Jun 20, 2017

Ford moves Ford Focus production to China

US carmaker Ford, which abandoned a plan to produce the new make of Ford Focus cars at a new factory in Mexico under pressure from Donald Trump, will make them in China instead. The move will save Ford $500m-$1bn more than anticipated when it scrapped plans for the new Mexico plant. Ford said the move would not lead to job losses in the US. The Michigan plant currently producing Ford Focus cars will switch to making trucks in 2018, it said. Currently, Ford makes its smaller Focus cars in Michigan, Germany and in China. Production of new Ford Focus cars in China is expected to start in 2019 at one of the firm's existing factories, the company said on Tuesday. Demand for smaller cars, such as the Ford Focus, is stronger outside of the US. Joe Hinrichs, an executive vice president at Ford, said the savings from the move to China would allow the firm to invest in parts of the business that are growing, such as SUVs, electric cars and others.

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