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The two millionth vehicle in the Ford
Fiesta/Fusion series rolled off the line today at the Ford plant
Another production milestone has been
achieved today at the Ford plant in Cologne-Niehl when the two
millionth vehicle in the Ford Fiesta/Fusion series rolled off
the line. The two millionth vehicle was a Colorado Red Ford
Fiesta ST, intended for a customer in Great Britain. Around 74
per cent of the two million vehicles built were Fiestas.
Today the Ford car assembly plant in
Cologne is recognised as one of the most efficient in the
European automotive industry. In 2006, for example, it was
awarded the "Automotive Lean Production Award 2006", an
international accolade presented for the first time in December
In 2006 high demand from all over the
world for the Ford Fiesta and Ford Fusion meant the Cologne
plant set a production record in order to satisfy customer
orders. A total of 412,688 vehicles rolled off the production
lines that year. The previous production record for the plant
was 403,000, achieved in 2005.
Almost 90 per cent of Cologne's output is
exported to 52 countries. The five largest markets for the vehicles are
Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France and Russia.
But some Cologne-built Ford Fiestas and Ford
Fusions travel around half the globe to reach their customers. These
far-flung markets include Madagascar, Azerbaijan, Gibraltar, Hong Kong
and Mozambique. The Pacific island of Tahiti is considered to be the
sales market furthest away from Cologne.
Of the two million Ford Fiestas and Ford
Fusions produced since 2002, 1.25 million were equipped with left-hand
drive, and 750,000 with right-hand drive.
When production of the current Ford Fiesta and
Ford Fusion series began in February 2002 it followed an investment of
EUR 410 million to modernize the plant and develop the neighbouring
An ongoing series of production efficiencies at
the plant has seen daily production increase from 1,200 vehicles in 2002
to 1,950 vehicles today.
A total of 4,200 staff are employed at the Ford
Fiesta and Ford Fusion plant of Ford-Werke GmbH in Cologne, with another
13,200 located at the company's other facilities in the city.
August 2, 2007