Turkish automaker Ford Otosan plans to bring about seven suppliers, some already active in Romania, closer to the automobile factory in Craiova that it took over recently from Ford, Guven Ozyurt, general manager of Ford Otosan, reportedly told Romanian media in Istanbul.

“We are ready to start production of the new generation Ford Courier in Craiova, together with the investments we are making. We will invest in the modernisation of production lines, and we are yet to decide whether we will also build a battery factory”, added Ozyurt, quoted by Profit.ro and cited by romania-insider.com.

After production in Romania increases to 272,000 units, the Turkish-American company will reach approximately 900,000 vehicles produced, mostly commercial vehicles, the report said.

“We will reach 272,000 vehicles with the launch of the Courier models. A threshold of 300,000 cars is possible but if we reach the proposed target, we will already be very close,” Ozyurt added.