US carmaker Ford posted a record high production at its Romanian plant located in Craiova, with more than 11,000 passenger cars produced in January, more than triple compared to January 2017, Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA) data show.
Ford’s Romanian plant produced 11,074 cars in January, compared to 3,536 units in January 2017.
Ford acquired the Craiova plant in 2008 from the Romanian government and began passenger cars production in September 2009 with the Transit Connect model and later with the Ford B-Max.
The Craiova plant has a production capacity of 300,000 units per year, but Ford never reached even half of the maximum capacity.
The production peak recorded in January is due to the new model EcoSport, a small SUV, produced since autumn of 2017 on the background of the growing market for the SUV segment in Europe, after an investment of EUR 200 million in the factory.
Ford exports most of its cars produced in Romania. In January, Ford Romania exported 11,457 cars, slightly more than the number of cars produced in the same month.
In spite of this production peak, Ford lags behind Renault’s Romanian subsidiary Dacia, which produced 28,702 cars in January at its Mioveni plant, according to official data.
In 2017, Ford recorded a total production of 49,771 cars and Dacia produced 313,883 units in Romania.