08 Diciembre, 2017
Now Ford has announced that production of the new electric SUV is shifting from its plant in Flat Rock, Michigan to Mexico so that it can produce an autonomous vehicle in Michigan. It remains to be seen how President Trump will react to the news this time around. That plan, which Ford said would create 700 jobs, was formulated after President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement and ridiculed automakers for making any vehicles in Mexico. Information on the vehicle itself is still sparse, but it's said to be a hybrid and built on an entirely new platform.
"We have excess capacity at that plant", said Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker. "I can't wait to share more with you about our plans and promise to do so throughout this journey we're on to create the future".
The report also states that part of the reason for Ford's decision is that electric vehicles currently have a comparatively low profit margin.
The automaker said on Thursday that it would test self-driving prototypes in various pilot programs with partners such as Lyft, the ride services company in which rival General Motors owns a minority stake, and Domino's Pizza.
Ford is also moving ahead with plans to build all of its small cars for the U.S market at existing facilities in either Mexico or China, and to keep its U.S. plants building larger, more profitable vehicles.
Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant, in Michigan, builds the Mustang and the Lincoln Continental.