Ford pushing ahead with Mexico move despite Trump threats 0

Despite the threat of substantial tariffs being imposed by President-elect Donald Trump, Ford is still planning to press on with its planned relocation of production to Mexico.

The company’s chief executive Mark Fields announced they were “going forward” with their plan to shift production of smaller cars from the current facility in Michigan.

Fields reiterated the promise that no jobs would be lost as a result of the move.

One of Trump’s election pledges was to impose stiff tariffs on vehicle imports from automakers such as Ford.

Companies that moved abroad would incur a “35% tax when they want to ship their products back to the United States”.

Other pledges made by the President-to-be included building a wall along the US/Mexico border and renegotiating the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

Mark Fields stated that an imposed tariff on car imports would damage the US economy.

“A tariff like that would be imposed on the entire auto sector that could have a major impact on the US economy,” Mr Fields said to journalists at the Los Angeles motor show.

“I continue to think that the right policies will prevail because we continue to share the same objective which is a healthy and vibrant US economy,” he said.

Ford had announced they were to relocate production of their US-produced Focus and C-Max models to a new factory in Mexico by 2018. Fields said that this move was necessary to make room for two new products in Michigan.

He also echoed the comments of BMW CEO, Harald Krueger, last week by expressing support for free trade deals, such as Nafta.

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