However, Ford says both changes - which would see the second model line have a capacity of 150,000 units a year - are subject to agreed performance milestones being reached. In November 1997, Ford confirmed that Dagenham would be the lead plant for the next generation Fiesta due early in the next decade and the likelihood of a second model for Dagenham follows massive European demand for the new Focus.
Focus is at present built alongside Ka at the Valencia plant and at the manufacturer's plant in Germany. However, it is understood that, to meet continued demand across the continent for Focus, Ford will switch Ka production to Dagenham. Newspaper speculation following Ford's announcement centred on the likelihood that the second vehicle to be built at Dagenham would be a multi-activity vehicle off the Fiesta platform, but Fleet NewsNet has been told by a Ford insider that such a strategy was not true.