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Ford Motor Company Pulling Out Of Japan, Indonesia By Year’s End

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Ford Motor Company has made the decision to pull entirely out of the markets of both Japan and Indonesia, citing difficulties with sustaining sales figures and turning a profit in each country, according to The Detroit News.

The problems faced by Ford Motor Company in each Japan and Indonesia are somewhat different. Ford Spokesperson Neal McCarthy told The Detroit News in an email that “Japan is the most closed, developed auto economy in the world, with all imported brands accounting for less than 6% of Japan’s annual new car market.” That leaves Ford Motor Co. and other American automakers a very small slice of market share to fight over, and in its current state, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement wouldn’t remedy the situation, said McCarthy.

In Indonesia, Ford Motor Company’s difficulty reportedly stems from a lack of local production, coupled with a shortage of vehicles to sell in key market segments, according to Neal McCarthy. Even after restructuring in the southeast Asian country, Ford Motor holds less than one percent of the market.

Ford Motor Company plans to exit both markets before the end of 2016, while remaining committed to serving existing customers with adequate access to parts and repairs.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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