Ford reveals big plans for China
The Blue Oval will introduce no less than 50 new vehicles in China by 2025, including eight all-new SUVs and at least 15 electrified vehicles.
The new models will come from the Ford and Lincoln stables, as well as a new Zotye-Ford joint venture yielding a new ‘affordable’ electric-only brand.
“From luxury Lincolns, to Ford cars and SUVs, to an all-new electric vehicle brand, we will meet the growing desire and need in China for great new energy vehicles,” said Jason Luo, chairman and CEO, Ford China. “Each of them will be safe, efficient, fun to drive and backed by an ecosystem that makes charging, sharing and servicing easy.”
Additionally, by the end of the decade all new Ford and Lincoln vehicles will be connected through either embedded modems or plug-in devices. This will help the development of autonomous vehicles in China.
2019 will see the company start producing five additional Ford and Lincoln models in China for Chinese customers, including a new Lincoln premium SUV and the company’s first global fully electric small SUV.
To make all of this happen, Ford is leveraging its local supply base, which also allows it to further tailor vehicles towards the Chinese market. “Some of our most advanced manufacturing and innovation facilities are here in China,” said Peter Fleet, group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “Producing more vehicles for China locally allows us to improve the benefits for our customers, our partners and our bottom line.”
Last month Ford opened the Nanjing Test Centre, which will help product development capability in China. It includes nearly 80 different road surfaces, a three-kilometre test track and an emissions testing facility.