Chongqing, China – Ford has opened a new plant in Chongqing, China, which is said it one of the world’s newest, most efficient and sustainable.

The plant, operated by Ford and its joint venture Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA), will build the all-new Ford Focus for the domestic market.

“This is a very special day,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “It’s not every day that you open a new assembly plant. This new plant represents a decades-long investment that will transform the lives of thousands of people. Following the vision of Henry Ford to produce vehicles where they are sold, the opportunities created by this expansion help create the ability for our production team to buy the vehicles they build. This expansion will benefit Chongqing and western China for years to come.”

CFMA is investing US$490 million in the plant, which will increase its production capacity in China by 150,000 units to over 600,000 vehicles overall. It is CFMA’s second assembly plant in Chongqing and its third in China. With two assembly plants and engine and transmission plants already operating, Chongqing is now the largest global manufacturing location for Ford outside Michigan.

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