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Ford delays Spanish investments, citing 'revised outlook for Europe'

Ford delays Spanish investments but will remain committed to Valencia plant.

 

BARCELONA -- Ford said it is delaying its production investments in Spain, citing a "revised outlook for Europe" but said it remained committed to its plant in Valencia.

The automaker will not ask for a share of Spain's EU pandemic relief funds to invest in the roll out of EVs by June 2025, Ford said on Wednesday. It said it will work with the authorities to identify other potential public funding as it moves to an all-electric fleet of passenger vehicles in Europe by 2030.

In June, Ford said it will build its next-generation electric vehicles in Valencia.

Ford did not give further details on its revised outlook for Europe. It said earlier this week it will cut a total of 3,000 salaried and contract jobs, mostly in North America and India.

No jobs will be cut at its plant in Valencia for now, a Ford Spain spokesperson said, although the automaker has long said there will be some restructuring of its workforce as electric cars require fewer labor hours to assemble.

Both UGT union and Spain's Industry Ministry played down the investment delay, noting that it does not affect Ford's plan to produce EVs in Spain.

"The Spanish government maintains its commitment to support Ford in its current and future investments in Spain," the Industry Ministry said in a statement.

Ford had applied in May for Spain's EU pandemic relief funds and had been allocated 106 million euros in a first provisional allotment but withdrew its application on Tuesday ahead of a deadline for potential changes, the Ministry said.

The company picked the Valencia plant over its factory in Saarloius, Germany, for its latest EV investment.

Ford said in June it has no plans to replace production of the Focus compact car at Saarlouis in 2025.

Instead, the automaker said it will seek "alternative opportunities" for the Saarlouis factory, including selling it to another automaker.

Ford plans to launch seven full-electric vehicles in Europe including three new full-electric passenger cars and four new electric vans.

The first new EV will be a midsize crossover that will go into production at Ford's factory in Cologne, Germany, this year. It will use Volkswagen Group's MEB electric platform that underpins the VW ID4, among other VW Group models.

Ford will build an electric version of the Puma crossover in Craiova, Romania, along with Transit Courier and Tourneo Courier electric vans.

 

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È tempo di dire Sogni D’Oro Fiesta, così Ford Europa conferma l’addio alla segmento B che terminerà la sua produzione a metà del prossimo anno.

 

 

Not because it couldn't, not because it wouldn't, but just because we can't even make a fucking photoshop with the right names on it.

 

Inutile dire che avrei preferito che il nome continuasse a vivere su un’auto elettrica, appunto perché caposaldo della storia Ford.

Ma Ford come già detto abbondantemente in passato procede davvero un po’ alla cazzo ultimamente.

 


Aggiungo anche che il brand abbia affermato di stare attuando un riposizionamento storico, volendosi confermare come marchio più “adventurous” in vista del passaggio ad una gamma totalmente elettrica.
Facendo ciò hannoanche la morte di S-MAX e Galaxy (quest’ultimo non disponibile in Italia da mesi) senza successori diretti.

Gli ordini sono stati già chiusi.

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1 minuto fa, leon82 scrive:

Praticamente la gamma Ford europea entro pochi mesi sarà ridotta a Puma, Focus, Escape, Ranger, Mustang e Mustangone?

 

Arriveranno tre nuovi modelli elettrici su base MEB di Volkswagen e Focus cesserà di esistere nel '25.

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Arriveranno tre nuovi modelli elettrici su base MEB di Volkswagen e Focus cesserà di esistere nel '25.

BERLIN -- Ford will stop building the Fiesta small car in Cologne, Germany, by next summer, a year earlier than planned. At the same time as Fiesta output stops, production of Ford's new Volkswagen-based all-electric crossover will begin, also a year earlier than planned.

"The electric car will be built in Cologne from summer 2023," a company source familiar with the plan told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.

The crossover will use VW Group's MEB electric platform that underpins the VW ID4, among other models from the group.

The production switch will not affect staffing levels and there will be more jobs in Cologne at the end of the ramp-up of the new model than there are at present, the source said.

The Fiesta, which launched in Europe in 1976, has been one of the automaker's most popular models but sales have been declining as buyers switch from hatchbacks to crossovers such as the Ford Puma.

Fiesta sales in Europe fell to 39,395 through August from 72,302 in the first eight months, according to figures from Dataforce. The Puma is now the automaker's best-selling passenger car in the region, with 91,604 units sold through August.

Ford ended production of the three-door Fiesta in the summer amid falling sales.

Ford on Wednesday confirmed it will end production of the Fiesta in Cologne by the end of next June.

The automaker also said that production of Ford S-Max and Ford Galaxy mininvans in Valencia, Spain, will end in April 2023.

Ford said it is accelerating its electrification efforts. The company plans for all its passenger vehicles in Europe to be fully electric by 2030 and all its vehicles by 2035.

The automaker is investing to build electric cars at the Cologne plant, including a new battery assembly facility scheduled to start operations in 2024. A second EV, which Ford has said will be a "sports crossover," will be built at Cologne starting in 2024. The vehicle is also expected to be based on the MEB platform.

The Cologne plant is forecast to build about 200,000 EVs a year.

Ford plans to launch seven full-electric vehicles in Europe including a battery-electric version of the Puma small crossover that will be built in Craiova, Romania.

 

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Il destino sia di Fiesta che di Focus era già segnato. 

 

Ordini chiusi a tempo indeterminato, e non perché la gente non le volesse, ma perché mancavano i chip (e ok, quei pochi che ci sono, meglio destinarli a modelli più redditizi come Puma o Kuga).

 

Poi, anche quelle che vendevano con il contagocce, hanno alzato i prezzi di listino di un segmento a fronte di dotazioni di serie lungi dall'essere complete. A quel punto, chi le voleva più .

 

Quello che non capisco, perché fare un restyling al risparmio per, nel giro di sei mesi, eliminare la versione a 3 porte, e, nel giro di un anno, annunciare l'addio definitivo.

 

Comunque, grazie Fiesta per i tanti ricordi. È stata la prima automobile di mio papà (la mkI), ed è stata la mia prima auto personale (la mkVI). 

 

 

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Se hanno avuto il coraggio di usare Puma per un SUV, perchè non farlo anche con Fiesta e Focus? mi sembra che oltre ai nomi storici in Ford rinuncino proprio ai due segmenti. Nei prossimi anni non so come farà Ford a reggersi da sola con una gamma così ridotta...

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