Ford has announced that it will commit an investment totaling £190m ($306 million USD) into its Dagenham, UK facility in order to manufacture a brand new line of new diesel engines that will be installed in both cars and commercial vehicles. The investment also includes an £8.9m ($14.3 million USD) donation from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, and will ultimately result in the creation of 318 new jobs for engine production.
“We are backing our automotive sector so that it continues to thrive and this investment, supported by £8.9 million from Government’s Regional Growth Fund, will create more jobs that mean financial security and economic peace of mind for more hard-working families,” said Prime Minister David Cameron.
Commercial vehicles will be the first to receive the lighter and cleaner diesel engines in 2016 after production begins at Dagenham at the end of next year. Subsequently, private cars will benefit from the engines by 2018. Ford anticipates production of 500,000 engines on an annual basis.
We can only hope that these more efficient engines are smashing successes in the UK so that Ford considers importing them stateside so that we here at Friendly Ford can bring them to you!