Ford Motor said it will recruit nearly 1,000 people as it prepares to build its EcoSport subcompact SUV in Romania for European markets, ending imports from India.
Production of the EcoSport is due to start this autumn at Ford's factory in Craiova, 232 km west of the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
The Craiova-built EcoSport will be sold across Europe except Russia, while Ford's Chennai plant will continue to build the EcoSport for domestic Indian sales and for other export markets, Ford said in a statement Thursday.
The company will invest up to 200 million euros ($213.00 million) in the plant.
Ford said it will continue to assess the possibility of building new products at its Craiova plant to make full use of existing output and technology while holding talks with the Romanian government over improving infrastructure and logistics.
The Craiova plant currently has a workforce of 2,715 employed in vehicle and engine assembly operations. Ford said it will recruit an additional 976 people.
Ford currently builds the B-Max subcompact minivan at the factory, according to Automotive News Europe's European car assembly plant map. B-Max sales in Europe fell 12 percent to 40,570 last year, according to JATO Dynamics. By comparison, European sales of the EcoSport rose 44 percent to 57,280.
Ford said last May that it planned to transfer production of the EcoSport for European markets to Romania from India.
Reuters contributed to this report