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It’s also important to note that the new electrified cars will lead to the creation of 700 jobs in North America alone. Most of these will be at the Flat Rock plant which will be transformed into a hub for Ford’s electric car and self-driving developments, at a cost of $700 million. The plant is currently home to Mustang and Lincoln Continental production.
At the same time, Ford is canceling plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The plant was announced in early 2016 and was meant to produce the next-generation Focus. Instead, Ford will build the next Focus at an existing plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.
The current Focus for sale in North America is built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. While this plant will lose Focus production when the next-generation model is introduced, the plant will pick up production of two “iconic” vehicles, safeguarding 3,500 jobs at the site. The two vehicles are thought to be a next-generation Ranger mid-size pickup truck and an SUV derivative reviving the Bronco nameplate.
The issue of Mexican production has been a prickly one for Ford ever since President-elect Donald Trump brought it up during his election campaign. In a statement, Ford said the decision not to build the new plant in Mexico was taken to improve company profitability.