Ford’s Chicago-Built SUVs Exported Around the World

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We often talk about how Ford is sending most of the car production to Mexico to make room for bringing their truck and SUV production to the United States. Ford can afford to build the trucks and SUVs in this country because they have significantly higher profit margins than cars. Ford needs to remain profitable to stay in business, so it’s hard to argue with this trend. However, it should be noted the company just doesn’t import vehicles, they export them as well.

The Chicago plant produces the Ford Explorer SUV, and according to Ford’s Mark LaNeve, they export 50,000 SUVs from the Chicago plant globally every year. SUVs are a large area of growth for Ford, so we expect this number to rise even more in the coming years.

Also, we totally expect the new Ford Bronco and Ranger to be built in Michigan, and it’s very possible that that plant will also export some of those vehicles produced around the world, joining the Ranger production that already occurs in South Africa.

While many of you would like to see all of Ford’s production brought to the United States, it does seem like Ford is tackling their global production in the most cost-effective way possible while still retaining American jobs.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts over in our forums!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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