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is arguably best-known as the home of the Ford Escort, 1970 to 1998, and, since 1998, the Ford Focus when the badly outdated Escort was finally replaced after more than a decade of neglect.

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GM Small B-Car Developed. Plant Selection Lags

The company vows to announce the U.S. site by summer's end.

by on Jun.05, 2009

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The Pontiac G3 B-car is built in Mexico, and derived from a Korean-designed Daewoo platform.

General Motors Corporation is now committed to building a new small car in the U.S. sooner rather than later, following the intervention of the United Auto Workers and the U.S. Treasury, which persuaded, if that’s the right word, GM to build the car in the U.S. rather than China or South Korea.

However, it’s pretty clear that the new car will be based on the current B-car platform developed by Daewoo Automotive Technologies or DAT for worldwide distribution.

GM had hesitated bringing the subcompact car to the U.S. for fear it was too small for the U.S. market, but it had done the engineering required to meet U.S. safety regulations as gas prices spiked in the last couple of years.

GM, however, is now fully prepared to assemble the car in the U.S.    (more…)