Ford has rejected President Trump's call for it to shift production of the Chinese-made Focus Active crossover-style hatchback to the US, after announcing last month that it would not import the model due to tariff concerns.
"It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the USA given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment".
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, including some automobiles, in a move Trump has touted as necessary to punish Beijing for what he says are its unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft. China is retaliating with its own tariffs on US products.More news: Security breach at Lyon Airport, a vehicle chase on runway, flights grounded
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Cook met with Trump last month, and complimented Apple's CEO for "investing big dollars in U.S.A".
As you can see in Trump's tweet above, his solution to that is for Apple to finally move production to the USA, something Trump has been campaigning for since before he was elected. A message left with Apple's press office seeking comment on Trump's remarks wasn't immediately returned.
Mr. Trump presumably learned about Ford's decision to cancel the Focus Active from a TV news program and inferred the announcement meant that Ford would build the CUV in America.
"Without the tariffs, the business case was pretty solid for that model in the USA market", he said. It makes many of its products for the USA market in China, and it also sells gadgets including the iPhone in China, making them a potential target for Chinese retaliation against the Trump tariffs.
The plan, said industry analyst Ed Kim of AutoPacific, was to pare down the Focus lineup to Active wagons and import them from China. Ford originally planned to make the next gen Focus Active - a cross hatchback version of the standard Focus to Mexico but changed those plans to make the economy auto in China instead.