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Serious Ford To Move Focus Production From Michigan To China

Discussion in 'The Courtyard Café' started by chittychitty, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. chittychitty

    chittychitty Alfrescian Old Timer

    Nov 28, 2014
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    President Trump will not be pleased to hear this news.

    Under pressure from Donald Trump, Ford scrapped its plans to build a $1 billion plant in Mexico that would’ve produced its Focus compact car. But in a move that’s likely to vex the president, the automaker has decided to relocate its production to China in 2019.

    Ford currently builds the Focus at its factory in Wayne, Michigan, and in facilities in Germany and China. The automaker had originally planned to shift the car’s production from Michigan to Mexico in order to pay lower labor costs. In January, however, Ford announced that it had nixed the project after facing stiff criticism from President Trump, who was pushing manufacturers to keep jobs in the U.S.

    Trump called the Mexico move an “absolute disgrace” and threatened to levy tariffs on Mexican-made Ford vehicles.

    On Tuesday, Ford announced it will shift its Michigan production of the Focus to China. According to Bloomberg, the automaker plans to then sell those made-in-China vehicles to the U.S. market. Once this transition is completed, the Focus will reportedly be the biggest automotive export ever from China to the U.S.

    Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s head of global operations, cited lower costs as the reason to outsource production to China. The company will save $1 billion by building the Focus in China instead of Mexico, he said.

    ″[We] have looked at how we can be more successful in the small car segment and deliver even more choices for customers in a way that makes business sense,” Hinrichs said in a statement.

    He said the savings would be so significant that even if Congress slapped tariffs on foreign-made imports, the change would still make financial sense.

    “We think the significant capital savings outweigh any of the risks associated with any adjustments to the border,” said Hinrichs.

    Ford stressed that no American jobs would be lost in the China move. Starting in late 2018, its Michigan plant will simply focus on making bigger, more profitable vehicles, including the Ranger midsize pickup truck. The automaker also announced on Tuesday that it will invest $900 million in a Kentucky factory to build big SUVs, like the Lincoln Navigator, which would secure 1,000 jobs at the plant.

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  2. The_Hypocrite

    The_Hypocrite Alfrescian (Inf)

    Jul 17, 2011
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    That is why trump is right...I hope the yanks implement a 100% tariff if the car gets exported to the USA...free trade is BS.
  3. JHolmesJr

    JHolmesJr Alfrescian Old Timer

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    is ford focus a model for american tastes? probably not.

    its probably more for the third world
  4. virus

    virus Alfrescian Old Timer

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    i recommend ford move to north korea

    i hv all this worked out

    new models of fords will be fitted with GT wings i mean giant turkey wings. they will look beautiful, so beautiful any ford car will be great again

    we will be offering concierge services to all ford drivers with our front desk served by beautiful virgins handpicked by fatty kim or moi.

    all car seats will be fitted with 100% lather. good thick lather made from best perfumed soap chanel 6.9

    just imagine, you driving and holding the steering and gearstick and our concerige will be holding your nightstick

    and add an extra $100,000 we will fitout your ford with a 200km hit distance KIM JUNG III CAM... car to air missile, guaranteed to shoot down any flying object including UFO.

    it will be a wonderful wonderful experience

    made in north korea, everything is truly mink
  5. tanwahtiu

    tanwahtiu Alfrescian Old Timer

    Dec 17, 2009
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    OBOR is what Ford is eyeing.

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