BERLIN -- Ford's Russian joint venture plans to hire more than 700 workers at its plant in Elabuga in Tatarstan to meet growing auto demand, especially for SUVs and light commercial vans, the carmaker said.
Ford Sollers will add a second shift to the factory for the first time in four years, with hirings due to start next month, to assemble Ford Kuga, Explorer and Transit models.
The factory also produces the Galaxy, S-Max and Tourneo models according to Automotive News Europe's European car assembly plant map.
"Development of SUV and light commercial vehicle lineups is the core of our strategy now," Ford Sollers CEO Adil Shirinov said. "We are committed to growing our market share in 2018 as well."
Auto sales in Russia jumped 17 percent in August compared with year-earlier levels, the Association of European Businesses lobby said in a statement last week.