safety, quality
and detailed craftsmanship plus outstanding fuel economy, and takes the
legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.
Key innovations in the all-new Focus include the Low Speed Safety System
– available for the first time in a Ford – Active Park Assist, Lane
Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Traffic Sign Recognition, Auto High
Beam, Driver Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control.
To minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the all-new Focus offers
a choice of highly
efficient petrol and diesel powertrains, along with other features from
the Ford ECOnetic
Technologies programme including Auto-Start-Stop and an Active Grille
More than ten million examples of the Ford Focus have been sold around
the world since the first model was introduced in 1998. Six million of
these cars were sold in Europe, with Saarlouis
building almost 3.7 million of them.
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