June 20, 2013

Ford more than doubles China engine production capacity with new Chongqing plant

Ford took the latest step in its historic industrial expansion in Asia Pacific with the official opening of a US$ 500-million new engine plant in Chongqing at its joint-venture in China Changan
Ford Automobile (CAF).

With an initial capacity of 400,000 units, the new Changan Ford Engine Plant (CAFEP) more than doubles Changan Ford's engine production capacity of 350,000 units, helping to meet rapidly growing demand for its vehicles in China. As one of Ford's largest and most advanced engine plants in the world, it employs technologies to minimise environmental impact by reducing water, chemical and electricity usage, and significantly cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

"his new engine plant is world-class," said Alan Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford. "The engines produced here and the process by which they are manufactured represent the latest in sustainable and green manufacturing processes. The 1.5- and 1.0-litre engines produced will help power Ford's continued growth here in the world's largest automotive market."

Ford will initially manufacture two engines at CAFEP: a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder, and Ford's award-winning 1.0-litre three-cylider EcoBoost engine. Producing engines for vehicles including the Ford EcoSport and Fiesta, CAFEP will help to support Ford's plan to introduce 15 new vehicles in China by 2015.


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