Despite a vapid European economy, the region’s auto industry is seeing some notable improvements. And to meet rising demand for its vehicles, Ford is planning to raise production at two plants in Germany.
The two plants in question are Saarlouis and Cologne, which produce the Ford C-Max and Ford Focus. Ford will boost output at the Saarlouis plant by 240 cars per day, bringing the daily production total to 1,770 units, while output at the Cologne plant will grow by 300 cars per day to 1,850 units per day. Adding to the good news is the fact that the automaker will add six additional weekend shifts in January and February at the Cologne plant to further match growing demand for its vehicles in Europe.
But the good news doesn’t end there for The Blue Oval as the automaker gears up for a very busy 2015. A bevy of new Ford vehicles are scheduled to launch in the European market during the year, including the vital all-new Mondeo mid-size range, Mondeo Hybrid, and the refreshed 2015 Focus compact range. Other notable entries include the Galaxy, S-MAX, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, along with the Focus ST and Focus ST diesel, Mustang coupe and convertible, and the revamped versions of the subcompact EcoSport, mid-size Ranger truck, and the Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect vans. And that’s not even to mention the yet-to-be-announced all-new Ford Focus RS, either. With so many new vehicle rollouts this year, it’s entirely possible that Ford may boost production even more in 2015.