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Production soars at Ford plant

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The Ford factory in Bridgend has made over 15 million engines in the last 11 years, the company has revealed.

Production volumes at the plant were up by 18.3% year-on-year for August, with company paper The Blue Oval saying the factory had been powered towards the landmark number by increased output levels.

The company added that vehicle scrappage schemes introduced across Europe had powered the facility towards the milestone earlier than expected.

The scheme - newly extended in the UK - offers a discounted new car in return for an owner trading-in their old vehicle. it has proved to be popular with manufacturers, motorists and car insurance providers

The factory specialises in building engines for the manufacturer's small and medium cars, which are presently enjoying high sales because of the scrappage scheme and the economic downturn.

Ford Bridgend's four-cylinder engine family comprises 1.25, 1.4 and 1.6-litre versions.

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