DETROIT — Learn between the traces of final week’s information in regards to the Ford Fusion, and it turns into robust to see a post-2020 future for the automobile within the U.S.
It will not be made in Mexico anymore, Ford has advised suppliers, in keeping with sources with information of the discussions. Sources say manufacturing of the Fusion’s European counterpart, the Mondeo, additionally will finish in Valencia, Spain.
And the automaker insisted, on the file, that it will not import the Fusion to the U.S. from China.
Assuming Ford is not mendacity to its suppliers or the media to keep away from a political backlash, meaning manufacturing of the North American Fusion must transfer to a special nation or finish.
Ford says it hasn’t made a closing determination, however CEO Jim Hackett final week gave the strongest trace but that the Fusion will go the best way of the Freestyle and Fairmont.
How do I do know? He actually mentioned, “I am providing you with a touch,” when requested whether or not or not there’s want for the Fusion in Ford’s future.
Automakers have historically constructed sedans such because the Fusion, Hackett mentioned, to supply a extra budget-friendly choice to gas-guzzling vans and utilities. However because of EcoBoost engines, 10-speed transmissions and different applied sciences, Ford and others are “beginning to crack that code” and shut the fuel-economy hole between automobiles and lightweight vans.
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