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Ford May Sell German Plant To BYD

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Selling an assembly plant to a prospective competitor?  Might not be the best move for the future.

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That's what I am thinking....

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Ford of Europe may be on borrowed time.  Besides selling this plant, they are planning to cut 3,200 product development jobs in Germany.  Ford is developing future EV's in the U.S, so Cologne has become redundant.

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4 hours ago, lfeg said:

Selling an assembly plant to a prospective competitor?  Might not be the best move for the future.

 

It boils down to dealing with the union in Germany-let the new owners deal with that. 

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57 minutes ago, silvrsvt said:

 

It boils down to dealing with the union in Germany-let the new owners deal with that. 

 

No doubt a factor.  However, BYD would be coming in at a better position than Ford, i.e. Ford was going to close this plant, were are saving it but give us too much trouble and we are gone.  I now see that BYD may be eyeing that plant to built large commercial BEV's, if so it would not be competing with Ford.  Maybe Otosan though.  

Edited by 7Mary3

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The gloom in the article ignores the fact that most of Ford’s current and future production comes from Valencia,

Romania and the reconfigured Cologne plant. Building Fiesta and Focus in Germany was hellishly expensive for

vehicles expected to sell at competitively low prices. The near future for Ford Europe will  be its new BEV “Escape”

and “Focus Active” as well as BEV Puma plus imported Mach E……and that’s before  switching any of the current

C2 production out of Valencia.

Edited by jpd80

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