Round-the-world Fiesta visits Ford Bridgend
Workers at the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant were paid a thank you visit by the team which is currently driving a new generation Ford Fiesta around the world.
The 1.6 litre petrol engine is built in South Wales for the Fiesta and one of them is now a quarter of the way through its 15,000 miles journey through 21 countries, which will take almost two months.
The demonstration programme will cover North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and ends in Australia.
Ford Bridgend engines are powering new generations of Ford vehicles that are designed to be sold globally.
Ford’s UK manufacturing plants are geared-up to produce two million engines a year, half from Bridgend, as well as transmissions and commercial vehicles.
Kieran Cahill, Ford Bridgend plant manager, said, “We are delighted to welcome the round-the-world Fiesta to Bridgend, birthplace of its 1.6-litre petrol engine. Ford Bridgend is increasing production and will soon be exporting engines all around the world."
Ford Bridgend is producing the new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine, which offers CO2 and fuel savings of up to 20 per cent compared with conventional petrol-engine technology. It debuts in the new Ford C-MAX range this autumn.
By David Miles