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Ford May Shift Fusion And Mondeo Production To China In 2020 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in china, Ford, Ford Europe, Ford Fusion, ford mondeo, Mexico, Reports on 12 14th, 2017


Ford will reportedly move production of the Fusion and Mondeo sedans to China in 2020.

Three unnamed sources told Reuters of the plan, suggesting that the Fusion will no longer be built in Hermosillo, Mexico and that construction of the Mondeo will shift from Valencia, Spain.

Initially, it was reported that the American automaker would export the Chinese-built Fusion to North America and the Mondeo to Europe. However, Ford has since released a statement to the press indicating that there are no such plans.

“We have no plans to export the next-generation Fusion / Mondeo from China to North America and Europe. Fusion / Mondeo are an important part of the Ford car lineup. We will have more information to share about the next Fusion / Mondeo at a later date,” a Ford spokesperson said.

This year, U.S. sales of the Fusion have dropped by 22 per cent and Mondeo sales are down 21 per cent in Europe over 2016.

In June, Ford confirmed that it will shift some Fiesta production from Mexico to China. Additionally, the brand recently announced that it will build a future EV in Cuatitlan, Mexico, rather than in Michigan as originally planned.

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Ford To Build Electric Crossover In Mexico Rather Than U.S. 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Ford, Mexico, Reports on 12 7th, 2017


Ford intends on moving the production of a future all-electric crossover from the United States to Mexico.

The upcoming vehicle was originally set to be built in Michigan but Automotive News reports that the brand will instead move production to Mexico and commence construction of the model in summer 2020.

Ford first announced the all-electric crossover as part of a $700 million investment at its Flat Rock assembly plant, a move that will create roughly 700 jobs.

The gap left behind by the electric crossover in Michigan will be filled by additional investments in autonomous vehicle development. This will see a further $200 million invested in the Flat Rock plant and an additional 150 jobs added.

“We see a bigger opportunity now than we originally saw,” Ford spokesman Alan Hall said.

Note: Ford EcoSport pictured

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Canada Warns Against U.S.’s Proposed NAFTA Changes 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Canada, Donald Trump, Mexico, NAFTA, Reports on 11 22nd, 2017


Canada is preparing to hit back at proposals made by the U.S. to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

As negotiations between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico continue over the agreement, Plant reports that negotiators for Canada are planning a presentation which will highlight how the proposal could devastate its domestic car industry.

Proposals made by the United States consists of four main parts which could impact the car industry. First, it would require at least half of a car’s parts are from the U.S. to avoid a tariff. From there, the proposal includes increasing the amount of content required from North America, making methods of calculating parts percentages more stringent, and forcing car companies to introduce these changes within a year.

“What they’ve put forward is completely unworkable. It doesn’t even achieve their own goals. We intend to walk them through that in extreme detail,” a Canadian official said.

NAFTA talks are currently being held in Mexico City between officials from the three North American countries.

It is reported that Mexico is working on a counter-offer to the U.S. proposal on the issue of auto parts.

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Armored Car Sales Are Booming In Mexico As Murder Rate Soars 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Armored, Mexico, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


The International Institute for Strategic Studies recently ranked Mexico as the second most dangerous country in the world and the country’s alarmingly high homicide rate has transformed the armored car industry into a booming business.

According to NBC DFW, the armored car industry is growing 20 percent annually in Mexico and a large number of these orders are coming from civilians. While high-end models such as the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard will cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, a number of companies specialize in transforming mainstream vehicles into low-profile armored cars.

These models typically cost between $35,000 and $85,000 and they have become a hit with entrepreneurs who simply want to remain safe while doing their daily business. Of course, armored vehicles are still expensive and a number of companies have started to cater to customers who are on smaller budgets. One such company is EPEL who has started leasing armored cars to customers who can’t afford to make a big upfront payment.

Despite the growing success of his company, EPEL CEO Ernesto Mizrahi hopes something will change as he told the station “All of our families are suffering this crisis. We hope it [the murder rate] goes down and we can change our market to doing limousines or whatever.”

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Mexican Auto Group Rejects U.S. Proposed NAFTA Changes On Rules Of Origin 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Donald Trump, Mexico, NAFTA, Reports on 10 20th, 2017


Proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been rejected by the Mexican Auto Industry Association.
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Mexican Auto Group Rejects U.S. Proposed NAFTA Changes On Rules Of Origin 20
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Donald Trump, Mexico, NAFTA, Reports on 10 20th, 2017


Proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have been rejected by the Mexican Auto Industry Association.
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Automakers Concerned With Trump’s NAFTA Proposals 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Canada, Donald Trump, Mexico, Reports on 10 17th, 2017


A number of carmakers are concerned with President Trump’s proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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Taxi Slams Into Lamborghini Aventador In Mexico 3
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Videos, Mexico, Offbeat News, taxi, video on 10 3rd, 2017


A Lamborghini Aventador has been severely damaged in Mexico after it was hit by a taxi.
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China’s Jeep Wrangler Rip-Off Lands In Mexico 23
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in BAIC, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Mexico, Reports on 08 23rd, 2017

No, you're not looking at the new Jeep Wrangler. Instead, what you see here is the BAIC BJ40 from China and as the title reads, it is now available in Mexico.

And in case you're wondering, that windshield price sticker isn't USD but Mexican pesos with $531,900 equaling around US$33,000. The real Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (5d) starts from MX$614,900 or about US$35,000.
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Toyota Delays Production At Mexican Plant Until 2020 11
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mexico, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Tacoma, Trucks on 08 11th, 2017


Toyota has confirmed that production at its scheduled new plant in Mexico will be pushed back to the first half of 2020 rather than 2019 as initially planned.
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Cyclist Going After Yorkie In Mexico City Traffic Is The Best Chase Scene You’ll See Today 23
Jun
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bicycles, Mexico, Offbeat News, video on 06 23rd, 2017


Chasing after a runaway dog is never ideal, especially if it starts cutting across traffic lanes while almost getting run over by multiple cars.
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Mexican Automaker Developing Electric Taxi To Replace Mexico’s Gas-Guzzling Cabs 28
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Mexico, Reports on 05 28th, 2017


A Mexican automaker owned in part by billionaire Carlos Slim is developing an electric taxi, which it hopes could ultimately spawn a fleet of vehicles to replace Mexico City's petrol-powered cabs.
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Caterham Enters Latin American Market For The First Time 16
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Argentina, Brazil, Caterham, Mexico, Reports on 05 16th, 2017


Good news for purists in the Latin America: Caterham announced the appointment of Global X-Sports as their Latin American regional distributor.
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China’s Great Wall Will Build Factory In North America But Policy Remains An Issue 15
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Donald Trump, Great Wall, Mexico, Reports, USA on 05 15th, 2017


Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall is planning to build a factory in either Mexico or the United States, with the uncertain policy environment remaining a key factor for the location of it.
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Mexican Engineers Flock To Tesla Hiring Event, Dozens Turned Away 7
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, Mexico, Reports, Tesla on 05 7th, 2017


Tesla is looking south of the U.S. border in a bid to hire new engineers for its Fremont, California factory where it plans to build the much anticipated Model 3.
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