Ford CEO Jim Farley has quickly developed a reputation for spreading rumors and speculation via his Twitter account, something that his rival/budding pal Elon Musk is famous for. This includes, most recently, hinting at a possible future all-electric version of the Ford Bronco, as well as his desires for a North American Puma. Now, Farley has dropped a hint that some Ford U.S. plant news is forthcoming, most interestingly, in a reply to a tweet wishing his daughter a happy birthday.
Pls wait in the coming months, we have something for you.
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) May 17, 2021
The response stems from a question asking Farley why Ford is moving significant production to Mexico while other automakers are investing in U.S. production, to which Farley responded “Pls wait in the coming months, we have something for you.” Currently, the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant builds the Ford Bronco Sport and soon the Ford Maverick, while the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant builds the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
However, the tweet is referring to Ford’s decision to built two future EV crossovers – one Ford and one Lincoln, codenamed CDX746 and CDX747, respectively – alongside the Mach-E at the Cuautitlan plant in Mexico, a decision that drew the ire of the United Autoworkers Union (UAW) after it originally planned on building the EVs at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, then the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant.
Regardless, it’s worth pointing out that Ford hasn’t closed a U.S. plant in several years (save for the Ford Romeo Engine Plant, which will close next year, though employees will be offered positions at nearby plants), and continues to produce a large number of vehicles in America. Meanwhile, the automakers mentioned in the tweet only choose to do so because it’s cheaper than producing those same vehicles in their home countries.