Shanghai, China – The Ford Motor Company has entered into a strategic alliance with Chongqing University (CQU) to increase collaboration on research, development and utilization of automotive technologies. CQU is the first university in Western China that entered into a formal long-term partnership with the automaker.

Chongqing, the largest transportation hub in Western China, is the site of Ford’s passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile. Ford has worked with CQU on a number of projects in the past few years; the formation of the alliance will bring the relationship between the two parties to a new strategic level.

“This is an important milestone in the cooperation of the two parties,” said Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Chief Technology Officer of Ford Motor Company. “The alliance between the two parties will allow for high-level collaboration that will enhance mutual scientific and educational capacities, and leverage each other’s strengths and resources in the co-development of automotive technologies.”

Last year, Ford formed similar partnerships with two leading universities in Eastern China: Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Currently, several partnerships are running under these partnerships, with major focus on lowering material cost, and improving materials and craftsmanship. The result of these projects will be applied to vehicle production.

“Ford Motor Company has a long-term strategy for China,” said Robert Graziano, president and CEO of Ford Motor China. “The alliance with China’s top universities is part of our commitment to grow together with local community. We believe such cooperation will facilitate technological innovation and local personnel training and development.”

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