Ford likely to build SUVs in Sonora, says state official
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After Ford Motor Co. announced that it will cease the manufacturing of sedan cars for the U.S. market, Jorge Vidal Ahumada, Sonora's secretary of Economy, said that the company's officials informed him that in the coming months it will be decided which vehicle will be manufactured at the Hermosillo plant, where the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ are currently produced.
Vidal affirmed that it will be in two or three months when it becomes known which new project will be developed in the capital of Sonora, but it is possible that it is an SUV or a crossover. This version coincides with those of local media which affirm that the facility is already being adapted for the production of a compact SUV.
"At the moment, the plan is to continue producing the Fusion and the MKZ by 2020 at a rate of 67 units per hour during two shifts," he told local press during a conference.
The official added that the staff of the factory will remain at 2,500 workers. “After having eliminated the third shift at the end of last year, no further changes are expected in this area,” Vidal said.