Ford to Begin European Production of 2011 Focus

An announcement by Ford stated that production of its all-new Focus for Europe has begun at the company's Sarlouis Assembly Plant in Germany. The factory is slated to be the single source for production of the 2011 Focus in Western Europe, building all three body styles. This will include four-door, five-door and station wagons, with production of the high-performance 250 horsepower ST model to follow in 2012.

In order to prep for the new Focus, Ford invested some €300 million, with €100 million of it going for new robotized body construction facilities, €75 million for new tooling, and €18 million for new paint shop technology. Production of the new Focus for North America has already started earlier this year at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant, while they are planning on manufacturing it in Russia from mid-2011, and in China and Thailand from 2012.

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