ELABUGA, Tatarstan, Russia – The 5,000th Ford Transit has rolled off the production line at the Ford Sollers joint venture plant in Elabuga, Russia.
The milestone vehicle was a long wheel base, medium-bodied Transit powered by a 2.2-litre 125PS diesel engine and finished in Frozen White.
Ford Transit production started at the Ford Sollers plant in Elabuga in January 2012. The facility manufactures Transits in five body styles - Single cab, Double cab, Bus, Kombi, Van – with a choice of three 2.2-litre diesel engines.
Adil Shirinov, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ford Sollers said: “The production of the 5,000th Ford Transit in Tatarstan is an important achievement for the Ford Sollers team, and an important event for the whole region.
“We have a lot to be proud of. We have reached this production anniversary just half a year after the start of vehicle assembly at the Elabuga plant. Ford Transit is the plant’s first vehicle and it opens the road for production of other Ford vehicles in Tatarstan.”
Ford Transit offers the widest and the most flexible range of commercial vehicles available in Russia. In the first quarter of 2012, Ford sold 2,000 Transits in Russia, almost the double the number sold during the first quarter of 2011.
About Ford Sollers
The Ford Sollers joint venture started operation on October 1, 2011, and is responsible for the production, import and distribution of all Ford brand products, including vehicles, parts and accessories, in Russia. The Ford Sollers joint venture includes vehicle production facilities in Vsevolozhsk (St.Petersburg region), and in Naberezhnye Chelny and in the special economic zone of Alabuga in the Republic of Tatarstan. Ford Sollers also will manufacture engines that will provide a higher level of local parts content for Ford vehicles built in Russia.