14 May 2013

Ford Sollers to build new $274 engine plant in Tatarstan, Russia

Elabuga, Tatarstan and Moscow, Russia - 14 May 2013 – Ford Sollers announced today that it is building a $274 million engine plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan. The new engine plant will initially employ 500 skilled workers, with the potential for more job growth should engine production increase. 

Ford Sollers will also manufacture and sell the new Ford EcoSport small sports utility vehicle (SUV). Production of the EcoSport small SUV will commence at a Ford Sollers plant in Tatarstan during the second half of 2014, while the manufacture of three versions of the 1.6-litre Duratec engine will begin at the new engine plant in December 2015.

This is an important day for Ford Sollers and underscores how serious we are about investing in production in Russia and offering a full range of vehicles for customers in the fast-growing Russian market,” said Ted Cannis, chief executive officer and president, Ford Sollers. 

Ford Sollers, the joint venture formed in late 2011 between Ford Motor Company and Sollers, operates three assembly plants in Russia. In 18 months, Ford Sollers has advanced from building two cars, Focus and Mondeo, to seven vehicles today: Focus, Mondeo, Galaxy, S-MAX, Transit, Kuga and Explorer and Transit. Ford Sollers joint venture includes production facilities in Vsevolozhsk (St. Petersburg Region), Naberezhnye Chelny and Elabuga (Republic of Tatarstan), and headquarters located in Khimki (Moscow Region). 

The demand for Ford SUVs is growing in Russia, and we’re pleased to announce that next year our already strong lineup of SUVs will be supplemented by the Ford EcoSport,” said Adil Shirinov, executive director and chief operating officer, Ford Sollers. “Local production of the EcoSport by Ford Sollers in Tatarstan will help to strengthen the Ford brand position in Russia’s popular SUV segment.”

The Ford Sollers Elabuga Engine Plant will have an annual capacity of up to 105,000 units, with the possibility for further expansion of up to 200,000 engines a year. At least 30 per cent of Russian-built Ford vehicles will be equipped with these engines. 

Russia is a very important part of Ford’s One Ford plan for profitable growth,” Mark Fields, Ford chief operating officer said. “The establishment of an engine plant here in Elabuga is another sign of the commitment Ford Sollers and its parent companies – Ford and Sollers – are making to serve customers in Russia and contribute to the growth of the Russian auto industry. Just like the Ford vehicles built here in Tatarstan and in St. Petersburg, the Ford engines built in Elabuga will meet Ford’s top global standards for quality, durability and performance.” 

Ford Sollers also confirmed today the Ford EcoSport small SUV will be built and go on sale in Russia in the second half of 2014. Based on Ford’s global B-segment platform, the EcoSport combines small car agility and fuel efficiency with the flexibility, spaciousness, four-wheel drive, high driving position and style of an SUV. 

Ford vehicle production started at the Ford Sollers plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan in 2012. The facility currently manufactures the Ford Transit, new Kuga, S-MAX, Galaxy and Explorer, with full production of the Explorer starting just last month. 

Source: Ford