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    Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

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    •Ford is investing $900 million in Kentucky Truck Plant, securing 1,000 U.S. hourly jobs to build all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator
    •All-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator to be exported to more than 55 markets globally – including Navigator to China; the company is a top auto exporter in the U.S.

    •Exciting new Ford Focus on the way for North American customers beginning in 2019 with more technology, more space and a number of new Focus models. Next-generation Focus for North America will be globally sourced primarily from China – rather than Hermosillo, Mexico – with production starting in the second half of 2019. Current model production ends in mid-2018

    •This manufacturing plan allows the company to further grow its leadership as an exporter and deliver world-class Focus to North American customers in a way that makes business sense – with no U.S. employees out of a job

    •Ford is saving $1 billion in investment costs versus its original Focus production plan, improving the financial health of its Focus business and further improving manufacturing scale in China – all helping create a more operationally fit company

    DEARBORN, Mich., June 20, 2017 – Ford today announced manufacturing actions centered on improving the company’s operational fitness and building vehicles that excite customers around the world.

    Ford is investing $900 million in Kentucky Truck Plant for plant upgrades to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which begin arriving in dealerships this fall. Both full-size SUVs will be exported to more than 55 markets globally – including Navigator to China. Ford is a top auto exporter in the U.S.

    The $900 million investment secures 1,000 jobs for hourly workers at the Louisville plant. This is in addition to the $1.3 billion investment and 2,000 jobs created at that plant in late 2015 to build the all-new Ford Super Duty. Kentucky Truck employs nearly 7,600 full-time hourly workers – and Ford has more U.S. hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker.

    “Large SUVs are attracting a new generation around the world – and we’re finding new ways to deliver the capability, versatility and technology that customers around the world really want with our all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president, Global Operations. “At the same time, we also have looked at how we can be more successful in the small car segment and deliver even more choices for customers in a way that makes business sense.”

    Ford’s next-generation Ford Focus will be more spacious and packed with technology that customers want.

    Production begins in the second half of 2019, with models coming from the company’s existing Focus plants globally. Most new North American Focus models initially will come from China, with additional variants coming from Europe later.

    No U.S. hourly employees will be out of a job tied to the new manufacturing plan for Focus. Production of the current North American Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant continues through mid-2018. Following that, the plant will be converted to produce the Ranger midsize pickup truck in late 2018 and the Bronco midsize SUV in 2020.

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    Re: Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

    Interesting how Ford hides the fact they are moving Focus production to China in a media release about the Kentucky Truck Plant and the new Expedidton and Navigator.

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    Re: Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

    Buy a Chinese Focus, want to buy another one an hour later?

    Seriously, not impressed to see mainstream Big 3 sourced from a country trying to take over the world without firing a shot.

    Wouldn't Africa be even cheaper labor? How long before Africa, or Borneo, builds cars?

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    Re: Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

    Quote Originally Posted by 1999 White C5 Coupe View Post
    Interesting how Ford hides the fact they are moving Focus production to China in a media release about the Kentucky Truck Plant and the new Expedidton and Navigator.
    This is one of those; "Do you want the good news or bad news first?"
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    Re: Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

    Get back in the car, Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbide View Post
    Wouldn't Africa be even cheaper labor? How long before Africa, or Borneo, builds cars?
    No. Other than South Africa, Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt, no African country possesses the technical and organizational skills among its labor force to sustain a globally competitive automotive sector. The few historical automobile assembly plants that existed in places like Kenya and Nigeria were all primitive CKD operations.

    As for Borneo, I'm not aware of any automotive assembly facilities currently in operation on the island, though there may have been CKD operations there in the past. However, two of the three countries that comprise Borneo (Indonesia and Malaysia), have relatively well developed automotive industries with facilities located on their other islands.
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    "Ford has more U.S. hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker."

    This was a surprise to me.

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    Re: Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

    Africa's infrastructure is inadequate. China has a combination of infrastructure and cheap labor.
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    Re: Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

    Quote Originally Posted by 1999 White C5 Coupe View Post
    Interesting how Ford hides the fact they are moving Focus production to China in a media release about the Kentucky Truck Plant and the new Expedidton and Navigator.
    By sending Focus production to China, Ford is able to SAVE a billion dollard that it can spend
    elsewhere on building more US trucks and SUVs. While it's regretable that any vehicle be sourced
    from China, it's preferable to keeping Focus and not getting the benefit of that $1 Billion.

    I would have been happy with the previous plan of diverting production to Hermosllo and keeping
    the product North American, that still wouldgien Ford $500 Million to play with.(good balance).

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    curous to see what the $300 mil buys, the new body shop is already producing Super Dutys
    so i assume the money is for stamps, dies and upgrades to increase production volume,
    dare we hope for a dedicated second line after the marriage point?

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    Re: Ford Invests in Ky. Plant to Build New Expedition, Navigator;

    Quote Originally Posted by 1999 White C5 Coupe View Post
    Interesting how Ford hides the fact they are moving Focus production to China in a media release about the Kentucky Truck Plant and the new Expedidton and Navigator.
    So a press release about trucks should have information about cars or they're being deceptive? Personally I think they should be deceptive about moving the Focus to China as knowing would preclude my purchasing one if I were in the market. That however doesn't mean it must be made known in a PR about trucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpd80 View Post
    While it's regretable that any vehicle be sourced from China
    Why is it regrettable?
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