Ford to move production, possibly to Mexico, as UAW talks commence -- K Trade Fair

Ford to move production, possibly to Mexico, as UAW talks commence

24.07.2015

As the United Auto Workers commence talks with Ford Motor Co. (Dearborn, MI) this week, Ford one-upped the union by announcing that it plans to shift some work abroad. Ford announced last Friday that the company will end U.S. production of the Ford Focus and C-Max vehicles in 2018, possibly near-shoring that work to Mexico where the company has numerous plants already.

Both vehicles have lower profit margins than Ford's top-selling vehicles, such as the F-150 pick-up trucks and the Mustang, both of which were top sellers as reported by the company in its June sales report. "Strong retail momentum continues building for our newest vehicles—including F-150, Mustang, Edge and now Explorer," said Mark LaNeve, Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "The Ford brand's average transaction prices have increased $2,700 versus a year ago—more than triple the industry average—while our incentives are down, showing how much customers value our investment in new vehicles with the latest technologies."


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