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Ford Lio Ho Motor Co. Assembly Plant – Chung Li, Taiwan

Ford Lio Ho Motor Co. is a Taiwanese-based automaker and the primary manufacturer and dealer of Ford vehicles in Taiwan. Formed in 1972, it is the result of a joint venture between the Ford Motor Company and the former Liou-ho Automotive Industrial Corporation, which once assembled Toyota vehicles destined to the Taiwanese and global markets.

While the assembly plant was once a manufacturing hub for Ford and Mazda, Ford Lio Ho Motor Co. now focuses exclusively on Ford vehicles. It currently overseas the production of the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Ford Kuga destined for the Asian Pacific markets.

The location also once included the Ford Liou-ho Design Technology Center or Ford Design & Research Center. Established in 2002 in Taipei, the complex has overseen the development products dedicated to Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, and Russia. The Center was recently shut down due to the one Ford strategy.

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Quick Facts

Year opened1973
Facility size1,566,311 square feet (145,515 m2)
Land occupied86 acres
LocationNo. 705號, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 320
Hourly employeesTBA
Salaried employeesTBA
Total employees800


VehiclesProduction Years
Ford Fiesta2012 - present
Ford Focus2007 - present
Ford Kuga2007 - present

Historical Timeline

  • 1973: The facility is opened and assembly of the Ford Cortina, Ford Escort and Ford Granada begin.
  • 1974: Production of the previously Philippine-made Ford Fiera AUV is transferred over to Lio Ho Motor Co.
  • 1986: Production of Mazda-based models like the Laser (Mazda 323), Telstar (Mazda 626) and Festia (Mazda 121) begin. The Taiwan-built Laster is exported to Canada as a rebadged Mercury Tracer.
  • 2007: All Ford Escapes destined to the Asian Pacific market (except China and South Korea) are assemby at the Lio Ho Motor Co. assembly plant.
  • 2007: The diesel Ford Focus is the first diesel-powered automobile assembled in Taiwan.
  • 2010: With Ford’s reduced share-holding of Mazda, all vehicles assembled at the Lio Ho Motor Co. assembly plant going forward are exclusive to Ford.


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