MOSCOW – The 400,000th Russian-built Focus rolled off the production line today at the Ford plant in Vsevolozhsk, near St. Petersburg.
The Focus has been the best-selling non-domestic Russian-made car for the past seven consecutive years.
"Ford changed the Russian perception of cars, when it started producing Ford Focus in 2002," said Mark Ovenden, president and managing director, Ford Russia. The Focus proved that a mass produced car could be safe and affordable with attractive design and high quality."
Gray Greenway, general director, Ford Motor Company ZAO, added: "We have a phenomenal team at our plant and it has been building the Focus with high quality since it was launched in 2002. The customer expects nothing less from a new car, and the team is delivering.
"The Focus represents the dream car for lots of Russians. It's safe, with best in class cost of ownership and a variety of series."
Ford was the first foreign manufacturer to open its own production facility in Russia. More than 2,700 employees are currently working at the Vsevolozhsk plant. Each day the plant produces around 300 cars in two shifts. Total Focus output at the plant last year was 70,000 units.
Russian's plant is the only Ford facility which produces the Focus in all body styles: 5 door hatchback, 4 door sedan and wagon.
The all-new Focus goes in to production in St. Petersburg later this year.