There are 310 suppliers across 22 countries manufacturing parts for the new Ford Focus, and many are adding jobs, facilities, and equipment in local communities to effectuate production. In addition to many manufacturers now being able to maintain employment due to Focus production, 5,500 jobs have been added at locations all across North America, Europe, and Asia.
“Suppliers are critical to the success of the new Focus, and they are stepping up to support Ford in this important launch,” said Tony Brown, group vice president, Ford Global Purchasing.
The new Focus was developed in Europe for sale in more than 120 markets worldwide, and is based on the company’s new global C-car platform. The car also implements unprecedented global compatibility.
“The new Focus raises the bar for Ford and our suppliers in terms of common parts and global processes that will pay off with higher quality and lower costs,” said Brown. “It also represents a new era in how we work with our supply base. The high level of communication, early information sharing and data transparency between Ford and our supply base is paying off for all of us as we move into the global launch.”
Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus is powered by 2.0L DOHC inline 4-clyinder unit with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), direct gasoline injection and E85 flex fuel capability. The engine produces 160-hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. With the SFE (Super Fuel Economy) package, the Focus delivers an EPA-certified fuel-economy rating of 28/40 mpg (city/highway). The 2012 Focus is offered in S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim-levels with prices starting at $16,270.
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– By: Stephen Calogera