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Ford has announced that it will invest US$1.6 billion (RM6.2 billion) in a brand-new factory in Mexico. This will be the Blue Oval’s first all-new North American assembly plant to be built in more than 20 years.

While the company has yet to confirm what models will be assembled at the plant, reports from Automotive News and Green Car Reports suggests that the next-generation Focus will move its production to Mexico from its current home in Wayne, Michigan, where it is made alongside the C-Max.

With a total production volume of 300,000 to 350,000 cars yearly, the plant will also produce a series of green vehicles – electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid – accounting for 50,000 units. Ford had earlier stated its green car initiative when it managed to register the ‘Model E’ moniker, beating Tesla Motors to it (the latter used the Model 3 moniker for its recently-unveiled entry-level EV instead).

The new Ford ‘Model E’ will effectively replace the current C-Max Hybrid, C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and Focus Electric EV. With the new plant’s construction slated to begin this summer, and production scheduled to begin in two years, the new green car is expected to hit the assembly line in 2019.