What Ford plans to do next to increase its presence in China is to further strengthen ties with local manufacturer Jiangling Motors Group. This comes after it had recently launched engine and gearbox manufacturing programs in Chongqing and had set up its second automobile factory with Changan. According to a report byEconomic Observer News, Ford Motor China CEO and Chairman David Schoch said that Ford's progress has been more than satisfactory.
He also said that he wants to reinforce the relationship between the two firms and the city of Nanchang. These comments were made by Schoch during a meeting with Nanchang Mayor Chen Junqing days ago. Chen added that the city's automobile industry will grow further with the deeper cooperation between Ford and JMCG, resulting to “larger and more substantial gains.”
But then, Schoch didn’t confirm if Ford has made a commitment to work with JMCG in the development of passenger vehicles. Currently, the two companies are collaborating on commercial vehicles and pick-up trucks.
There were previous reports that JMCG would be able to assist in offering a Ford brand SUV to the market. In 2010, JMCG's annual production capacity amounted to 300,000 automobiles and 290,000 engines. This figure helped the group reinforce its position in the commercial vehicle market while enabling it to extend its reach to the passenger vehicle segment. [source: Gasgoo]