Ford Lio Ho

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Ford Lio Ho Motor Company, Ltd.
Native name 福特六和汽車股份有限公司
Type Joint venture
Industry Automotive
Founded 1972
Headquarters Zhongli, Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Owners Ford Motor Company (70%)
Lio Ho Group (30%)
Ford Lio Ho
Chinese 福特六和
Ford Lio Ho headquarters

Ford Lio Ho Motor is an Taiwanese-based automaker. It is 70% owned by Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company.[1] Its current passenger car range includes the Fiesta (Mk 6, Mk 7), the Focus (Mk 2, Mk 3), and the Mondeo (Mk 2, Mk 3, Mk 4), as well as the i-Max and the Escape. Its commercial vehicle range consists of the Ranger and the Econovan.[2]

It began operations in 1972, assembling Ford models like the Cortina, Escort, and Granada. In the 1980s, it began assembly of Mazda-based models, such as the Laser (Mazda 323), Telstar (Mazda 626) and Festiva (Mazda 121). Former Ford models unique to Taiwan include the Ford Tierra, based on the Mazda 323 sedan, but with different styling from the similar Ford Laser, the Ford Activa, a rebadged Mazda 323 hatchback, and the Ford Mondeo Metrostar, based on the European Mondeo sedan, but with styling cues from the North American Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique.

Taiwan-market Ford and Mazda vehicles include locally-assembled Ford Mondeo, Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Ford Escape, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, and Mazda Tribute. Also, all 2007 model year Asia/Pacific (except South Korean-market) Ford Escapes are assembled by Ford Lio Ho. The Taiwan-assembled Mondeo is also exported to mainland China. After the ban on diesel-engined passenger cars was lifted in Taiwan in 2004, Ford Lio Ho became the first local manufacturer to build a diesel car. This was a diesel Focus, introduced in August 2007.[3]

The Taiwanese units of Jaguar, Land Rover, and Mazda are organized under Ford Lio Ho.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ford Lio Ho rolls out 2 millionth car". taipeitimes.com. Taipei Times. November 20, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "福特六和 - 轎車". www.Ford.com.tw. August 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ford Lio Ho Motor, Yulon Motor, China Motor in Taiwan planning to expand exports of complete vehicles". Automotive Information Platform (MarkLines) (625). 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 

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