According to three sources quoted by Reuters, Ford Motor Company has indicated to suppliers that it plans to transfer the production of Fusion (Medical Mondeo) and Mondeo (European Mondeo) midsize sedan out of Mexico and Spain by 2020 and transfer to China comes to production. At the same time, these cars will not be exported from China to the European and American markets.
Ford did not emphasize future plans for the plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, and Valencia, Spain. These plants currently produce midsize cars Fusion and Mondeo for the North American and European markets.
Last month, Ford said it would invest 750 million euros (about 887 million US dollars) in Valencia to produce a new generation of Kuga sports utility vehicles.
According to sources familiar with the plan, Ford documents recently shared with suppliers show that the company plans to transfer some Fusion and Mondeo production to China, and will no longer use Hermosillo and Valencia as production bases.
Ford said in a statement: "We have no plans to export the next generation of Fusion, Mondeo from China to North America and Europe. Fusion / Mondeo is an important part of the Ford series. We will have more information to announce their future."
Ford CEO Jim Hackett has taken a series of measures to cut production costs and shift the company's product lineup from cars to sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers, especially in North America. .
This year's Fusion model dropped 22% in the US market, while EU sales in Europe fell 21%.
In June, Ford has said that it will transfer some of the Fox produced in Mexico to China and import them into the United States.
Earlier this month, Ford launched its 2025 strategy in China, and plans to launch more than 50 new models in the Chinese market by the end of 2025, including eight new SUV models and at least 15 Ford and Lincoln brand electric models. At the same time, from 2019, Ford will transfer five models to China, including a luxury SUV under the Lincoln brand and Ford's first pure electric small SUV.
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