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German plant will cater for the Focus' European market, and will produce the ST in 2012

Full volume production of the new Ford Focus has begun at the firm's Saarlouis assembly plant.

The German plant will cater for the Western European market, building the four-door, five-door and estate Focus variants. Production of the Focus ST will be added in 2012.

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The Saarlouis facility now produces both the Focus and Kuga line-up and is capable of producing up to 1850 vehicles a day.

As part of Ford’s global development programme, production of the Focus will be expanded further in 2011 in Russia, and in 2012 in China and Thailand.

New features of the latest Focus will include the company's low-speed safety system, active park assist, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition.

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thebaldgit 9 December 2010

Re: New Focus production starts

This has come at an important time for Ford with its European sales on the slide, it needs some new metal to bring in new customers.

TegTypeR 9 December 2010

Re: New Focus production starts

hamp wrote:
It still angers me that Ford turned its back on the country that has provided it with most sales and profit. Make no misake, there is absolutely nothing British about any Ford car you can buy today.

Whilst it is true that the entire car is not produced in the UK, very few cars made are sourced in just one country.

You'd be surprised how much British content is still in the average Ford car from (as mentioned) British built engines to intellectual content by the thousands of British people within Ford, even if they aren't based in the UK.

Geetee40 9 December 2010

Re: New Focus production starts

hamp wrote:
What a shame it isnt going into production at Halewood - the UK plant that built the Focus's predecessor the Escort.

Halewood has been owned as a site by Jaguar for nearly 10 years now....