Ford to move production of Focus to China, export cars to US for 1st time

- Jun 23, 2017-

For the first time starting in 2019, Ford Motor Co. will export vehicles from China to the U.S.

The Dearborn, Michiga23TESLACHINA-master768.jpgn-based automaker said in a news release it will move the production of the Ford Focus from the U.S. to China in a move that will save the company $1 billion. These savings include the scrapping of the all-new facility of Mexico that was announced earlier in the year. 

Ford says no stateside hourly employees will lose their job, and that production of the Focus small car will continue at the Michigan Assembly Plant through mid-2018. Once Focus production moves overseas, the plant will be changed to ready itself for the Ranger pickup in late 2018, and Bronco SUV in 2020. 

"Finding a more cost-effective way to deliver the next Focus program in North America is a better plan, allowing us to redeploy the money we save into areas of growth for the company - especially sport utilities, commercial vehicles, performance vehicles as well as mobility, autonomous vehicles and electrified vehicles," Ford president of global operations Joe Hinrichs said in the release.