Ford CEO Says Production Plans on Track Despite Election

DETROIT (AP) -
Mark Fields, president and CEO of the Ford Motor Co. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Mark Fields, president and CEO of the Ford Motor Co. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields says the presidential election won’t change the company’s plans to move small car production to Mexico.

President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Ford for moving production to Mexico. Trump wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and has called for a 35-percent tariff on goods shipped from Mexico.

In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Fields said Ford is proceeding with its plan to move Focus car production from Michigan to a new plant in Mexico by 2018. He stressed that no jobs will be lost, since the Michigan plant will make two other vehicles.

Fields also warned that a tariff would affect the entire industry – and autoworkers’ profit-sharing checks – since many companies sell Mexican- and Canadian-made vehicles or parts.