Ford shifting small car production to Mexico

From Greg Gardner and Brent Snavely at Detroit Free Prss

“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,” Fields said at a daylong investor conference in Dearborn.

The news sparked a fresh round of criticism of Ford from Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was campaigning in Flint on Wednesday.

Related: Trump takes credit for the timing of Ford’s Mexico announcement

“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 said during his visit. “When we send our jobs out of Michigan, we’re also sending our tax base.” More.

Reality check: So long, and thanks for all the fish. CEO Fields claims, in response to Trump, that Ford is replacing small cars with two “exciting new products” but “However, Fields stopped short of saying what those vehicles will be.” Believe it if you want (to be on welfare).

All the Americans will end up with, apart from welfare, is their Vote (along with assorted other types of citizen, living and dead.) All systems have weaknesses that eventually kill them, and the one adult, one vote system in the United States is now exposing its deadly flaw.

After a certain tipping point of dependence on government, value systems change. Grievance replaces pride. Entitlement replaces industry. Shakedown replaces initiative. But just give out free pot and oxycontin and let people buy lottery tickets with their EBT cards and – within a gen or two – no one will know any different. Maybe it had to go this way.

See also: JK Rowlings attacked for not making Sirius Black gay Among people with nothing to do all day and all day to do it in, this type of thing will  increasingly be the big news.

  • Two exciting new products?

    Self driving cars and trucks made by robots that will result in many more job losses is my guess.

    • Clausewitz

      Also this is what happens when the work force price themselves out of the competition on the world market.

  • canminuteman

    Every new car I have ever bought in my life has been North American, except the last. The last car I bought was a Mazda. If they are not going to build their cars here I have no reason to be loyal to their brands.

  • Shebel

    I don’t suppose all these demands by Muslims had anything to with it.
    What ever happened to — “This is the uniform you wear.
    These are the hours you work”
    If you don’t like it—WE will fuck off.

  • DMB

    Of all the major automotive plants in Ontario the Ford plant in Oakville is the safest and least likely one to close and relocate outside of Ontario. In fact the Ford Escape manufactured partly in Chicago will shift some of its production to Oakville due to the fact that Chicago can’t keep up with demand. The Oakville Ford plant is still very profitable even with high labour, electricity cost due one important factor. It is one of the very few plants to export its product to Europe & other parts of the world. That and the manufacturing of high end models i.e. the Lincoln MLX is what keeps that plant in business. Now Chrysler in Brampton is another story since Unifor is set to negotiate a new labour agreement with them due to the old one nearly expiring and rumors have it they may go on strike. GM in Oshawa still doesn’t have a new product line to replace its current one after 2019 and that doesn’t bold well for them.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Ford promises to keep electric car production in the US because they get a lot of Federal money for that. As it is, it’s only to amount to 3,800 jobs. Using the multiplier for upline feeder jobs that supply the car companies, on average of 7:1 that’s a total of 26,600 jobs.

  • simus1

    Pure theatre.
    Assembly plants do a lot of tin bending, painting, and sticking stuff on stuff, but the high priced talent that makes things happen years down the road is usually found elsewhere.

  • Dave

    I as so done with ford. Mofo’s won’t give me a standard transmission in a new truck and now this. F/U ford (And I’ve driven mostly ford all my driving life.)