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Ford Sollers Elabuga Assembly – Yelabuga, Russia

The Ford Sollers Elabuga assembly plant, also known as the Elabuga plant, is part of Ford Sollers, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and Russian automotive company Sollers. However, unlike one of its sister factories; the Ford St. Petersburg assembly plant, the Elabuga plant is located in the town of Yelabuga, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia and operates alongside the Naberezhnye Chelny assembly plant.

Operating as a Ford manufacturing center since 2008, the Ford Sollers Elabuga assembly plant currently overseas production of vehicles like the Ford Explorer, Ford Kuga and Ford Transit destined for the Russian, European and worldwide markets. This is also where the Ford 1.6L Sigma engine is assembled.

In 2019, Ford announced it will discontinue its passenger vehicle portfolio in Russia to help deliver a more competitive and sustainably profitable business going forward. As we write this, it is still unclear if Ford will continue manufacturing vehicles at the Elabuga assembly plant.

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Quick Facts

Year opened2008
Facility size2,385,153 square feet (221,587 m2)
Land occupied116 acres
LocationElabuzhskiy municipal district, Elabuga, Special Economic Zone "Alabuga", SH-2, building 1/1, Republic of Tatarstan, Yelabuga 423600, Russia
Hourly employeesTBA
Salaried employeesTBA
Total employees1,160


VehiclesProduction Years
Ford Explorer2012 - present
Ford Kuga2012 - present
Ford Transit2012 - present
EnginesProduction Years
Ford 1.6L Sigma2015 - present

Historical Timeline

  • 2002: The Ford St. Petersburg plant begins production of the Russian and European market Ford Focus.
  • 2011: Ford CEO Alan Mulally and Sollers general director Vadim Shvetsov announce the creation of an equally owned joint venture called Ford Sollers. The new company takes control of the Ford Vsevolozhsk plant as well as two Sollers factories in the Tatarstan region, one in Yelabuga and the other in Naberezhny Chelny.
  • 2015: Elabuga becomes the first engine plant of a foreign brand in Russia. The plant produces three versions of the 1.6L Duratec engine with 85 hp, 105 hp and 125 hp.
  • 2019: Ford announces a massive restructuring of its Sollers joint venture as a response to the discontinuation of its passenger vehicle portfolio in Russia. The decision, according to Ford, will help deliver a more competitive and sustainably profitable business.


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