CHONGQING, China — The Chongqing municipal government has chosen the locally-made 2011 New Ford Mondeo-Zhisheng as the car of its official fleet.
The popular Ford Mondeo has been the car of choice for the Chongqing government since 2003, and has been built in the city since 2004. It was chosen ahead of rival models in a bidding process last month, and the government has ordered 68 units, which are due to be delivered next week.
In July, Ford was also selected to provide 46 Classic Focus models for the Chongqing Food and Drug administration.
Equipped with the Ford Ecoboost GTDI engine and PowerShift dual-clutch transmission, the 2011 Ford Mondeo-Zhisheng offers a combination of a class-leading powertrain and excellent ride with outstanding occupant safety, unrivalled fuel efficiency and uncompromised driving pleasure.
"This year the vehicle industry in China has become relatively sluggish and many companies' sales performances fell short of their expectations,” said Chen Mingli, National Fleet Manager at Changan Ford Sales Company.
“The contribution of the Fleet Team at Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA, Ford’s joint venture in China) has helped keep the Ford brand cars manufactured at CFMA in the spotlight in Chongqing."
To meet the Chongqing government’s needs, engineers at CFMA have upgraded the fleet’s exterior, interior and safety features. The purchase will greatly boost Ford’s brand image and pave the way for CFMA’s aggressive growth plans in the future.
Ford intends to introduce 15 new vehicles to China by 2015, with most of them to be manufactured at CFMA. Chongqing will become Ford’s largest manufacturing centre outside Michigan when its ongoing expansion project is completed in 2014.