Mandelson visits Welsh Ford factory

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson visited Ford’s Bridgend plant yesterday (January 15th) to see how the factory contributes to the success story of the UK market-leading Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus.

Lord Mandelson was no doubt given an insight into the production methods behind the small economical petrol engines which make used Fords such in-demand cars.

The plant employs 2,000 people and the government will be keen that it continues to do so during these economically-troubled times of rising unemployment.

The all-new Ford Fiesta is the top-selling car in Wales with the Ford Focus taking the runners-up spot.

Sales of the petrol model rose by almost 20 per cent in the last three months in year-on-year terms, helped no doubt by the fact that the engines return up to 52 miles per gallon.

The next generation of low CO2 engines will be built at the site and, compared with current larger petrol engines of similar power, promise to provide up to 20 per cent better fuel economy, 15 per cent lower CO2 emissions and superior driving performance.

Written by Wendy Venables

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