Ford will shift production of the Focus compact car from the United States to China. And in a first for the automaker, it will ship many of these cars back to the U.S. to sell.
But the move is more bad news for Mexico than it is for the United States. While the Focus has been built at the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan for years, Ford (F) had previously announced plans to shift its production to Mexico. Ford (F) wants to make room for larger, more profitable vehicles at the Michigan plant, which employs 3,600. The factory won’t lose any jobs as a result of the move.
Ford will start building its new small pickup, the Ranger, in 2018, after the Focus moves to China. In 2020, it will build the new Bronco, the SUV model it is bringing back, at the Michigan plant.
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