Ford plans new auto plant in Mexico's San Luis Potosi: sources

Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:01pm EST
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote) will announce a new automobile plant in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi during the first quarter, three Mexican officials familiar with company plans said on Thursday.

The plant should produce around 350,000 cars annually, according to two officials, and the investment should be worth slightly over $1.5 billion, one of them said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Ford declined to comment on the reports.

"We do not comment on speculation," company spokeswoman Kelli Felker said.

It is not clear yet which model will be built at the plant.

Ford said in November that it will stop building Focus compact cars at a factory in Wayne, Michigan in 2018. Officials at the United Auto Workers union have said the replacement for the current Focus will be made in Mexico.

The company has not yet said where it will go.

Mexico is an increasingly attractive production base for global carmakers, with infrastructure, supply base and productivity all improving, analysts say.

A recent plunge in the Mexican peso against the dollar to 18 to the greenback from about 13 in mid-2014 has also made the country more appealing for U.S. manufacturers.   Continued...

The corporate logo of Ford is seen at a Ford branch in Caracas March 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins