German plant will cater for the Focus' European market, and will produce the ST in 2012
7 December 2010

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.

Read more on the Ford Focus ST

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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7 December 2010

FYI

Early U.S. production of the car is now under way at a factory near Detroit, with the Focus due in U.S. showrooms early next year.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9JUEUB82.htm

The compact car, as a sedan and five-door hatchback, has already begun early production for North America at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101206/AUTO01/12060355/New-Ford-Focus-begins-production-in-Germany-today#ixzz17RHW8ERQ

from the "Wet Coast" Canada

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/5236531041/

C2100

8 December 2010

No UK production?

8 December 2010

[quote Lifer]No UK production?[/quote]

The Focus has never been produced in the UK.

Ford only manufactures engines in Dagenham and Bridgend, they also have a few thousand people at their R&D centre in Essex.

9 December 2010

What a shame it isnt going into production at Halewood - the UK plant that built the Focus's predecessor the Escort. Given the UK is the largest market for all European Fords by some margin, most of Saarlouis production will end up on a boat bound for Britain. 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.

9 December 2010

[quote hamp]What a shame it isnt going into production at Halewood - the UK plant that built the Focus's predecessor the Escort.[/quote]

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

9 December 2010

[quote hamp]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.[/quote]

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.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 December 2010

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.

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