Spain is one of the countries in the world with greater tradition when it comes to manufacture cars. According to Lebrancon (2009), one of the scholars of our history of the automobile, in 1920 Ford Motor Company settled in one of the first and main zones of Spain, specifically in Cadiz. However, as direct competitors of Ford transferred to Barcelona, had to move its Cadiz plant to that city.
It was not until the year 1976 when moved production to the Valencian of Almussafes city. This plant was inaugurated the day 18 of October of that year and since then not has made more than bring joys for the region and Spain. Its location was chosen in 1973 by Henry Ford II since he decided to acquire 270 hectares corresponding to some 636 orchards in the area.
If dates do not fail, November 18 of this year, the factory in Almussafes will be forty years. In addition, as could read the other day, the model that commemorates this birthday is the Ford Fiesta. The urban small oval brand was the first vehicle brand manufactured in this plant. This car came to revolutionize mobility within the brand after the severe crisis of the oil.
During the forty years that the factory has been operating the Ford Fiesta has been the model most assembled with more than 5 million units. Models that follow in the ranking are the Ford Focus with 2.2 million units, with 1.4 million Ford Ka, Ford Escort with over one million and the newest model of bulk has been the Orion with more than 400,000 units.
These models have given way to new ones now that the Fiesta and Focus have been discontinued in the Valencia plant. However, to replace them arrived in 2013 the Kuga, Mondeo and the Transit Connect provided to the plant new load of work for more years more.
According to Ford Spain between the years 1976 and 2015 have been manufactured more than 11.6 million vehicles and if you add forecasts that this year the result is that they have been manufactured during these years cuarent more than 12 million cars.
Many congratulations Almussafes, by these forty and many forty more.
Source – Ford Almussafes
Source – Lebrancon Nieto, j. (2009) “The warehouses in Spain, 1914-1930)” research on economic history, University of Santiago de Compostela.