Ford corrects Trump over US-made Focus Active claim

Mae Love
September 11, 2018

Given that Ford expects no more than 50,000 annual sales for the Focus Active, it wouldn't be profitable to build it in the United States, The Guardian reports.

Ford Motor Company announced more than a week ago that it is canceling plans to produce the auto in China and sell it in the US, citing the financial toll of the Trump administration's tariffs on vehicles imported from China.

President Trump has a solution for how Ford and Apple can avoid getting dinged by his administration's tariffs: shift their manufacturing to the U.S.

China's government says it will retaliate if Washington goes ahead with more tariff increases following President Donald Trump's comment that he was considering extending penalties to more Chinese imports.

The Chinese plant isn't the only location where Ford will build the fourth-generation Focus so the automaker has alternative options for sourcing the Focus Active variant for the US market, should the vehicle still be planned for our market.

With the cancelation of the Focus Active, a Ford spokesman confirms, the Mustang will eventually be the only Ford auto model sold in the U.S.

"It is hard to see how tariffs that hurt US companies and USA consumers will advance the Government's objectives with respect to China's technology policies", Apple said in the letter.

Intel Corp said proposed tariffs would negatively affect USA businesses and "stifle advancements" in telecom infrastructure, including next generation technologies like 5G.

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"This is just the beginning".

For now, that means Ford simply won't sell the vehicle in the United States.

The company said the administration should remove "critical components" such as parts of refrigerators and mixers from the proposed list and add finished products such as dishwashers to mitigate negative impact on US manufacturing.

The world's two biggest economies are clashing over United States allegations that China deploys predatory tactics - including outright cybertheft - to acquire technology from U.S. companies and challenge American technological dominance.

The tariffs changed everything.

The US is considering tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion, following the 25 percent duty on over 1,000 product categories already imposed to counter what the US sees as unfair business practices by China. Last month, it added tariffs to another $16bn in Chinese goods and is readying taxes on another $200bn.

China has threatened retaliation, which could include action against United States companies operating there.

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