NANJING, Jiangsu – Chang’an-Ford-Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. (CFME) officially began production on April 26 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. The first product is the BZ series engine.
CFME, the 50:25:25 joint venture between Chang’an Automobile Group, Ford and Mazda, is now one of the largest and most modern engine assembly plants in China. The $312.5-million plant’s 350,000-unit annual production capacity will mainly fulfill the needs of Ford and Mazda vehicle assembly operations in China.
The state-of-the-art manufacturing plant consists of three major facilities for casting, machining, and assembly. Five key engine components are being manufactured on site, including the cylinder block, cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, and connecting rods.
“CFME represents a critical step in Ford Motor Company’s long-term vision and growth strategy for the Chinese market, and it keeps us on track to becoming one of the key players in the world’s second-largest automotive market,” said Mei-Wei Cheng, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor (China) Ltd.
The joint venture agreement among the three CFME partners was signed in April 2005, and five months later it broke ground for the plant.
CFME’s BZ series engine, embodying the latest techniques in engine design and manufacturing from Mazda, adopts a modern aluminum cylinder head and block, VCT variable intake timing, plastic intake manifold and TSCV (tumble swirl control valve). All of these features significantly improve engine performance, adding more power and better fuel economy, reducing exhaust and noise, as well as exceeding China’s vehicle emissions standards.