April 27, 2007
Ford and Mazda start engine production at facility in China
Nissan Altima Hybrid. Click image to enlarge
Nanjing, China – Volume production officially kicked off yesterday at Ford Motor Company’s new joint venture engine production facility, Changan Ford Mazda Engine Company Ltd. (CFME) in Nanjing, China. The US$312.5 million facility is a joint venture between Ford, Mazda and China’s Changan Automotive Group, with Changan holding a 50 per cent share, and Ford and Mazda holding 25 per cent each.
CFME is one of the largest and most modern engine manufacturing plants in China, with a capacity of 350,000 units per year. It will supply production operations for Ford and Mazda vehicles in China. The facility consists of three major plants for casting, machining and assembly, and will manufacture five key components on-site, including the block, head, crankshaft, camshaft and connecting rods.
The first engine produced is the BZ series, with aluminum head and block, variable cam timing, plastic intake manifold, and multi-point electronic fuel injection. CFME expects to introduce additional Ford and Mazda engine series into production in future.