SAARLOUIS, Germany – The first new Focus ST left the production line in Ford’s plant in Saarlouis earlier this week.
Ford has invested more than $15.5 million (over €12 million) in Focus ST production facilities at the plant. The high performance vehicle is the second model the plant has launched this year, following the production start of the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost.
Produced in 5-door and wagon bodystyles, demand for the Focus ST is expected to be strongest in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland.
As it celebrates Job One for the Focus ST, the Saarlouis is now preparing to start production of a third new model, the Focus ECOboost.
Fiesta production ends in Valencia
In a related development, Ford’s Almussafes plant in Valencia, Spain will today stop building the Fiesta. All Fiesta model will now be produced in Cologne, Germany.
The Almussafes plant will begin assembly the new Kuga at the end of this year and the new Transit Connect in 2013. Since the model first went into production in 1976, the plant has produced more than 5m units.