During the four months of operations, Ford manufactured last year in Craiova some 300 Transit Connect cars, of which some reached the Romanian market, but the bulk were exported to countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy or Bulgaria, company officials told HotNews. Ford announced that, in the future, it plans to reach an output of 300,000 automobiles, while in the “near future” the company will put in production a small vehicle repeatedly described by media as B-Max, the successor of Fusion. “At present, the activity of Ford in Romania mainly focuses on meeting the quality criteria and observing standards, rather than the manufacturing volume. Once it reaches the maximum operational capacity, the Ford plant in Craiova will manufacture up to 300,000 vehicles and 300,000 engines a year,” company officials explained. During the event that marked the beginning of production, John Fleming, the chief of Ford Europe, said the output will be low for starters, also because the market of utility vehicles has significantly declined, and estimated a total output of 20 – 30,000 units this year. Ford exports the overwhelming majority of the Transit Connect cars it manufactures because it had small sales on the local market of utility vehicles, with almost 550 units in 2008 and some 330 last year.