Ford in Britain Today

Ford is the biggest motor company in the UK, with seven locations and over 550 Dealerships.

Ford also have several large plants, where they manufacture vehicles, engines and transmissions, as well as parts and components.

In total, Ford of Britain and its dealers employ around 35,000 people in product development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, and service roles.

Sales

Ford has been Britain's best-selling car brand for over 30 years, and it's commercial vehicles have been market leaders since 1965.

Ford currently sell around 440,000 cars and commercial vehicles each year. And one of it's biggest success stories has been the Ford Focus: it's been the UK's most popular car each year since its launch in 1998.

Product Development

The Ford Research and Development Centre based at Dunton, Essex works on new engines, commercial vehicles and transmissions.

It's home to over 3,000 engineers and extensive R&D facilities, including high speed and special surface tracks. There are also indoor laboratories including rolling roads, crash simulators and test cells that can house up to 15 vehicles and 100 engines.

All of this means Ford can really put prototype engines and vehicles through severe testing regimes. That way they can ensure that they meet stringent quality standards, long before they reach the customer.

Manufacturing

Ford have four major manufacturing sites around the UK, employing thousands of people.

The Ford Dagenham plant produces around a million diesel engines a year, from the 1.4 Petrol up to a high performance V8 unit.

Thanks to its strategic position on the Thames, plus excellent motorway and rail connections, Dagenham is also the UK transport hub: thousands of vehicles, engines and components pass in and out daily.

Ford's engine plant in Bridgend, Wales, is the centre of our petrol engine production, for everything from a 1.25 all the way up to a 4.4 litre V8 engine. Dagenham and Bridgend also make and supply engines to other car brands.

The historic port of Southampton is home to the iconic Ford Transit.

And finally, Ford's Halewood plant is run jointly with transmission specialists Getrag. It's situated on the same site where Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are assembled. This specialist gearbox plant supplies Ford cars and commercial vehicles.