Ford’s small car production to shift to Mexico

Ford’s small car production to shift to Mexico

(WWBT) - Likely within the next two years, American automaker Ford will no longer build small cars in the United States, the company confirmed Wednesday.

According to a report from CNNMoney, production of the Ford Focus and C-Max, the only small cars Ford still assembles in the United States, will be moved to Mexico, according to a Ford spokeswoman. Ford has previously said it was opening a new plant in Mexico that would employ 2,800 workers there.

The Ford Fiesta subcompact is already being built in Mexico, while the high-performance Ford Focus RS is made in Germany.

CNNMoney reports after Focus production moves to Mexico, Ford will move the production of other vehicles into the Wayne. Mich. plant where the Focus is currently made, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.

The automaker has previously reported that the new Mexican plant will not result in American job losses.

According to CNNMoney, Ford is not the first of the "Big Three" American automakers to stop building their smaller cars here in America. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles currently sells only two small cars in the United States, the Dodge Dart and the Fiat 500. FCA plans to completely stop production of the Dart, which is built in Illinois, by the end of September. That will leave only the 500, which is already produced in Mexico.

In addition, General Motors manufactures both the Chevrolet Cruze compact and Sonic subcompact in the United States.

CNNMoney reports cars assembled in Mexico often use at least some parts produced in the United States, adding that margins on small cars are generally slimmer than those on larger cars or SUVs, so maintaining low labor costs can be more critical for these vehicles.

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