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Ford of Europe's Saarlouis plant in
Celebrating the milestone, John Fleming, Ford of Europe president and CEO; Jacques Pollenus, plant manager; Roland Henz, the Lord Mayor of the City of Saarlouis; as well as Gilbert Hess, chairman of the Saarlouis works council, were in the car as it drove off the production line, watched by employees and members of the Ford of Europe senior management team. The anniversary vehicle will now be delivered to a customer in
"We're very proud of the Saarlouis plant and its employees, as well as the vehicles it produces," said John Fleming. "The Ford Focus and C-MAX models sit at the heart of our European product portfolio, and it is particularly fitting that this milestone is being reached just as the plant is about to start production of our new 2008 Focus range."
The Ford plant in Saarlouis is the largest employer in
Daily production volume at the plant is currently around 1,940 vehicles in a three-shift operation. Three-door, five-door and wagon (Turnier) Focus models account for approximately two-thirds of the plant output.
"This milestone emphasizes the outstanding performance of the Saarlouis location, which is among the most efficient automobile plants in
The first model in the 37-year history of the Ford plant in Saarlouis was the Escort Mk 1. This was followed by Ford Capri, Fiesta and Orion models. The most popular model from Saarlouis is the Escort, with more than 6.5 million units manufactured at the plant between 1970 and 1998.
Saarlouis is the main Ford of Europe plant for the Focus, which has been built there since August 10, 1998. More than 80 percent of all Focus and C-MAX models are exported to some 70 different countries including
The Saarlouis plant is the only Ford facility that produces the C-MAX, the sporty
Last year a total of 405,444 vehicles – 129,080 C-MAX and 276,364 Focus models – rolled off the production line in Saarlouis.