UK – Following plans announced last year to address over-capacity in Europe, which included closing the Transit assembly plant in Southampton and stamping and tooling operations in Dagenham (DSTO), Ford has committed to investment in its remaining UK operations.

These will remain a global centre of excellence for powertrain development and production, with a new next-generation, low- CO2, 2.0-litre diesel engine range to be manufactured at Dagenham from 2016. The engine will be developed at the company’s technical centre in Dunton and at the Dagenham diesel centre.

Further investment has also been announced withthe establishment of a new powertrain tool room at Dagenham and production of a new 1.5-litre version of the EcoBoost petrol engine at the Bridgend engine plant in South Wales.