In a primary, Ford to import Focus small automotive from China | Editor’s Choose
In a primary, Ford to import Focus small automotive from China
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 22:53
The redesigned Focus for North America will probably be constructed at a joint-venture plant in Chongqing, China. (Photograph offered to China Each day)
DETROIT – Ford Motor Co will export the next-generation Focus compact automotive from China to North America in 2019, fairly than from Mexico as earlier deliberate, the corporate stated on Tuesday.
The present Focus will probably be phased out of manufacturing in Wayne, Michigan in mid-2018, in line with Joe Hinrichs, president of world operations. The Wayne plant will start constructing a brand new Ranger compact truck in late 2018.
No US jobs will probably be affected, Ford stated, including that it employs extra US hourly employees and builds extra autos in the US than some other automaker.
The redesigned Focus for North America will probably be constructed at a joint-venture plant in Chongqing, China, Hinrichs stated. Earlier this yr, Ford canceled plans for a brand new $1.8-billion small-car plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and stated it could construct the brand new Focus as a substitute at an current plant in Hermosillo.
The choice to shift from Hermosillo to Chongqing, the place Ford has an current Focus plant, was made “over the past couple months,” in line with Hinrichs, and can save the automaker $500 million in tooling prices.
Ford additionally stated some future variants of the brand new Focus will probably be shipped later from Europe.
US President Donald Trump had criticized Ford for shifting small-car manufacturing from the US to Mexico. Hinrichs stated Ford deliberate to tell the White Home this morning.
Hinrichs stated Ford stays a significant exporter to China, transport about 80,000 autos a yr from North America.
Normal Motors Co has been exporting Buick and Cadillac automobiles from China to the US, as has Volvo Automobiles, a unit of Chinese language automaker Geely.