Genk (Bel­gium)

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Brand-new in the early 1960s, when it started build­ing front-wheel-drive Ford Taunus 12Ms, Genk be­came one of Ford of Europe’s largest plants, build­ing mil­lions of mod­els in­clud­ing Sier­ras, Tran­sits, Mon­deos and other de­riv­a­tives. The Sierra was a main­stay model in the 1980s, and even­tu­ally built all the RS Cosworth types, in­clud­ing the Sap­phire, the Cosworth 4x4, and of course the cars which even­tu­ally be­came RS500 Cos­worths in the UK. ST-type Mon­deos were also built there in the 1990s. The fac­tory closed down com­pletely in 2014.

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