Production of the Ford Focus compact and the Ford C-Max Hybrid will move from its current location at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) in Wayne, Michigan in 2018. The company has not yet announced a new location for the next-generation Focus and C-Max models, but reports say that Focus production is likely to move outside of the U.S.
The Ford Focus has been manufactured at MAP since the third-generation model went into production in 2010. Previously the Michigan Assembly Plant produced models including the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Ford is currently exploring possibilities for a new vehicle to replace the Focus and C-Max at MAP when those models transition away from the plant in 2018, and says it will “discuss this issue” with UAW leadership going forward.
When the next-generation Ford Focus comes along in 2018, Mexico is a likely possibility for production. Ford recently committed to spending $2.5 billion in engine and transmission facilities and adding thousands of workers in Mexico, and the current Ford Fusion and Ford Fiesta for the U.S. are both produced in Mexico, in Hemosillo and Cuatitlan facilities, respectively.
Earlier this year, Ford cut a shift at MAP due to slow sales for the Focus and C-Max, affecting approximately 675 hourly workers and 25 salaried employees. Ford Focus sales are down 16 percent year-to-date through June, and Ford C-Max sales are down 15.6 percent through June.
Stay tuned to hear more information about this manufacturing shift, and to hear which vehicle may replace the Focus at the Michigan Assembly plant three years from now.