With the opening of their second plant in China, the Blue Oval is talking about exporting cars outside the world's most populace country. China exports are appealing to automakers because of the cheap labor costs, but as of yet, most cars made in China, stay in China. Ford CEO Allan Mulally thinks the new plant, which is currently making the Mazda2 and may soon produce the Verve/Fiesta, would be a good place to start China exports, and if it means either product will hit U.S. shores, we'd tend to agree with him.
Ford's going to have to deal with an abstinent and pissed off UAW as soon as an agreement is struck with GM, and Mr. Mulally may be setting the stage for negotiations. We're just guessing here, but we think the UAW may have an issue with Chinese-made Fords on U.S. highways.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]