HAI DUONG, Vietnam — Ford Vietnam recently hosted a group of automotive media from Hanoi at its Hai Duong assembly plant to demonstrate the company’s commitment to achieving world-class levels of vehicle quality through its global manufacturing standards and processes.
During the visit, the media were given a briefing on Ford’s quality process by Pakorn Indhongkam, ASEAN vehicle integration engineer, and Catherine Wood, squeak and rattle, subject matter expert. The two experts were in Vietnam to help check the launch readiness and quality processes for the all-new Focus at the Hai Duong plant.
Quality is a top priority for Ford at all assembly operations around the world, and Ford Vietnam has reinforced this commitment recently through flawless launches of the class-leading all-new Ranger and the all-new Focus.
“The Hai Duong assembly plant is committed to Ford's Global quality processes. The key to the success of any quality process is the people, and our Hai Duong team is exceptional. And as our recent evaluation proved, they are producing the very highest quality vehicles,” said Wood.
After a tour around the plant to have a behind-the-scenes look at the production line, the media were given the chance to test-drive the all-new Focus at an outdoor track. With a section of the track designed to show off its best-in-class handling, EPAS system and many other features, the all-new Focus won over the media on its quality.
“I am so impressed with Ford Hai Duong plant’s quality process. After the test-drive with the all-new Focus, I can see Ford has achieved exceptional levels of durability and craftsmanship. I really enjoy the quiet cabin and its handling,” said Viet Hung, journalist from dantri.com.
Ford Hai Duong assembly has an annual capacity of 14,000 units. The Ford Vietnam team assembles the Ford Everest and Ford Escape SUVs, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Ford Mondeo passenger cars, and the Ford Transit 16-seat passenger wagon and van for the domestic market.
The media at the Ford Hai Duong assembly plant.
The media test-drive the all-new Focus.