A next-gen Ford Focus is expected to be sourced primarily out of China in the second half of 2019 to help the automaker save costs and improve its manufacturing scale in China.
No US hourly employees will be out of a job tied to the new manufacturing plan for Focus.
Ford Motor Company has announced plans to invest $900 million in the Kentucky Truck Plant, upgrading it to prepare it to manufacture the new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Production of the current North American Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant continues through mid-2018.
The Dearborn, Michigan-based vehicle and truck manufacturer said its latest manufacturing plan will save the company $1 billion in investment costs versus its original "Focus" production plan, which was anticipated to make $500 million in savings. "So this announcement from Ford today, with another $900 million of investment, really cements their position here in Louisville". The company plans to hire 1,000 more hourly workers at the plant.
"At the same time, we also have looked at how we can be more successful in the small vehicle segment and deliver even more choices for customers in a way that makes business sense".
The Kentucky plant is where Ford will be building the next generation Expedition, including the newly reborn FX4 package, as well as the Lincoln Navigator.
You had us at "performance vehicles", Mr. Hinrichs. The Michigan facility will retool for the return of the Ranger in 2018, followed by the Bronco in 2020.
The company notes that it exports the two truck lines to over 55 global markets.