Ford Motor Co. is spending $550 million to retool its Michigan Assembly Plant for production of the redesigned 2011 Ford Focus.
Focus production begins next year, followed in 2011 with assembly of a battery-electric Focus. The investment is expected to support about 3,200 jobs at the plant, the automaker said in a news release.
The Focus is being developed in Europe on the automakers new global front-drive C-car platform. More than two million vehicles eventually are expected to be built globally off that platform including the Focus and other derivatives.
The pure-electric, battery-powered Focus is being developed in partnership with supplier Magna International Inc. A lithium ion battery is planned.
The plant previously assembled the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
As previously announced, Ford is converting three truck and SUV plants to car plants. The other two plants are Cuautitlan Assembly in Mexico, which will produce the subcompact Fiesta early next year, and Louisville (Ky.) Assembly, which will be converted to produce other vehicles derived from the Focus platform, beginning in 2011.