Ford Motor Co. will open a new plant in Vsevolozhsk in the Leningrad region of Russia on July 9, Russian news reports indicate. The plant will produce the Focus, which will go in sale locally in July, reports say. Production originally had been slated to begin in January. Ford expects to build 4,000 vehicles at the plant this year, but has invested $150 million at the location and hopes to increase production to 25,000 unit annually long term.

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