Ford Motor Co. has increased its manufacturing capacity in China to more than 600,000 automobiles annually as it opened the doors of its third passenger-vehicle assembly plant in the country. The $490 million factory is set up by the automaker's partnership with Changan Automobile Group Co.
This facility has 1 million square meters and is located in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing. It will be producing the new-generation Focus sedans, according to Ford’s statement.
Ford China's Chairman David Schoch stated that the new "flexible" factory will help provide the capacity to materialize their "aggressive" growth plans for the "largest automotive market" in the world. The facility's production line will be able to manufacture six various types of vehicles, Ford disclosed. Expansion into China is part of CEO Alan Mulally's drive to boost annual worldwide sales by 50 percent to 8 million units beginning in 2015.
The CEO also aims to have one third of its deliveries in Asia beginning 2020. Ford intends to introduce to China 15 new models by 2015. Growth of automobile sales in China slowed last year from 32% in 2010 after the government took out a two-year package of rebates and tax breaks that aided the nation to outperform the total car sales in the U.S., including the commercial automobiles, which increased by 2.5% last year according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. The industry group predicted that deliveries will accelerate to 8% this year.