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Ford Celebrates 1 Million Units Produced in Romania, Reveals M-Sport Ford Puma Rally1

Ford has produced 1,000,000 units in Romania. This is the milestone reached by Ford Romania in Craiova, where the modern plant is located.

In 2008, when Ford came to Romania, few foresaw this number. But the company believed in its plans for the plant in Craiova. Ford has reached the production milestone 12 years after manufacturing its first vehicle in Romania in 2009.

Ford celebrates its 1,000,000 vehicles produced in Romania through a video, unveiling the new M‑Sport Ford Puma Rally1 car that follows in the footsteps of the Ford Fiesta WRC car, which secured three WRC titles following its introduction in 2017.

I’m thrilled that the 2022 World Rally Car will be the Puma Rally1 and to have had the vehicle visit Craiova to be able to mark this milestone day with such a special film was extra special. It was a great pleasure to be part of this project and to welcome the M-Sport team and Adrien Fourmaux to Craiova while transforming our plant for a couple of days into a true movie set.

Jo Payne, president of Ford Romania and Craiova plant manager

Earlier this year, Ford announced that it would invest $300 million to build a new light commercial vehicle in 2023 at its Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania, including an all-electric version due to debut in 2024 – the first all-electric volume vehicle to be built in Romania.

The investment will take the total invested by Ford in its Romanian manufacturing operations to almost $2 billion since acquiring the Craiova facility in 2008. More than 600 robots have been installed to improve efficiency and quality in the body, stamping, paint, trim, and chassis shops. Around 6000 people are employed in Ford’s world-class vehicle and engine assembly operations in Romania.

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