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Ford moving work from Mexico, India in '16 to free up N. American production capacity
Karl Henkel The Detroit News
Ford Motor Co. plans to free up much-needed production capacity in North America by shifting manufacturing of its Fiesta subcompact car to Thailand in 2016, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
The automaker plans to move Fiesta manufacturing from its Cuautitlán Assembly Plant in Mexico — as well as its Chennai Assembly Plant in India — to a centralized facility in Thailand, according to the sources. A Ford plant in Rayong, Thailand, is currently a manufacturing site for the Fiesta. The Fiesta also is made at seven other plants across the globe.
"We can't divulge our future product plans, but we're always looking for ways to optimize our global manufacturing capability," Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski said in an email.
A move to consolidate production makes sense, especially since the "critical mass" of current and future Fiesta sales is concentrated in Asia and nearby Europe, said Jim Hall, analyst at 2953 Analytics LLP.