Chennai, India – Ford is investing US$72 million to expand its powertrain facility in India. The engine plant’s production capacity will increase from 250,000 diesel engines per year to 330,000 per year, with a third production shift added.

The expansion program will be completed in mid-2012 and will bring Ford’s total investment in India to more than $1 billion.

“This investment reinforces the importance of our Chennai plant and Ford’s continued expansion in India,” said Michael Boneham, president and managing director of Ford India. “This expansion will allow us to provide more technologically advanced and fuel-efficient engines to our customers in India and in markets around the world where we export Chennai-built vehicles.”

Ford plans to introduce eight new global vehicles in India by 2015. The plant built its 100,000th engine in March 2011, just 14 months after it opened for operations in January 2010. It is the first Ford facility to feature a single flexible production line manufacturing both gasoline and diesel engines, and the first to run a flexible crankshaft production line producing parts for both types of engines.

The plant currently produces five gasoline engines and one diesel engine and is gearing up to produce powertrains for the Fiesta sedan when it launches in India later this year.

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