Ford To Expand Chinese Factories Again

By: AP
By: AP

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford says it will spend $600 million to expand its factory capacity in China as it tries to play catch-up with competitors.

The company says it will add to its factories in Chongqing to handle growing demand. The additions will give Ford the ability to make 350,000 more vehicles per year by 2014. That will increase its total to 950,000.

Ford Motor Co. says it plans to triple the cars in its Chinese lineup to 15 over the next three years. It also will add 20 new engines and transmissions.

The company will build a new assembly line, body shop and paint shop at the Chongqing site in southwestern China. The investment will be made with the company's joint-venture partner, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Limited.

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  • by lolFord on Apr 6, 2012 at 06:22 AM
    And you tell me the US is safe? Wonder how many of those F-150s seats are proudly made in China?
  • by Burbank on Apr 5, 2012 at 01:51 PM
    Ford did not ask for nor receive any funds or loan guarantees from the federal government. This is a business decision meant to continue Ford's existence in a competetive global market with a growing consumer base in another country. Ford, like GM, already builds vehicles in Australia and Europe for those countries. The way most car companies get a foothold in a country is to start with CKD (built here, assembled there) cars and trucks. Buick is the most popular brand of new car in China now and many are already being built there. And GM was a recipient of federal assistance. If one wishes to blindly and blithely bash conservatives over union (UAW) pandering, one might check in ANY media source which political party is the most likely recipient of union support. It won't shock you, nor change your mind which has already been closed by partisan fealty.
  • by Paul Location: Fayetteville, NC on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    Ford never received any tax payer money. They choose not to and revamped their company to produce a profit. The plant in china builds cars for China.
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      by Well.... on Apr 6, 2012 at 08:31 AM in reply to Paul
      at least someone besides me understands.
  • by bron on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM
    Ford is ramping up production in China to sell to the Chinese? Who cares?
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    Ford was building plants and moving some production to Mexico a few years ago and they have been making replacement parts there for decades. I wonder how long it will be before we see (unsafe) Chinese made cars in America.
  • by Lorelei on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    What percentage of these 600 mil comes from my tax money bail-out?That amount of cash would be more than welcome in the Detroit crumbling neighborhoods to put the poor folks there to work....Should we start a petition of I think so.
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      by hmm on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:39 AM in reply to Lorelei
      Ford did not bleed the taxpayers as GM and Chrysler did so that argument is mute. As well Detroit is what it is do to decades of being controlled by corrupt democrats. Ford is doing the right thing by not building more in Detroit, there is no longer any reason to invest in that city, outside of gas to burn Detroit to the ground, finish the jobs the democrats started.
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        by Disagree on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM in reply to hmm
        @ hmm. You're way off base. First of all jobs are needed everywhere in the UNITED STATES. If Ford wants to produce more vehicles; they should invest their money in helping the U. S. get back on it's feet. If your attitude and opinion is like how all Republicans feel; I for one will not support that kind of thinking when it comes to my vote in the Presidential elections. Over zealous labor unions caused some of Detroits demise; but not everything. The United States needs jobs here. I won't by a Ford and I won't support the rhetoric of what you support as a Republican. Your should be more concerned about jobs here instead of supporting jobs abroad. The next person to lose their job... could be YOU!!
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          by hmm on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM in reply to Disagree
          KKTV ignored Gm story when they decided to take stimulus money and start building in China as well as Mexico. Chrysler did the same with a transmission plant in Mexico with stimulus dollars. Ford the one major American auto company decides to do a little building in China and everyone throws a fit. As of this month we have the worlds highest corporate tax rate, more jobs will be leaving by the end of the year a majority will be in manufacturing. The US has become volatile to do business in now days and companies need to make the right choices to keep profits up, if this administration keeps pushing more taxes on businesses to pay for entitlements, these moves and high unemployment will be the success of the punish the rich businessman mentality. As far as jobs here Detroit deserves nothing, not worth investing in that community, unions and democrats have made Detroit what it is they own Detroits problems.
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        by Lorelei on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM in reply to hmm
        Thanks for the update on the bail-out money.That doesn't change the fact that Ford should invest here, and not in China.I used Detroit as a legitimate example because I just watched a sad report on the BBC about that city.But, hey, it could be LA, NY or any big city HERE in the US.
  • by Hanna Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    Ford should build more factories here in the U.S. We need the work. People here can build them just like China can.
  • by anon Location: cs on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:23 AM
    Why aren't those jobs here in the US where they are truly needed?? Outsourcing these jobs is getting ridiculous!
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      by Thanks to you know who on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM in reply to anon
      You are so right...and thanks to you know who..the Bush Administrations; outsourcing was incouraged and even promoted and we now know that United States working class people are suffering for it. No jobs, no hope of jobs coming into the U.S. Maybe it is time to move to Australia; where people actually live a descent life.
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        by bron on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM in reply to Thanks to you know who
        I don't think this story has anything to do with "outsourcing" or Bush. Ford has been building autos overseas to sell overseas for a long, long time.
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        by C'mon on Apr 5, 2012 at 01:31 PM in reply to Thanks to you know who
        How incredibly stupid you are, Ford is ramping up production in China to sell their cars to the Chinese. It has nothing to do with them importing vehicles over here. Read the article then decide if you want to spit out such verbal sewage. By the way, if you think Australia is so great, feel free to move there.
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        by LOL... on Apr 6, 2012 at 08:33 AM in reply to Thanks to you know who
        Have you looked at the Australian economy lately? Obviously not...the whole country is being bought by CHINA!
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