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250,000Th Ford Focus Rolls Off St.
Petersburg Production Line
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – The
250,000th Russian-built Ford Focus rolled off the production
line today at the Ford plant in Vsevolozhsk, near St.
The car, a silver 1.8 litre Ghia
Wagon, will be delivered to a customer in Moscow. The Ford Focus has been Russia's
best-selling foreign car for the past five consecutive full
years. To support this production
increase, the plant is currently recruiting 1,300 new employees,
raising the total number of people employed at the plant to
3,500 by the end of this year.
The Ford Focus is built in Russia
in four body styles: three-door, four-door, five-door and wagon,
with a choice of five engines, automatic and manual
transmissions and in a choice of three trim series.
"We were the very first foreign
manufacturer to open our own production facility in Russia and
when the first locally-built Focus was built at Vsevolozhsk in
2002, the plant had an annual production capacity of 25,000
cars," said John Fleming, president and CEO, Ford of Europe.
"In order to keep pace with demand
from customers in Russia, that figure has risen today to 75,000,
and it will rise again to 125,000 in 2009, when the Ford Mondeo
will also be produced at the plant," he added.
Sales of the Ford Focus in Russia
are up by 25 per cent in the first six months of this year to
46,335 versus the same period in 2007. Total Ford vehicle sales
in Russia to the end of June are up 20 per cent to 97,626 when
compared to the first half of last year. By contrast, the
company sold just 1,363 vehicles in Russia in 2000.
With more than five million
examples produced in Europe since it was launched in 1998, the
Ford Focus has won over 80 awards in Europe alone. The Focus has
been a major influence on the automotive world and continues to
be one of the key pillars of Ford of Europe's product-led
(July 9, 2008)