Ford Will Not Shift Facility To Mexico — Trump Claims Victory

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American carmaker Ford has decided not to shift the production of one of its SUVs, the Lincoln MKC from Kentucky to Mexico.

Ford relayed the news to President-elect Donald Trump who was quick to let the world know about it as well as claim credit for it.

Trump tweeted out that he had "worked hard" with Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr. to ensure that the Lincoln would remain in the United States.

Trump had criticized Ford during his election campaign, tweeting verbally blasting the company numerous times about its plans to shift production of its cars to Mexico.

Trump had also threatened to levy a 35 percent tariff on vehicles made south of the border with Mexico.

While the President-elect may lead us to believe that the shift would have lead to the plant shutting down, the reality is bit different.

The facility that Trump tweeted about builds the Lincoln MKC as well as the Ford Escape, which are basically the same SUV with a different badge and styling.

Ford had actually planned to send the MKC production south of the border to Mexico, due to its low sales numbers, so that it could increase production of the Escape which is quite a lot more popular than the Lincoln.

So, while the Lincolns would have been in Mexico, no workers in the Kentucky plant would have lost their jobs, something that Trump didn't actually reveal.

Also the Kentucky facility is not a 'Lincoln plant' as Trump claimed, instead the Lincoln MKC production line is just a small part of Ford's rather large Louisville facility.

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Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2016, 15:25 [IST]
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