DETROIT — Ford Motor said Wednesday that it shifting all of its U.S. small car production to Mexico.
“Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small car production to Mexico and out of the United States,” CEO Mark Fields told a meeting in Dearborn, Michigan.
Ironically, on the same day as the announcement, Donald Trump was campaigning in the Michigan. Learning of the announcement, Trump said, “We shouldn’t allow it to happen. They’ll make their cars, they’ll employ thousands of people, not from this country and they’ll sell their car across the border.” Trump continued, “When we send our jobs out of Michigan, we’re also sending our tax base.”
In recent years, automakers that include General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen have all announced plans to either expand existing plants or build new ones in Mexico. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also has said it is considering an expansion of its production there.
According to USA TODAY, Mexico has seen a 40% increase in auto jobs since 2008 to 675,000 last year while the U.S. saw only a 15% increase in the same period to more than 900,000.
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