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Ford Ka From Fiat Tychy Plant
October 22, 2008 By A.R.    
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Italian car maker Fiat Sept. 25 began producing the second-generation Ford Ka in its plant at Tychy, southern Poland, under a deal made by the two automakers three years ago.

The new Ford Ka is a restyled version of the Fiat 500. The first-generation Ka was built at Ford's Valencia plant in Spain.

"Ford's new investment in Poland testifies to the high qualifications of Polish engineers and their ability to take up new technology challenges," said Polish Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak at the project's launch.

The two foreign corporations' growing involvement in Poland proves that Poland is competitive not only in terms of labor costs but also quality of production, Pawlak added.

As a result of the deal with Ford, the Fiat factory at Tychy has increased employment by some 1,000 and opened a new paint shop adapted to Ford's requirements. Now the Tychy plant is Fiat's biggest factory in Europe and second biggest in the world after one in Brazil. The factory's production capacity has grown to 600,000 units per year.

By the end of this year, some 20,000 Ford Kas will roll off the assembly line at Tychy; 98 percent of them will be exported. Ford has invested 210 million euros in the project.
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