Ford Motor Co.'s Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co. venture in China has signed an agreement with the Chongqing municipal government to spend $500 million to build an engine plant in the western Chinese city, Bloomberg reported.
The planned plant will more than double Ford's engine capacity in China, according to an e-mailed statement from the company.
The engine factory will be Changan Ford Mazda's second and will add capacity of 400,000 units, the statement said. The plant mainly will supply the venture's assembly lines in Chongqing.
Construction will begin next year, and engine production will start in 2013, Ford said.
"This new engine plant will help power our ambitious expansion plans here in the world's largest automotive market," Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president for the Asia-Pacific and Africa region, said in the statement. "The growth potential in this part of the world in the next 10 years is astounding."
Changan Ford Mazda Automobile is a venture involving Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., Ford and Mazda Motor Corp.