|Ford Transit Southampton|
|Ford Motor Company|
Southampton Assembly Plant
Built as a shadow factory in the 1930s and used to assemble Spitfires during World War II, the Southampton factory was aquired by Ford in 1953. The site was initially used for building truck bodies, with the first Transit being built there in 1972. Nowadays, around 75,000 vehicles are produced annually at the site, with around 50% being exported.
In 2002 Ford stopped producting passenger cars in the UK, leaving the Transit as their only British-made vehicle, although Ford engines are still made in Dagenham and Bridgend. The Transit is also assembled in Kocaeli in Turkey, alongside Ford's smaller van, the Transit Connect. Ford have suggested that panel van production may be entirely moved to Turkey after 2012, leaving Southampton just to make chassis cabs.
Vehicles produced at Southampton