May 22, 2014

Ford Otosan opens new $511-million facility in Turkey to exclusively build Ford Tourneo Courier and Transit Courier

Ford Otosan, the Turkish-based joint-venture between Ford Motor Company and Koc Holding, officially launched vehicle production at a modern, all-new vehicle production facility in Yenikoy, Turkey.

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and Ali Y. Koç, Board Member,
Koç Holding and Chairman, Ford Otosan led the ceremony marking the start of production at the new $511-million plant which is launching production of the Ford Transit Courier small commercial vehicle and Ford Tourneo Courier entry-level people-mover.

"Ford Otosan is one of the longest-lasting and most successful joint-ventures in the global auto industry and today marks another great milestone in this partnership," said Bill Ford. "This new plant is a testament to the drive and commitment of the men and women of Ford Otosan, and our success will continue to grow as we move forward together."

Ali Y. Koç added, "Today is another milestone in the history of Ford Otosan in its 55th year of partnership between Ford Motor Company and Koç Holding. Ford Otosan has been given the responsibility for producing two all-new vehicles for the completely refreshed Ford commercial vehicle and people-mover range and which will compete in growing market segments and be built in a brand new plant. This is a great opportunity to grow and prosper in the future."

"The new Courier models were developed by 500 engineers in our R&D centre, which employs 1,300 skilled engineers. The vehicles also will help to support the Turkish supplier industry and provide new opportunities for export."


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