July 24, 2007

Ford to manufacture small cars in Australia

Campbellfield, Australia – Ford Australia has announced it will begin manufacturing the Ford Focus in Australia in 2011, alongside the current Falcon and Territory model lines. Ford says it will become the first Australian car manufacturer to respond to the increasing popularity of smaller vehicles by producing the company’s globally-successful car locally.

Rising fuel costs and changing consumer lifestyles have resulted in small cars accounting for 21.7 per cent of all new cars sold in Australia year-to-date, up from 15.4 per cent in 1998. The Focus, with a diesel engine and manual gearbox, achieves a fuel economy figure of 5.6 L/100 km, with CO2 emission levels of 148 g/km. Both gasoline and diesel Focus variants will be manufactured in Australia.

The company is preparing for annual production of 40,000 Focus vehicles, which will add approximately 300 new jobs across Ford’s operations. The vehicles will be sold locally, as well as exported to regional markets, including New Zealand and South Africa. Significant additional export markets will be announced closer to 2011.

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