Ford has given the green-light for a £181 million (€247M or $275M) investment at its engine factory in Bridgend, South Wales.

Ford has given the green-light for a £181 million (€247M or $275M) investment at its engine factory in Bridgend, South Wales.

With the ongoing Volkswagen 2.0 TDI engine scandal, many people are starting to lose their interest in turbodiesel engines, so Ford is focusing on gasoline units by making a major investment for a brand new array of "technologically-advanced, fuel-efficient" gasoline units. The Welsh Government is helping out Ford by providing £14.67 million of the total £181 million for these new motors that will hit the production line towards the end of 2018.

Details about these all-new engines are scarce at the moment, but we do know these will represent a joint effort coming from the Ford Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, the Ford Technical Centre in Merkenich Germany and also the Ford Research and Innovation Centre in Aachen, Germany.

For a little bit of history, Ford opened up the Bridgend engine factory in 1980 and they currently have 1,860 employees. The plant's size is 141,702 sq meters on 60 acres and last year it had a production output of 701,392 units. This is the place where they make engines for a variety of models such as the Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX, Kuga and the Mondeo.

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Ford announces £181 million investment at Bridgend factory to make all-new gasoline engines