Speaking in front of a number of UK business leaders at the Confederation of British Industry’s Annual Lecture, Mulally stated how one-third of all Ford cars globally are powered by British engines.
He said: "Ford in Britain can produce two million engines a year including the latest low-CO2 technology petrol engines from Ford Bridgend in Wales and highly-efficient diesel engines from Ford Dagenham in London."
The UK’s powertrain expertise can have ‘a global role and one that grow in importance’, according to Mulally, who has been credited with turning Ford around since taking over as CEO.
Mulally was chosen to present the lecture because he had successfully ‘saved a global icon from decline’, according to Richard Lambert, CBI director-general.
There was also praise for Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre, which focuses on improving powertrain technology and commercial engineering.
The Dunton centre is the largest of its kind in the UK and means Ford is the 11th largest research and design investor in the UK.
Ford engines such as the new low-CO2 EcoBoost petrol range are developed and built in the UK. The engines will be used in the Ford C-Max, Ford Grand C-Max and the new Ford Focus, which along with the Fiesta is the best-selling car in the UK in 2010 so far.
Ford hopes to expand its UK engine building operations by investing £1.5 billion in its engineering facilities at Bridgend, Dagenham, Dunton and Southampton.