Ford keeps mum about Romanian car
US carmaker Ford declined at the Paris Motor Show on Thursday to provide more details about a new small car it plans to build at its plant in Romania.
"Even the Romanian government was asking us this and we're not even telling them," Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO of Ford Europe, said when asked by AFP for more details of the vehicle and its name.
The firm announced last month that it would start to produce the car next year at its plant in Craiova, 250 kilometres (155 miles) west of Bucharest but refused to give details about the vehicle for "competitive reasons."
A Ford executive said then that the plant would make around 150,000 units a year and that the car would "not be a vehicle that we have in the portfolio at the moment."
Ford bought the former Daewoo plant in 2008 and promised to invest 675 million euros (880 million dollars) to increase annual capacity to 300,000 cars and 300,000 engines from 2011.
The company was supposed to produce up to 250,000 cars by the end of 2011, according to an agreement with the Romanian government.
Odell said Thursday that "we're really plesed with what's happening in the Craiova plant."
"We've actually installed some great technology. The paint-shop is probably one of the most modern paint-shops in the world. it's not just a low cost plant," he said.
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