Ford Sollers Elabuga announces the start of the renewed Ford Transit production
ELABUGA, Tatarstan, Russia. September 9, 2019. – A joint venture of PJSC SOLLERS and Ford Motor Company Ford Sollers Elabuga announces the start of the renewed Ford Transit production at the company's plant in the Alabuga Special Economic Zone. The first cars were produced and shipped to official Transit Centers.
The new version of Ford Transit has all the advantages of the earlier version as well as new seats. The details of its exterior and the interior are also made in new colors. Moreover, the chassis and door locks have been upgraded, which has made the car body even stronger.
Ford Transit is a leader in the Russian market in the commercial vehicle segment among foreign brands. During the period between January and August the sales of the model increased by 7% and amounted to 7,267 cars compared to a similar period in 2018. Overall, 1,237 cars were sold in August.
To recall, Ford Transit has been produced at the plant in Elabuga since April 2015, under the full cycle technology including welding and painting.
Basic versions include a panel van, a bus and chassis with all types of drive. Last year a medium roof long wheelbase van and a FWD van with a maximum plated weight increased to 3,500 kg, an enhanced suspension and 16-inch wheels were added to the model range last year. Besides, the range of special and social vehicles based on Ford Transit for state and private customers was expanded. Currently, there are over 55 of such a versions, from school buses to ambulances and mobile stalls.
The enterprise also continues to develop vertical localization which provides for organizing the whole production chain in Russia, from producing raw materials to making ready-made components. Thus, this year supply of bumpers for Ford Transit made of TathimPlast's materials were localized and launched. The supply chain includes enterprises of petrochemical and automotive industry of the Republic of Tatarstan: PJSC TATNEFT (production), PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim (Nizhnekamsk) (basic polymers), LLC TathimPlast (Kazan) (compounds), and LLC Hiton-Plast 2 (bumpers). Thus, 100% of the production chain, from oil production and processing of raw materials to making a part and installing it on a car, is localized. Local raw materials are also used for making control panels and door panels for Ford Transit.
About Ford Sollers Elabuga
Ford Sollers Elabuga LLC is a renewed joint venture of SOLLERS PJSC and Ford Motor Company. It produces Ford Transit cars using full cycle technology at its own plant in the SEZ Alabuga (Elabuga, Republic of Tatarstan). SOLLERS PJSC is a managing shareholder with a 51% share in the authorized capital. The renewed joint venture officially began operations in July 2019.