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Ford to build EcoSport, Edge SUVs in Russia

Ford has announced plans to build two SUVs in Russia.

Ford announced on Monday that it will begin production of its EcoSport and Edge SUVs in Russia next year. The move is part of Ford's plan to grab a bigger slice of the growing Russian auto market.

Ford and its Russia joint-venture partner Sollers will begin building the compact EcoSport utility vehicle in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, sometime next year. The Edge will begin production in Elabuga, Tatarstan, early next year.

"The Ford EcoSport and Ford Edge, which have proved to be great successes around the world, will give Russian customers two new stylish, fun-to-drive options from Ford's family of SUVs,” said Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who currently is visiting Ford Sollers' operations in Russia. "In addition to strengthening the Ford brand in Russia, production of these vehicles will create jobs and prosperity for the local community and help build a strong Russian auto industry for the future.”

The EcoSport will be the first vehicle built at Ford's all-new Naberezhnye Chelny plant.

The Russian-built EcoSport will be available with either a 1.6L or 2.0L engine. Both manual and automatic transmissions will be on offer.

The Edge will be positioned between the Explorer and Kuga in Russia. The Edge will be offered exclusively with a 3.5L V6, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Ford announced plans in 2012 to offer the Edge in mainland Europe for the first time in 2014.

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