Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Ford says it's still making hatchback overseas despite President Trump's tweet

Trump: Apple could be tax free if it makes products in the US Ford will not build new Focus cars in US, despite Trump tariffs tweet
Laurie Berry | 11 September, 2018, 17:28

Make your products in the United States instead of China. Focus Active was scheduled to go on sale in the late summer next year.

Intel Corp said proposed tariffs would negatively affect US businesses and "stifle advancements" in telecom infrastructure, including next generation technologies like 5G.

Ford added in its statement that it's committed to "growing its USA vehicle lineup - including introducing all-new trucks, utilities, hybrids and fully electric vehicles". The companies are producing Apple's AirPods wireless headphones, antennas and enclosures for iPhone and other products for the firm.

It now appears as though Trump's claim that Ford can now move production of their vehicle, the Focus Active, to the United States, is, as Trump would call it, "FAKE NEWS".

President Donald Trumpand Apple are not seeing eye to eye.

The tweet directed at Apple clearly suggested the company should make products in US instead of China if they want to avail "zero" tax. The company is making iPhone display glass in Kentucky, and is setting up new plants in other areas.

The tariffs, ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent, would apply to 5,207 products, and US actions will determine whether China adopts the additional duties, Beijing said at the time.

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As you can see in Trump's tweet above, his solution to that is for Apple to finally move production to the United States, something Trump has been campaigning for since before he was elected.

The Focus Active was meant to take the place of the Ford Focus in the US because Ford is phasing out the entry-level auto as it shifts its production to pickups and SUVs. It makes many of its products for the U.S. 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 Trump administration has imposed tariffs of $50 billion on imports from China, mostly equipment and material used by manufacturers.

For now, that means Ford simply won't sell the vehicle in the United States.

Fitness tracker maker Fitbit said increased tariffs would compromise its investments in USA -based innovation. That is why companies like Ford cannot sell their vehicles, which they make overseas, in the U.S.

Meanwhile, General Motors is seeking an exemption from the same tariffs on vehicles that hit Ford, suggesting that it will have to pull the China-made Envision SUV off the market if the exemption is not granted.

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