Ford Motor Company Philippines (FMCP) proudly announces that it has completed the largest-ever fleet sales order to Indonesia, exporting a total of 577 Philippine-made Ford Focus units for the Indonesian National Police Force as part of its 2009 fleet program. Additionally, the Indonesian National Police Force purchased 591 Ford Rangers produced in AutoAlliance Thailand to complete the fleet sales order.
As the first and only volume exporter of CBU vehicles in the Philippines, the 577 Ford Focus units purchased are proudly manufactured in FMCP's Santa Rosa, Laguna plant - an indication of quality and a strong vote of confidence in Ford products produced by a world-class Filipino workforce.
"This fleet-purchase to Indonesia is significant for FMCP as it points to the success of our export business and underscores the exceptional quality of the vehicles we produce in the Philippines. It is also a testament to the world-class craftsmanship and dedication of Ford's Filipino workforce which enabled these vehicles to earn such successes," said Ford Group Philippines President Rick Baker.
Exports currently account for roughly half of FGP's total production volume. As of end of August, cumulative exports number over 62,500 Ford and Mazda vehicles, with an export value of more than US$800 million.
"We are delighted with the progress of our CBU export program in light of this year's more challenging environment," says Baker. "Ford Philippines is the only domestic manufacturer with a CBU export program, and we remain committed to deliver high quality vehicles to our neighboring ASEAN markets," Baker added.
FGP has a track record of success in exporting its Ford Focus, Ford Escape, Mazda3, and Mazda Tribute vehicles to ASEAN markets that include Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia since 2002. This success is highly hinged on the availability of a world class Filipino workforce that is highly skilled and engaged. As well as focus on quality and cost efficiency with adoption of international best practices in manufacturing technology, quality management and safety from Ford's global network of operations.
Testament to this, the Philippine-made 2009 Ford Focus TDCi PowerShift and the new Ford Escape bagged Car of the Year awards at the recent 2009 Bangkok International Motor Show.