Ford Could Build New Ka, EcoSport In Romania

Ford is considering building the EcoSport and new generation Ka at is Craiova plant, in Romania, alongside the B-Max, from 2017.

Quoting “sources close to the factory“, local paper Ziarul Financiar states that the two models might increase vehicle production at the facility from the current 50,000 units annually to approximately 200,000 – still short of its 300,000 full capacity.

Officials declined to comment the story when contacted by AutoNews: “There is nothing new to be announced“, said Jim Farley, Ford of Europe President. “Craiova remains a very critical part of our operation. Expect the Ford team to be laser-focused on continuing to get most of the plant“, he added.

The Craiova plant currently produces the B-Max. Sales of the subcompact minivan were down 14 percent last year, to 46,315, while the Ka sold 48,603, down 8 percent. On the other hand, sales of the EcoSport on the Old Continent have tripled, to just over 40,000.

Ford started manufacturing vehicles in Romania in 2009. The first model to roll off was the Transit Connect light van, which has since been moved to Valencia, Spain. The plant is also responsible with producing the 1.0-liter EcoBoost and 1.5-liter EcoBoost engines for the B-Max and Mondeo respectively.

PHOTO GALLERY

1967 Honda S800 Is The S2000’s Grandfather, Revs To 10,000 RPM

You could buy this mint S800 for about the cost of a new Ford Fiesta in the UK.

New Red Bull Racing Signing Pierre Gasly Finds 2019 Car A Tough Nut To Crack

RBR team boss Christian Horner says Gasly must refine his driving style to get the best out of his ride.

You Know You Want This 10K-Mile 1994 Supra Turbo – But Can You Afford It?

This twin-turbo Supra seems to be in all original, and pretty fine, condition, but it has a six-figure price tag.

Modern Take On Iconic Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Looks Absolutely Spot-On

If the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR and AMG One had a baby, it could look like this.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Is Back, Gains Gorgeous Speedster Variant

Only 38 units of the resurrected Vantage V12 Zagato will be made: 19 Coupés and 19 Speedsters.

This Mercedes Driver In New Jersey Parked On Top Of A Toyota

According to the Maywood Police Department, the Merc driver pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Strange Rover: Honda Element Owner Loves British Luxury SUV’s… Badges

This boxy Honda SUV gets some original logos, funny-looking dual exhausts – and that’s all.

Today’s AI Quiz: Do Robot Dogs Dream Of Hauling Box Trucks?

Apparently, Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots are looking to steal jobs from sled dogs too.

Dodge Challenger Gets Acquainted With The Liberty Walk Ethos

Wide body kits are Liberty Walk’s specialty, and this one seems to suit the Challenged just fine.

Fancy A “Cheap” Rolls-Royce? This Phantom Drophead Coupe Might Be The One

The highest bid for this one-owner Phantom Drophead Coupe currently sits at under $100k.