MOSCOW, Russia – The Ford Sollers plant at Elabuga in Tatarstan, Russia, has produced more than 20,000 Ford vehicles since it started production in January last year. The milestone vehicle was a Ford Explorer, produced for the local market.
“We reached this milestone only four months after we produced the 10 000th vehicle at the plant, which means we’ve doubled the production rate, and this is only the start,” said Ted Cannis, president and CEO, Ford Sollers.
“When we launched the Ford Sollers joint venture 16 months ago, we promised to extend local production of Ford vehicles in Russia. Last year we started to produce five new models and this year we will further increase the range of products we offer to our Russian customers,” said Adil Shirinov, executive Director and COO, Ford Sollers.
Currently, the facility in Elabuga manufactures the Transit, Kuga, S-MAX, Galaxy and Explorer models. Together with the Focus and Mondeo made at the Vsevolozhsk plant (near St. Petersburg), Ford Sollers is producing seven different models in Russia, for the Russian market.
Ford Sollers sold more than 130,000 vehicles in Russia last year, an 11 per cent increase compared with 2011.