Trump Claims Victory in Keeping Lincoln MKC Production in U.S.
Ford Issues Statement Supporting “U.S. Competitiveness”
For whatever reason, Ford became president-elect Donald Trump’s whipping boy of choice during the campaign, although each of the domestic automakers have extensive manufacturing operations in Mexico and Canada, as well as globally. Perhaps sensing the national zeitgeist following the election, Ford announced that it would not be moving production of the next-generation Lincoln MKC C-segment crossover to Mexico but will be keeping it in Louisville, Kentucky, where the current model is built, Reuters reports.
Trump promptly claimed victory and posted on his Twitter account “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky.” The Lincoln MKC only accounts for a small portion of the production of Louisville, the vast majority of which is dedicated to the hot-selling Escape, which shares its platform with the MKC. Ford responded in a statement, “We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States.”
Ford’s announcement during the campaign season that it planned to move production of the compact Focus and C-Max hybrid to Mexico starting in 2018 raised the ire of the candidate, nevermind the fact that the Wayne, Michigan, plant that currently builds the Focus and C-Max would be receiving new product, resulting in no net job losses.