Ford Changan joint venture opens r&d center in China
Ford Motor and partner Changan Automobile launched a new research and development center for their passenger vehicle joint venture in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing.
The facility is part of a plan to accelerate business development at Changan Ford, according to Ford China, a Ford unit in charge of the U.S. company’s operations in the Greater China region.
The center, which opened last week, will enable Changan Ford to achieve deeper integration of Ford’s product design DNA and Chinese consumers’ preferences in vehicle design.
It will also develop vehicle prototypes and test vehicles for emissions; vehicle and component endurance; noise, vibration and harshness; and dynamic performance and functionality.
Changan Ford, based in Chongqing, produces and markets sedans and crossovers under the Ford brand.
It is also slated to start assembling vehicles for the Lincoln brand later this year.