production of the all new Mondeo in Genk, Belgium
Less than 12 months after the official
production start of the successful Ford S-MAX and new generation Ford
Galaxy, the first all-new Ford Mondeo today rolled off the same
production line at Ford Genk.
An investment program totaling €715 million was
made at Genk in support of the three new models. And once production is
running at maximum capacity, almost 1,200 Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy
models will be built there each day, with 98 percent of the total being
exported to more than 60 countries.
“After the international recognition and
success of both the Galaxy and the S-MAX, which was voted Car of the
Year 2007, the new Mondeo completes the Ford range in the crucially
important European CD segment,” said John Fleming, Ford of Europe’s
president and CEO.
“Following the introduction of a new, flexible
production system over the past year, Ford Genk has made gains in its
efficiency and quality, and it remains the cornerstone of the production
of Ford’s large car line-up,“ he added.
From today as many as five different body
styles will roll off the same production line at Genk – and in any
order. These body styles are S-MAX, Galaxy, Mondeo four-door, Mondeo
five-door and Mondeo wagon (estate). Genk is the only Ford plant to
produce all these models.