Ford Rules Out Making Focus Active Wagon In The U.S.

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In April, Ford announced plans to stop making cars in the United States - except for the Mustang - and to focus on more profitable SUVs.

Ford has traditionally produced a range of sedans, including the Focus, Taurus and Fiesta.

Tweeting on Sunday, the president quoted a CNBC report that Ford would no longer be selling its Chinese-build Focus Active in the U.S., adding: "This is just the beginning".

Trump tweeted on Saturday, urging the tech giant to start manufacturing its products in America to avoid his proposed tariffs on Chinese goods. "Ford is proud to employ more US hourly workers and build more vehicles in the USA than any other automaker".

Ford may keep building the Focus Active in China, but won't not sell them in the United States.

Trump's comment came after Apple told USA trade officials on Friday that proposed tariffs by Washington in an escalating trade war with China would affect prices for a "wide range" of Apple items, including the Apple Watch.

According to industry analyst Ed Kim from AutoPacific, there was a strong chance the Focus Active would have been sold in the United States if it wasn't for the tariffs. The company is making iPhone display glass in Kentucky, and is setting up new plants in other areas.

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

Some components for Apple products, including glass from manufacturers like Corning, are made in the United States, the company has said. "No one knows how deep the well is", he said.

Ford spokesman Michael Levine said the Focus Active is built in Europe.

Apple, like other tech giants, has benefited from the last year's overhaul to the USA tax code, and the company has committed to returning much of the $252 billion in cash it held overseas.

With Ford joining Apple in criticizing President Trump's tariffs, the pressure on the administration to back down and de-escalate the trade war is perhaps greater than ever. But after Trump's threat to target another $200 billion of goods in a second round of increases, China issued a list of only $60 billion of American products for possible retaliation. But the president told reporters Friday that imposing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products "will take place very soon depending on what happens".

The company said the administration should remove "critical components" such as parts of refrigerators and mixers from the proposed list and add finished products such as dishwashers to mitigate negative impact on USA manufacturing.

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