The investment that Ford is making in MI, adding 700 jobs here instead of 2,800 in Mexico, is certainly significant.
This will supposedly have a positive effect here in the U.S., though, as Ford says it will allow its Wayne, Michigan plant - which now produces the Focus - to manufacture "two new iconic products".
A Ford Fiesta is built at one of Ford's existing plants in Mexico.
At its core, the Trump-brokered-but-not-really deal for the Indianapolis-based company was nothing more than ceding tax breaks to a company running a profitable factory. "We believe that these tax and regulatory reforms are critically important to boost USA competitiveness and of course drive a resurgence in American manufacturing and high-tech innovation".
"All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the USA are built in GM's assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio", the company said.
At that time Ford officials pushed back, arguing it was too late to change their plans about the new factory in Mexico.
Michigan's national leadership in advanced manufacturing continued today with the announcement that Ford Motor Co. will create a Manufacturing Innovation Center at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
In 2020, an all-electric small SUV/crossover to be sold in North America, Europe, and Asia.
"This is really around making sure that as we make these decisions that it is first right for our business". About 4,500 of them were hatchbacks imported from Mexico (which also exports Chevy Cruze hatchbacks to other markets). That hasn't changed. It's just going to make the vehicle in an existing plant, alongside the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, rather than build a new plant for that objective.
'General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to US auto dealers-tax free across border.
The Flat Rock plant now builds the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental, but it will soon also operate as something of a hub for hybrid, electric, and autonomous cars.
Immediate speculation emerged that Ford had made a deal with Trump, but Fields denied that in an interview with CNN. The Mexican-built hatches are sold in a number of countries, including the U.S.
Ford does say they still have plans to produce some of their smaller cars in Mexico, which aren't as popular in the U.S. However, they will not need a new facility to roll these cars out.