SHANGHAI -- Ford Motor Co. will build the next-generation Fiesta and Mazda2 subcompacts at a new plant in Nanjing, China, according to a supplier industry source.
The cars will be based on a new global small-car platform, code-named B2E, that is being developed jointly by Ford and Mazda Motor Corp.
Ford owns a 33.4 percent stake in Mazda.
Changan Ford, Ford's joint venture in China, announced last month that it purchased land in the eastern China city for the plant. Ford Motor China spokesman Kenneth Hsu declined to say what models would be built in Nanjing.
Ford builds the Fiesta, top, and Mondeo, at its plant in Chongqing, China.
No timetable was given for completion of the plant. But the worldwide start of production of models on the B2E platform is not scheduled until November 2007.
Plant construction cannot begin until Ford receives approval from China's central government, which is reviewing the proposal.
Changan Ford is based in Chongqing in southwest China. It was formed in April 2001 as a 50-50 venture between Ford and Changan Automobile Group.
The joint venture is increasing capacity at its plant in Chongqing from 50,000 units to 200,000 units annually, according to Ford COO Jim Padilla. That's a 50,000-unit increase over the previously announced capacity target.
Padilla spoke at a signing ceremony for the Nanjing land on which the new plant is to be built.
Ford builds Mondeo and Fiesta models at the Chongqing plant. Mazda produces the Mazda 6 at First Auto Works in Changchun and produces the Mazda 323 and Premacy minivan models at its Hainan Mazda joint venture in south China.
Staff Reporter James B. Treece contributed to this report