Over 40 million Ford cars use British engines

The Dagenham plant has been producing engines since 1931, and only recently stopped producing Ford vehicles back in 2002. The Essex plant supplies 50 per cent of all Ford diesel engines worldwide, and it has celebrated its on-going success as it reaches its 40 millionth milestone.

The lucky number 40,000,000 was a 1.6 TDCi diesel engine, one of the most popular Ford engines on sale now.

But the Dagenham plant is not alone in Ford’s UK engine production as it liaises with the Ford’s Bridgend plant and together produces two million engines a year.

The Bridgend plant is also home to Ford’s award winning EcoBoost engine range, which includes the 1.0-litre EcoBoost variant, which was voted 2012 International Engine of the Year.

The engine will appear in the new Ford Focus this year and the all-new Ford B-Max, a Fiesta-based five-seat people carrier set which will be available to order from the end of September.

With an impressive 40 million engines built, just at Dagenham, it is clear that Ford has made massive progression in engine production, as well as developments in engine technology, which has lead to it retaining its spot at the top of the best sellers chart for months on end with models like the Ford Fiesta.

Joe Greenwell, Ford Britain chairman, said: “Dagenham producing 40 million engines is a significant milestone for Ford’s biggest UK site. Ford Dagenham now produces Ford’s most fuel-efficient engine in the 1.6-litre TDCi unit and exports to 12 countries around the world as part of our global ‘One Ford’ strategy.”

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