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Milestones: Ford Saarlouis Builds 12 Millionth Car

Daily production is currently 1,920 units. New Focus coming.

by on Aug.26, 2010

Ford Saarlouis plant's 12 millionth vehicle - a current generation Ford Focus

Ford’s Saarlouis Plant in south-west Germany celebrated building its 12 millionth vehicle today – a white Ford Focus five-door model which will be delivered to a Saarlouis employee.

Opened by Henry Ford II on June 11, 1970, the Saarlouis Plant has built some of the highest volume vehicles in Ford of Europe’s history. These include Ford Capri, produced at the plant from 1971 and 1975; the Ford Fiesta, 1976 to 1980; the Ford Orion, 1983 to 1993; the Ford C-Max since 2003; and the Ford Kuga from 2008).

Saarlouis is arguably best-known as the home of the Ford Escort, 1970 to 1998, and, since 1998, the Ford Focus when the badly outdated Escort was finally replaced after more than a decade of neglect.


Milestones: 100,000 Gen 3 VW Scirocco Coupes

Thirty six years ago a lovely Giugiaro-sculpted coupe appeared.

by on Aug.06, 2010

A notable Giugiaro design started the sales run.

At the VW Automóveis Ltda. plant in Portugal today the hundred-thousandth third-generation Scirocco rolled off the production line.

Since its launch in 1974, this compact sports coupe has been the most successful Volkswagen two-door, with more than 800,000 sold to date.

Another notable Giugiaro coupe is the breathtaking beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint, of course, but it is the exact opposite of the original angular Scirocco.

The 100K model is a Scirocco R 2.0 TSI, in “Rising Blue Metallic,” with a black interior, radio navigation system, and a tilting sunroof.

Volkswagen also produces the Volkswagen Eos, the new Sharan and, since 2008, the third generation of a reborn Scirocco at the plant.


Milestones: 100,000 Honda Civics in Indiana

The compact Civic is the sixth best selling vehicle in the U.S.

by on Feb.26, 2010

Celebration of a long time best seller in the U.S.

Workers at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana have produced the 100,000 Civic model since the plant opened in the fall of 2008.

The compact and fuel efficient Civic was the sixth best selling vehicle in the U.S. in January 2010, and was up 12% in sales for the month when compared to last year. It is a perennial best seller in the U.S.

Currently, Honda operates one shift with approximately 1,000 “associates” at the Greensburg plant, producing Honda Civic Sedan and Honda Civic GX, the only natural gas vehicle built in America that is not a conversion.

Engines for the Civic Sedan are built at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

The first Civics destined for export were shipped last fall from the the plant. (Click here.)The 2010 model Honda Civic Sedans are now on  sale in Mexico, as well as 22 Latin American and Caribbean nations and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan.


HMIN is Honda’s seventh auto assembly plant in North America, and one of 14 major Honda manufacturing facilities in North America, with two more currently under construction in North Carolina.   (more…)

Milestones: First Year of the Porsche Museum

There have been more than 530,000 visitors and 14,326 steaks served at the Christophorus Restaurant since its inception.

by on Feb.09, 2010

Latter day interpretation of a medieval cathedral is devoted to the relics of a celebrated brand.

The Museum of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG has just celebrated its birthday after more than 530,000 visitors made a pilgrimage to the Stuttgart, Germany venue during its first year of operation.

The later day automotive cathedral has 5,600 square meters of exhibition space, and is supported on just three columns of reinforced concrete – giving it a floating look. Inside the building there are at least 80 exhibits.

“In its first 365 days our Museum has developed into a truly dynamic and living enterprise. In many respects we have significantly exceeded even our own ambitious expectations,” claims Achim Stejskal, the Director of the Porsche Museum.

The new building also contains the museum workshops, the museum shop, the Porsche archive, a restaurant, and a bistro.   (more…)

Milestones: Ford Dagenham Estate Celebrates 80 Years of Manufacturing

by on May.13, 2009

Edsel Ford Cutting First Sod At Dagenham

Ford bought the Thames marsh land five years earlier for £167,700.

On May 17, 1929, Edsel Ford, son of founder Henry Ford, dug  into a low-lying marsh with a silver spade, to celebrate the, err, swamp-breaking beginning of an English plant outside of London that today makes more than 1 million engines annually for use in European final assembly plants.

Ford bought the marsh five years earlier for £167,700. To support the planned engine and car factory more than 20,000 piles were sunk 80 feet into the ground.

Dagenham today employs a total of 4,000 people in engine, stamping and transport operations. Ford engineers and production workers there are responsible for the development and assembly of diesel engines used in 28 different Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover and Peugeot Citroën models. Four-cylinder 1.4-, 1.6-, 1.8-, 2.0-, 2.2- and 2.4-liter units are produced alongside 2.7- and 3.0-liter V6 engines and a 3.6-liter V8.

October 1931 First Vehicle off assembly line Dagenham, Model AA Truck.

October 1931: the first vehicle off the assembly line in Dagenham, the Model AA truck.

Ford Dagenham took 28 months to build. Its first vehicle, a Model AA truck, rolled off the production line in October 1931. Special trains moved 2,000 Ford employees and their families to their new Dagenham homes from Trafford Park, Manchester – the company’s first UK plant. From 1933 to 2003 a Ford ferry transported workers from south London to Dagenham to save them the time and cost of crossing the Thames river at Dartford or Blackwall.

Both the Model AA and another pre-World War II favorite, the Model Y, are in Ford’s Dagenham heritage collection and will be driven to celebrate its 80thbirthday.

The Ford Model Y was the lowest priced saloon (sedan) ever made, with the Popular model introduced in 1935 being the first and only £100 car. An early pioneer of recycling, Henry Ford fuelled Dagenham’s power station by burning London’s waste – 2,000 tons per week until 1939.  (more…)