Ford will build a family of new low-carbon 2.0-litre diesel engines for its future passenger cars in London from 2017 following the announcement of a £190 million ($350 million) investment into its Dagenham plant.
The announcement confirms the second phase of investment in the new engine program, following the original investment of £287m ($528m) for the development of new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines for Ford’s global commercial vehicles.
The first phase one engines – which have been designed and developed at Dagenham and Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in Essex – will roll off the line towards the end of 2015 and be installed in commercial vehicles from 2016.
Second phase production will start in 2017 ahead of the first installation into passenger vehicles from 2018. Production of the new passenger car diesel engines will create 318 new jobs in London.
With production in full swing, Ford says Dagenham will build 500,000 units of its new diesel engines, with 70 per cent destined for LCVs and 30 per cent for passenger models.
Ford Europe, Middle East and Africa executive vice president Stephen Odell said the company was delighted to announce the next phase of investment at Dagenham.
“The overall investment of over £475m ($874m), supported by the UK Government, underlines Ford’s commitment to the UK,” Odell said.
“This all-new, state-of-the-art, low-carbon diesel engine has not only been designed and developed here it will be manufactured by Ford in the UK too. And it will be great for UK plc as these engines will be exported to markets around the world.”
The diesel engine program at Dagenham is part of a £1.5b ($2.8b) investment by Ford in low-carbon and environmentally friendly engine and vehicle technology over five years.