Ford Is Spending Big On R&D In China


Ford Motor revealed on Monday that it will invest 11.4 billion yuan ($1.8 billion) over the next five years to expand research and development in China.

The American automobile maker has been gaining market share worldwide over the last few years, mostly at the expense of Japanese rivals.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based carmaker is the fifth-largest foreign automaker in China, behind General Motors, Volkswagen, Hyundai Motor and Nissan Motor.

During a corporate event in Shanghai, Chief Executive Mark Fields also introduced the C-MAX Energi, a plug-in hybrid, and the Mondeo conventional hybrid to the China market next year.

“By 2020 we will offer customers in China a range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric vehicles,” he said. Officials in the region have been attempting to encourage more hybrid and electric vehicles in the region in order to combat an increasingly bad pollution problem.

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