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Ford plant in northwest Russia to produce Ford Mondeo cars

  A Ford factory near Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg intends to stick to its plans for capacity expansion and will start rolling out Ford Mondeo cars in March, a top city official said Thursday.

“The Ford Company confirmed its intentions to introduce additional production capacities and produce Mondeo cars in March,” Grigory Dvas, St. Petersburg deputy governor, said. Dvas also said the company planned to boost the capacity output of Ford Focus cars to 125,000.

The Ford plant in Vsevolozhsk, near St. Petersburg, was opened in the summer of 2002 and employs some 2,200 workers. On January 21, the plant restarted its assembly lines, which were shut down on December 24. In line with Russia’s Labor Code, the company paid its workers two-thirds of their salaries during the extended holidays. (