Ford has begun production of the Focus at its Vsevolozhsk Plant near St. Petersburg, Russia. More than 5,000 Russian customers have already ordered a new Focus.
The new Ford Focus will be assembled in Russia in all three body styles: four-door, five-door and wagon. The five-door door version is now in production; the four-door Focus and the wagon will go into production in September and January 2012, respectively.
The Focus has been a popular vehicle in Russia since it first went on sale there in 1999. To date, more than 500,000 Ford Focus units have been sold in Russia. More than 400,000 of these cars were built in the country at the Ford plant in Vsevolozhsk, the first production facility owned by a global automotive company in Russia, and which started manufacturing the Ford Focus in August 2002.
Since then, during seven years the Ford Focus was the best selling foreign made car in Russia, including in 2010. The start of all-new Ford Focus production in Russia commences on the same day as the first on-sale date for the Focus in South Africa.