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Ford Denies Plan to Move Next-Gen Fusion to China

Wire report claims midsize model will follow Focus as Ford cuts costs.

by on Dec.14, 2017

The Fusion has lost momentum in a U.S. market increasingly focused on SUVs and CUVs.

Ford Motor Co. says it has no plan to consolidate production of its next-generation Fusion and Mondeo models in China for shipment to markets around the world, countering a report by Reuters.

On Wednesday, the news service referenced automotive suppliers and other sources to indicate the midsize sedans would move out of their current plants in Europe and Mexico with a facility in China taking over as Ford’s single production source. Ford earlier this year announced a similar strategy for the smaller Focus model.

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“We have no plans to export the next-generation Fusion/Mondeo from China to North America and Europe,” Ford said in a statement responding to the wire report. “Fusion/Mondeo are an important part of the Ford car lineup. We will have more information to share about the next Fusion/Mondeo at a later date.”


The Chinese Are Coming…In Fact, Some Already Are Here

And a lot more are coming, though some will be built in the U.S.

by on Oct.30, 2017

Volvo will soon add a stretched version of its XC90, the Chinese-made Inscription.

The Chinese are coming! The Chinese are coming! No, that’s not the call of a modern-day Paul Revere, but a warning we’ve been hearing around automotive circles for the better part of a decade.

A number of China’s domestic brands have shown off their wares at big auto events, including the Detroit and Los Angeles Auto Shows, but have yet to make the big leap across the Pacific and actually offer them for sale. That could happen in the very near future. We saw both Chery and Borgward reveal products earmarked for Europe at the Frankfurt Motor Show just two months ago and we’d not be surprised to see more Chinese products at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January.

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But for those who still wonder if and when the Chinese will get the quality, design, safety and content up to the demanding standards of the U.S. market, the answer is that they’re already there. And the big surprise is that at least three Chinese-made products are already on sale in the States, albeit wearing, Volvo, Buick and Cadillac badges – and with Ford soon to start bringing in a Chinese-made sedan.


Ford Moving Focus to China

Scrapping plans for Mexican production entirely saves another $500M.

by on Jun.20, 2017

Ford had planned to shift production of the Focus to Hermosillo, Mexico, but instead will produce it in China.

In a surprise move, Ford Motor Co. says it won’t move production of its Focus model to Mexico., but rather Ford plans to move it to China.

That would make the Ford Focus the first mainstream model to be imported from China, a move that could also raise the ire of President Donald Trump, who has been pressing the auto industry to bring more production – and jobs – back to the U.S.

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But with sales of the compact vehicle line sliding sharply, Joe Hinrichs, Ford President of Global Operations, said the move will save the carmaker about $500 million. Ford had already said it would save at least $500 million by scrubbing plans to build an entirely new Mexican plant for the Focus and other small car lines. (more…)

Ford Focus Gains Traction in China, But 191K Recalled Due Fire Risk

Cracked fuel lines lead to second action on vehicles.

by on Sep.05, 2014

Ford is recalling more than 191,000 Focuses in China due to a fuel line leak that could lead to a fire.

Despite being late to the sales party in China, Ford has been making up for lost time, especially this year as the company – led by the Focus – is expected to sell more than 1 million vehicles.

The automaker, which earlier this year claimed the Focus was the best-selling nameplate in the world, saw its August sales rise 9% with the Focus being the catalyst for that.

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However, the good times may have come to a screeching halt today – one day after it announced its strong sales last month – with the news it is recalling more than 190,000 Ford Focus sedans built from 2009 until now due to fuel leak problems. (more…)

Ford Charges Past Toyota in China Auto Sales

Japanese maker falls short of 1 million sales goal.

by on Jan.06, 2014

Ford's Chinese product line-up has grown rapidly helping the maker to a 49% sales increase in 2013.

Ford Motor Co. may have been a late entry to the Chinese automotive market, but it’s making up for lost time. The maker surpassed Toyota in overall sales in the critical Chinese market during 2013, according to new sale figures.

Ford’s sales surged 49% in 2013 as it moved into the fifth spot in Chinese sales, passing archrival Toyota. Ford delivered a record 935,813 units in the country last year, while Toyota’s sales gained 9.2% to 917,500 vehicles.

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“2013 has proved to be a milestone year for Ford’s accelerated growth in China as we delivered on our plan to bring to China seven of Ford’s next-generation global vehicles, including the Ford EcoSport, the Ford Kuga, the new Fiesta, and the all-new Mondeo,” said John Lawler, Ford Motor China chairman and chief executive officer. (more…)

Ford Finally Gaining Ground in China

But Japanese makers; GM also picking up momentum.

by on Feb.11, 2013

Ford CEO Alan Mulally sees China a key target for the maker which got off to a late start in the market.

A latecomer to the massive and growing Chinese automotive market, Ford China is reporting its best-ever January, selling more than double the number of passenger cars it did in January 2012.

In all Ford sold 44,439 passenger cars—including imported vehicles—last month, a 135% increase year-over-year, and achieved combined passenger car and commercial vehicle sales of 61,475 wholesale vehicles, a 98% increase from January 2012 that helped Ford pick up market share.

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“We’re ending the year of the dragon with pride in having served more customers in China than ever before,” said John Lawler, Chairman and CEO of Ford China. The annual Lunar New Year celebration is now underway across China.


China Critical to Ford’s Future

Maker struggling to catch up to key competitors, GM and VW.

by on Apr.18, 2011

Ford showed the Start Concept at Beijing, last year.

Chinese car buyers will get their first good look at the new Ford Focus, this week, at the biennial Shanghai Motor Show.  The compact model is a critical part of the maker’s global OneFord strategy – but could be even more crucial if Ford hopes to finally gain some traction in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive market.

The Detroit maker, which has been building momentum in the U.S., Europe and some of the other key emerging markets, continues to struggle in China, where its share lags not only market leaders like General Motors and Volkswagen, but even relative newcomers such as Hyundai.

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But with a planned marketing blitz that includes the Focus and a wide range of additional products, Ford executives insist they can make up for lost time.

“Together with our partners, we are leveraging the strength of the One Ford plan and our global platforms to bring 15 new vehicles to China by 2015, reinforcing our commitment to offer a full portfolio of vehicles for our Chinese customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa.