In a first, Ford to import Focus small car from China

20 Juin, 2017, 17:10 | Author: Come Portier
  • Ford to export next Focus from China to US in 2019: executive

Ford said it would begin making the Focus in China for global markets in 2019, after production ends at its current location in MI.

With its latest move, Ford has fully abandoned its strategy of relocating small-car production to Mexico that had been announced past year by then-CEO Mark Fields. Ford is a top auto exporter in the U.S.

The company's move is notable for several reasons, including the fact President Donald Trump has closely watched Ford's business and pledged to stop the Detroit automaker from moving jobs to Mexico. The suburban Detroit plant that now makes the Focus will be converted late next year to produce the Ford Ranger pickup and Ford Bronco SUV.

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"Finding a more cost-effective way to deliver the next Focus program in North America is a better plan, allowing us to redeploy the money we save into areas of growth for the company - especially sport utilities, commercial vehicles, performance vehicles as well as mobility, autonomous vehicles and electrified vehicles", said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president, Global Operations, in a statement.

Ford is investing $900 million in Kentucky Truck Plant for plant upgrades to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which begin arriving in dealerships this fall. It's opening a plant in China to build Focus models instead of following through on previous plans to build the cars in Hermosillo, Mexico. The company said the investment would preserve 1,000 jobs at the plant. But over the last few months, Hinrichs said, Ford decided it could save another $500 million in tooling and other manufacturing costs if it moved production to China. Ford expects to export 80,000 vehicles to China this year. General Motors Co. started importing the low-volume Buick Envision midsize SUV from China in 2016. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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