By Jerom Bolt
In mid-December 2021, the Ford company announced that the car with the number one million was produced at its factory in Craiova, 12 years after the start of production. During these years, Ford produced the Transit Connect, B-Max, EcoSport and Puma models at the plant in Dolj County. Ford will build a new light commercial vehicle in 2023 at the Craiova plant, a model that will also benefit from a fully electric version that will debut in 2024.
The 1 millionth car produced at the Craiova plant is a Puma ST Line model, in the color Desert Island Blue, powered by a 155 hp EcoBoost Hybrid engine.
Ford reached this important level of production 12 years after manufacturing its first vehicle in Romania, in 2009. Before starting the production of Puma in 2019, the Transit Connect models, the innovative B-Max, were assembled at the factory in Craiova. as well as the EcoSport model which is still produced here with Puma.
Ford has confirmed that it will invest $ 300 million to build a new light commercial vehicle in 2023 at the Craiova plant, a model that will also benefit from a fully electric version that will debut in 2024. This will be the first volume model. fully electric ever produced in Romania.
Ford’s total investment in its production operations in Romania is almost $ 2 billion since it took over the Craiova plant in 2008.
In recent years, significant investments have been made in the factory in Craiova; more than 600 robots have been installed to improve and streamline the processes of stamping, painting or assembling bodies and chassis. About 6,000 people work on the assembly lines of vehicles and engines of the world-class Ford factory in Craiova.
Ford reached 1 million cars at the plant in Craiova, Romania, and will invest 300 million for a new light commercial vehicle
By Jerom Bolt