FLAT ROCK, Mich./WASHINGTON - Ford engine Co. Stated Tuesday it will certainly cancel a to plan $1.6 billion manufacturing facility in Mexico and also will invest $700 million in ~ a Michigan factory, after it had actually come under harsh criticism native President-elect Donald Trump for it...

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Ford Chief executive Mark fields said the decision come cancel the brand-new plant in Mexico was in component related to the need to "fully use capacity in ~ existing facilities" amid declining sales of little and tool sized cars such as the Focus and Fusion.

Fields likewise endorsed "pro growth" tax and also regulatory policies promoted by Trump and also the Republican led Congress.

Trump consistently said throughout the election campaign that if elected he would certainly not allow Ford to open the brand-new plant in Mexico, i beg your pardon he called an "absolute disgrace" and also would slap hefty tariffs count on imported Ford vehicles.

Ford executive, management chairman bill Ford Jr. Said reporters the he spoke through Trump to notify him that the decision. A Ford source said the decision was affected by Trump's policy goals such together lowering taxes and also regulations yet there were no negotiations between Ford and the Republican end the decision come cancel the Mexico tree or invest in Michigan.

Also ~ above Tuesday, Trump threatened to impose a "big border tax" on general Motors Co. Because that making few of its Chevrolet Cruze cars in Mexico. The brand-new York businessman takes office top top Jan. 20.

Fields said Ford will build a battery electrical SUV through a 300-mile driving selection at the Michigan plant by 2020, and also will launch manufacturing there through 2021 that a totally autonomous car without a steering wheel or a brake pedal for use in ride solutions fleets. Ford likewise plans brand-new hybrid version of that F-150 pickup truck, Mustang and police vehicles by 2020.

Ford will add 700 jobs at the level Rock plant, fields said, come cheers indigenous union employees gathered in ~ the factory for the announcement.

Ford in April announced it would certainly invest $1.6 exchange rate in the new plant in mountain Luis Potosi, Mexico to build tiny cars. The agency said it will change production indigenous Michigan that its focus to one existing tree in Hermosillo, Mexico. Trump had actually urged Ford come cancel the planned mexico plant.

When trumped announced his campaign in June, 2015, he said Ford would cancel its planned Mexico investments. "They’ll say,‘Mr. Chairman we’ve chose to move the plant earlier to the United claims - we’re not going to build it in Mexico.’ that’s it. They have no choice," trump said.

Trump tweeted a connect on Tuesday come a story around the decision.

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Ford stated it will include two new unnamed commodities at that Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, wherein the emphasis is manufactured today.