Ford Motor Co. says in reports that its new car plant in central China is on track to begin production of passenger cars early next year, ahead of the original May 2003 target. Construction of the $98 million joint venture between Ford and Chongqing Chang’an Automobile Co. Ltd. is ahead of schedule. The main factory building already is completed and machinery and equipment are being installed. Administrative and support services buildings are slated for completion within a few months. ...

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