For bets on China, not Mexico — Business Watch

Lynne Hanson
June 21, 2017

Ford's latest decision appears to fly in the face of Trump's earlier comments: "Ford and others are building new plants and expanding old plants, and they're no longer talking about running away from our country, they're talking about building their cars and other products by other companies right here in the United States of America", he said.

The investment, Ford said, will secure the jobs of 1,000 hourly workers at the plant. The plant in MI will build new Ranger compact trucks instead. That, in turn, translates to the 2020 model year.

In a move going against President Trump's wishes, Ford Motor company will export vehicles from China to the USA for the first time ever. It said that investment would protect 1,000 jobs at that plant.

Ford Motor Co will export the next-generation Focus compact vehicle from China to North America in 2019, rather than from Mexico as earlier planned, the company said on Tuesday.

The current, third-generation Ford Focus compact vehicle is set to end production next year, and be replaced by an all-new model that's expected to be longer, wider, and a bit more upscale.

"Large SUVs are attracting a new generation around the world-and we're finding new ways to deliver the capability, versatility, and technology that customers around the world really want with our all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator", said Hinrichs.

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He said Ford planned to inform the White House this morning.

US index provider MSCI said it will add mainland Chinese stocks to one of its key benchmarks - a landmark decision for the global investment landscape and the Chinese government. "I believe that as President Trump's policies and reforms take hold, more companies will begin to locate their facilities in the U.S". US sales of the Focus are down 20% so far this year. "Trump suggested he might impose tariffs on Ford cars assembled in Mexico". Ford also said some future variants of the new Focus will be shipped later from Europe. "The small auto market has fallen far more than any one anticipated".

The UAW working with Ford made it happen, but they can't work alone.

Ford is under great pressure to cut costs to shore up the billions of dollars it needs to invest in electric cars and self-driving vehicles.

Focus's production has been shifted from place to place in the past few months as Ford tries to make profit from the shrinking segment of compact cars. "It's just a wonderful statement about the UAW, the Ford Motor Company and the teamwork they have and the teamwork we have in the city". General Motors Co. started importing the low-volume Buick Envision midsize SUV from China in 2016. And Volvo does not have a USA plant yet.

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