Ford has been hailed by the Government for its contribution to the British automotive manufacturing sector after new figures showed impressive growth in its engine exports.
The carmaker said UK-built engines are exported to 15 countries across six continents and they now power all of Ford's Fiesta cars made in Europe.
Business minister Mark Prisk said: "It is an amazing achievement for the UK that nearly a third of all the cars built by Ford globally will have an engine that's been designed and built by Ford in the UK.
"It is a good example of the UK as a world-class manufacturing base that can successfully export all over the world."
Ford currently employs nearly 15,000 people across its operations in the country.
Joe Greenwell, chairman of Ford Britain, said: "Ford's UK operations are vital to our global strategy and they draw on an engineering resource that has tremendous potential to expand.
"Just as Ford's British engines power our business globally, so Britain's manufacturing sector can power the economy to a sustainable recovery."
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