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Ford Invests $1.3 Billion (USD) in Producing Fuel-Efficient, High-Quality Fusion and Lincoln MKZ Midsize
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  • Ford investing $1.3 billion (USD) in the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant, home of the all-new Fusion and Lincoln MKZ for North American customers, helping answer growing demand for midsize sedans
  • New investment to create 1,000 new direct jobs in the state of Sonora

New Fusion, which starts appearing in Ford showrooms across North America this fall, is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy across customers’ choice of gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles; new Lincoln MKZ marks key milestone in Lincoln’s reinvention
MEXICO CITY, March 30, 2012 – Ford today announced a $1.3 billion (USD) investment in its Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant, creating 1,000 jobs locally and all-new Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ lineups for a growing number of North American customers buying midsize sedans.

“Ford is making a significant investment in this facility and a significant commitment to the employees here while also transforming our vehicle lineup for customers throughout North America,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas at an announcement today with key government officials including President of Mexico Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. “The midsize sedan market is significant, growing and one of the most competitive in the industry. With our all-new Fusion and Lincoln MKZ lineups, we have the fuel economy, quality, technology and vehicle choices to win customers like never before.”

Ford’s investment is helping transform the stamping and assembly plant, known for its high-quality production, bringing 1,000 new direct jobs in the state of Sonora.

“Working together with national and state government officials, Ford has been able to make our vision a reality, helping deliver new jobs and even greater levels of competitiveness for the company,” said Gabriel López, chief executive officer and general director Ford of Mexico.

Ford’s latest investment caps 87years of manufacturing in Mexico and is in addition to $3 billion invested in Mexico during the past decade. In addition to Fusion, which has been built in Hermosillo since 2005 and sold more than 1.1 million models, Ford started building Fiestas at its Cuautitlán plant in 2008. The company also builds diesel engines for small and medium trucks in Chihuahua as well as transmissions through a joint venture with Getrag (GTF).

New Fusion lineup
Fusion also offers an unprecedented portfolio of driver assistance and convenience technologies to help drivers maintain proper lane position, adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions, identify suitable parking spaces and help park, even aiding drivers backing out of parking space where visibility is obstructed.

All-new Lincoln MKZ
The all-new Lincoln MKZ marks an important milestone in Lincoln’s reinvention and is one of seven new or significantly upgraded products by 2015.
 

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Didn't Ford say even at full capacity that Flat Rock could not build enough to knock Camry off its pedestal? Maybe they are planning ahead!
 

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The Fusion is the only midsized sedan built outside of the US. They have reversed the earlier announcement that it would move to the US. I really thought the 2013 Fusion is a beautiful car but this decision has taken it off my shopping list. It's sad when every major competitor can build thier midsizers here but Ford not only goes back on thier word but chooses to keep production in Mexico!
 

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They have reversed the earlier announcement that it would move to the US.
Ford never said Fusion production was leaving Mexico. AAI was always additional production - it could not be ready in time to build the new Fusion solo.



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^ afaik the CD4 Fusion & MKZ are still adding production in Michigan at FlatRock - starting the end of 2012 iirc.
Fomoco never intended to abandon the Hermosillo plant (at this time)
tho this investment might have something to do future changes as well

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welcome to the forum, 65Stang!
Thanks for the welcome. Im a long time reader but finally decided to jump in with my 2cents. I read the Leftlanenews article that stated that production of the Fusion would stay in Mexico. I never expected that all Fusions would be built here but I did understand that most US sold Fusions would be built here. Maybe I'm wrong but this announcement does seem to indicate that all production will stay in Mexico
 

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Thanks for the welcome. Im a long time reader but finally decided to jump in with my 2cents. I read the Leftlanenews article that stated that production of the Fusion would stay in Mexico. I never expected that all Fusions would be built here but I did understand that most US sold Fusions would be built here. Maybe I'm wrong but this announcement does seem to indicate that all production will stay in Mexico
The UAW contract should hold Ford to keep the Fusion in Flatrock, so as of now, all we know is that there will be increased production at both plants.
 

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The extra capacity at both plants is needed to help with sales growth. It just shows Ford sees the fusion as a strong sales leader. The fusions coming out of mexico are good vehicles, all that's needed to be seen is how the public perceives ford, and by that i mean are they going to be buying this over a Toyota camry.
 

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The UAW has benefited enough from the Government Bailout scheme. They've lost any empathy when any automaker chooses to build their product outside of the United States. Oh cry me a friggin river - the UAW is a greedy bunch and funds paid for union dues goes to prop up the most corrupt political party in history.
 

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been thinking about this today...

...I never expected that all Fusions would be built here but I did understand that most US sold Fusions would be built here...
You may be right, 65Stang (minus the electroficated ones)
I've definitely seen enough posters wanting/waiting for US-built Fusions.
& (edit: ^crossreference^ ...and) since the Fusion and Mondeo are now the same car, Hermosillo might start supplying (more) Mondeo-markets


...all we know is that there will be increased production at both plants.
this is what kinda hit me today
& saw some speculation on more Fusion bodystyles (again)
but
now, I'm wondering about the "CD4+3" (wide) variant for a new Taurus (& possibly an MKS)
and maybe even an S-Max...
...doubt it's possible to add RotW-Ranger production to Hermosillo? BUT what about a RotW-CUV? kinda like a plus-sized EcoSport???


Isn't Mz6 production in the way of Fusion for some time anyway?
think I forgot to post it here but
found some employee-posts saying the Mazda6 is gone as of this August
with Fusion production starting/ramping up early in 2013
 

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Fusion is the only midsize without US built units on the market. This will change by August 2013 then Flat Rock will begin producing Fusions. That said, the second largest market for the Fusion is Brazil. Brazil will add about $3000 in import tariffs to US built Fusions over a Mexico-ones (Thanks the hacks in Congress for that). Thanks to that - Fusion will never leave Mexico.
 
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