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Ford Caps Giant China Manufacturing Initiative
Forbes | June 15, 2015


Ford Motor (F) pushes the start button today on an all-new engine plant in China’s Jiangxi province, finishing off an wide-ranging manufacturing expansion the company said was its most ambitious in the last half-century.

The $150-million JMC Xiaolan Engine Plant in Nanchang initially will build Ecoboost turbocharged 2-liter gasoline 4-cylinder engines for Ford Transit commercial vans, as well as the new Ford Everest crossover and Tourneo multi-purpose vehicle. The engine plant has capacity for 200,000 engines and is the first engine plant in Nanchang, where Ford also has two vehicle assembly plants.

With auto companies all over the globe still scrambling for position in China, startup of the JMC Xiaolan plant caps an extensive Ford manufacturing program that’s seen seven all-new vehicle, engine and transmission plants built in the country since 2012. With the completion of this latest, rapid expansion phase, Ford now has a total of ten manufacturing facilities in China.

Ford soon will begin selling in China a production version of this Everest concept, a midsize, 7-seat crossover vehicle. Under the hood will be the 2-liter 4-cylinder engine built at the company's just-completed engine plant in Jiangxi province.

“The launch of the JMC Xiaolan Engine Plant marks the completion of Ford’s largest global manufacturing growth in more than 50 years,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford China. “With seven new manufacturing facilities across all regions of China—and ten plants in total—we will continue to meet Chinese customer demand for world-class Ford vehicles.”

In China, foreign automakers essentially are required to form joint ventures with Chinese companies in order to establish production facilities. Ford has been partnered with JMC since 1995 and currently owns 32 percent of JMC.

Ford showed a concept version of the Everest in early 2014 to preview its vision for a midsize crossover for a variety of Asia-Pacific markets, including China, and the Tourneo will be the locally produced version of the small passenger and light-commercial van Ford currently builds in Turkey for sale in nearly 50 world markets.
 

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Does anyone know if the 2016 MKX will be exported to China, or is Lincoln building it there?
 

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I can see the Chinese going ga-ga for the Everest. Ford is already popular, and the number of 'regular' crossover models from local and foreign manufacturers is staggering... but the Everest should stand out as something a bit different.

Oh, and saw my first Escort today, and I TOTALLY see why it is doing so well... it has a very pleasing design, certainly not flashy, but extremely handsome. Hits well above its weight class for sure, at least in the design department.
 

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I can see the Chinese going ga-ga for the Everest. Ford is already popular, and the number of 'regular' crossover models from local and foreign manufacturers is staggering... but the Everest should stand out as something a bit different.

Oh, and saw my first Escort today, and I TOTALLY see why it is doing so well... it has a very pleasing design, certainly not flashy, but extremely handsome. Hits well above its weight class for sure, at least in the design department.
 
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