Brid­gend (UK)

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As Ford be­came part of Ford-ofEurope, and sales boomed, Ford needed a new petrol en­gine plant. They chose a devel­op­ment site near the M4 at Brid­gend in South Wales, which opened up in 1980, first to pro­duce mil­lions of CVH power units, fol­lowed by huge num­bers of Zetec and Zetec SE 16-valve power units. From the mid-1990s, too, Brid­gend be­gan pro­duc­ing V8 (and in more mod­ern times) V6 en­gines for Jaguar and Land Rover). When times are boom­ing, Brid­gend can, and does, pro­duce 1 mil­lion en­gines a year — some of which have gone into cars like the Es­cort RS Turbo, the orig­i­nal Fo­cus RS, and sev­eral ST mod­els.

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