Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford-brand vehicles in 50 individual markets, and employs approximately 46,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities, or approximately 69,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included.
Ford of Europe operations include a Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (15 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities), as well as Ford Motor Credit Company. The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.
The latest entry to the EcoBoost® family of gasoline engines set the new benchmark for downsized engines. The 1.0L EcoBoost launched in the Ford Focus in spring 2012 was awarded “2012 International Engine of the Year.” In addition to the Focus, this engine is now available in the C-MAX and the Fiesta – the latter of which was Europe’s best-selling small car in 2012. The EcoBoost 1.0 offers best-in-class carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 99 g/km in combination with Auto Start-Stop.
During 2013, additional vehicles will launch equipped with EcoBoost gasoline engines, including the Kuga (1.6L), Fiesta ST (1.6L), Transit and Tourneo Connect (1.0L) and EcoSport (1.0L).
During 2012, 830 Ford employees each contributed up to 16 hours of their time (paid for by Ford) to local community projects, totaling 12,400 hours.
Ford Motor Company won three out of a possible seven 2012 Euro NCAP best-in-class safety awards – more than any other manufacturer. Euro NCAP is Europe’s largest independent authority on vehicle safety, and the awards reflect vehicle crash-test performance as well as the availability of advanced safety technologies. The new Kuga topped the SUV sector, the Transit Custom triumphed in the Business and Family Vans class, and the B-MAX was the joint winner in the small multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) category. Also in 2012, the new B-MAX, new Fiesta, new Kuga and new Transit Custom were each awarded a maximum five-star rating under Euro NCAP’s new crash test scoring system. The Ranger and Focus retained the five-star ratings awarded in 2011, against more stringent 2012 requirements.
We won an award from the European Logistics Association for our “Network Integrator,” a logistics concept with Penske Logistics. It realizes savings of 25,000 truck kilometers and 10,000 tons of CO2 each year, based on an assumption of 750,000 shipments per year.
In Germany in early 2013, we received an “Engagement of the Year 2012” award from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. This award honors Ford’s Community Involvement Program in Germany as a role model for corporate citizenship.