Ford will export vehicles from China to the US for the first time starting in 2019, it said last week. It already makes the Focus for Chinese buyers. The move runs counter to the US government’s recent efforts to highlight American production amid intense criticism from President Donald Trump. The company’s plan to move production of the Focus to a factory in Hermosillo, Mexico, announced in 2016, angered then-candidate Trump, who threatened to impose a border tax on any imported cars. Photo: AP
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Ford will export vehicles from China to the US for the first time starting in 2019, it said last week. It already makes the Focus for Chinese buyers. The move runs counter to the US government’s recent efforts to highlight American production amid intense criticism from President Donald Trump. The company’s plan to move production of the Focus to a factory in Hermosillo, Mexico, announced in 2016, angered then-candidate Trump, who threatened to impose a border tax on any imported cars. Photo: AP
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