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Andrei Chirileasa
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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Ford to discontinue EcoSport model produced in Romania

The small-sized SUV model EcoSport, produced in Romania by Ford since 2017, is approaching the end of its lifecycle.

"Ford does not comment on its production plans for its plants," Ford Romania representatives told Profit.ro, when asked if there were any plans to stop production of EcoSport.

However, several foreign publications quote sources indicating that Ford will discontinue the production of EcoSport in Romania as well after it decided similar steps in India and the US.

EcoSport, a model that was vital for Ford's plant in Craiova and even for Ford's business in Europe and other emerging markets, is an outdated model launched in 2012. This model's sales fell dramatically in 2020, especially in Europe - where Puma cannibalized it - but also in important markets such as India, South America and the US.

Mini MPV model B-Max, the first model produced by Ford in Craiova, was discontinued in 2019 and replaced by EcoSport. The company has no direct replacement model for EcoSport, but it already announced plans to stop producing the model in India and the US.

In Craiova, a commercial car is expected to be produced (besides SUV model Puma), which will also have an electric version starting in 2023.

andrei@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: the company)

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Profile picture for user andreich
Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

Ford to discontinue EcoSport model produced in Romania

The small-sized SUV model EcoSport, produced in Romania by Ford since 2017, is approaching the end of its lifecycle.

"Ford does not comment on its production plans for its plants," Ford Romania representatives told Profit.ro, when asked if there were any plans to stop production of EcoSport.

However, several foreign publications quote sources indicating that Ford will discontinue the production of EcoSport in Romania as well after it decided similar steps in India and the US.

EcoSport, a model that was vital for Ford's plant in Craiova and even for Ford's business in Europe and other emerging markets, is an outdated model launched in 2012. This model's sales fell dramatically in 2020, especially in Europe - where Puma cannibalized it - but also in important markets such as India, South America and the US.

Mini MPV model B-Max, the first model produced by Ford in Craiova, was discontinued in 2019 and replaced by EcoSport. The company has no direct replacement model for EcoSport, but it already announced plans to stop producing the model in India and the US.

In Craiova, a commercial car is expected to be produced (besides SUV model Puma), which will also have an electric version starting in 2023.

andrei@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: the company)

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