Ford To Build Next Focus In China Instead Of Mexico

Ford To Build Next Focus In China Instead Of Mexico

The next Ford Focus will be built in China and not Mexico as previously planned, the American automaker revealed this week. 

Last year Ford announced Focus production would move from its Michigan Assembly Plant to a new, $1.8 billion plant in San Luis Potosi. It then cancelled those plans after President Donald Trump criticized it for continuing to invest in Mexico and announced production would move to an exiting plant in Hermosillo. Now Ford’s changed its tune once again, revealing the next Focus will instead be built at its existing plant in Chongqing, China.

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The newly revised plan could save Ford up to $500 million in production costs. Instead of having to retool two plants for North America, Ford will now only have to overhaul its Chongqing plant. Ford’s president of global operations, Joe Hinrichs, said this plan helps to free up capital and despite the added costs of shipping vehicles from North America to China, offers “the best balance of that cost/capital tradeoff.” The automaker also said “the capital saving outweighs the risk,” of Trump putting a 20 percent tariff on goods imported into the U.S.

Hinrichs said Focus production at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant will halt in mid-2018, at which point it will be shut down and retooled to produce the new Ranger pickup. Production of the next-generation Focus, which will be handled by Ford’s Chinese partner Changan Automobile, will begin in mid-2019 following a debut in late 2018 or early 2019.

[Source: Automotive News]

  • RacerX

    Great, they can build them next door to Trump’s clothing factor.

  • roundthings

    Ford is dead to me.
    Dumbest PR move in history.
    Subaru moves production here, Ford moves production to China.

  • pbug56

    Ford can join Ivanka and Apple in having slave labor factories. Bad enough we have to get our phones from the Peoples Republic Of China; now our cars too? Not for me! Good thing I like Subaru and so many of its cars are now made in the US in factories that recycle nearly all their waste!

  • Reckoning Day

    Forddddddd, making China great again.

  • kaffekup

    Not that I would ever buy a Focus, but no Fords at all for me now. It’s bad enough I have to buy crap from China, but cars is going too far. Besides quality issues, there are human rights and economic reasons.

  • Reckoning Day

    I concur.

  • Mike Lynch

    Same for me NO FORDS, in my yard !!!

  • clifff

    Im done with Ford
    My Nissan was built in Tennessee,But if you look at the stickers they are built all over the world .Maybe import tax could fund health care

  • C.M. Dawson

    I hope they fix the GD joke of a DCT in that car. No more Fords for me. After 4 buys in 7 years, problems with all. Goodbye, Ford. Hello Mass Action.