WardsAuto.com is reporting that Ford's next-generation Fusion will be built at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, MI, 25 miles southwest of downtown Detroit. The news comes out of the tentative labor agreement with the UAW that was announced today. Ford has said it will add 12,000 hourly manufacturing jobs in the U.S. by 2015, including some jobs that are returning to the U.S. from Mexico, China, and Japan.

AutoAlliance is a joint-venture plant owned with Mazda, where Ford builds the Mustang alongside the Mazda6. The current Fusion is assembled at Ford's Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant in Mexico, though it shares a platform with the Mazda sedan. The move to Flat Rock all but insures that the forthcoming Fusion will continue to maintain that close connection. Speculation has the new Fusion dropping at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.


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      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's great news for a state that certainly could use it. Given the trends over the last several years, I am pleasantly surprised. Let me add, that I am not a fan of the UAW by any stretch, but I am for bringing more manufacturing jobs back to my country and home state.
      4gasem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, thank GOD they're slowly getting it... I'd like to see ALL American cars built here, but I'm also realistic in my thinking. It's just not possible. It IS possible to build all cars here that are meant for our soil, however that can get costly having more than one plant building basically the same vehicle. I'm sure that the Fusion will be made somewhere else for the Euro market though.
        wilkegm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        The Fusion sedan is not a global vehicle. The rest of the world makes due with the largely unrelated (and arguably far superior) Mondeo. They do have something called a Fusion over there, but its a B-segment cross over.
          nardvark
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wilkegm
          I believe the next generation is supposed to be a "world car," like the new Focus. So there will be some variation for domestic regulations, but otherwise it'll be a Mondeo with a Fusion nameplate.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great news. And from some of the renderings that I have seen of the next-gen Fusion, its going to be pretty darn good looking, but not exactly follow the styling of the current Fiesta or Focus. I guess now folks won't be able to make fun of Ford for building their "American" car in Mexico... even though I predict some of the typical d-bags in here then switching it around and complaining that it will be built by union labor. Apparently those folks rather see the work done in a foreign country.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        fiesta and focus will be following the styling of the new mondeo/fusion introduced by the evos concept.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          I realize that and if the renderings that I have seen of the new Fusion/Mondeo is correct, I am honestly not sure if that's a good thing or not. I think the Fiesta/Focus look great as they are now. The Evos concept has some great parts to it, but I think it also looks a little bulky and might not be as sexy when they tame it down for production. We'll see.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          i think they'll get it right with the new models designed with the new face from ground up. i agree with you at the recently presented ST models looking a bit wrong, which is most of the times true to facelifted versions imho.
      Dinger72
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know everyone here hates the UAW and everything, but at least they are getting this right! It shouldn't be about salaries in the auto industry anymore, (they are already high enough) It should be about getting your jobs back. Good for Ford, and GM for that fact, because they are doing the same things.
      Danny
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought next gen Mazda6 was being built in Japan and they were getting out of AutoAlliance for good because of dismal sales of the current model. No?
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danny
        http://wot.motortrend.com/mazda6-production-move-japan-report-83867.html As Ford is likely to retain much of the current Mazda-derrived platform for the next Fusion and they will have the capacity available with Mazda leaving, it makes sense that they would use that capacity to build Fusions. The current US Mazda 6 has more structurally in common with the Fusion than the model the sell overseas. For the next generaration 6, Mazda is only offering the international model having little shared with Ford..
      merlot066
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what will the trolls have to complain about now? No more "hecho in Mexico" comments.
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's great to hear that 12000 jobs will be returning to America. I'm really looking forward to seeing this when it comes out. I'm seriously considering purchasing this car when it comes out.
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is really great news. i'm totally pumped about GM and Ford bringing production back to michigan. our state is in trouble because our industry left. and the reality is, we're stuck at 11% unemployment until it comes back.
      Ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everytime I hear about Flatrock, I think of the parody of the Murray Head song "One night in Flatrock"
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to see American companies moving back to America. Way to go Ford.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        Actually you can thank those Evil unions for that. Ford's original intention (mexico) was reeled in by negotiations. So actually Ford was trying to do the opposite and leave the country.
      nrlll9
      • 3 Years Ago
      say goodbye to ford fusion quality then.
        Danny Eckel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nrlll9
        American workers are some of the most productive, effiecient and quality workers in the world. You think starved underpaid Mexican and Chinese workers are somehow better than American?
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danny Eckel
          Although there are plenty of good American workers, unions screw it up by keeping crappy workers among the good ones.
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Danny Eckel
          wow, what an ignorant comment. i definately think they are just as good, maybe better..because they can't allow themselves to rest their lazy and fat asses!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another moronic post from Sea Urine...
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, god forbid workers have any rights... lets try to kill the one entity remaining fighting for workers and let billion dollar corporations have ALL the power in this country. I think if they kill the unions, Mulally could start pulling in $200 or even $300 MILLION a year because the poor guy can probably barely get by with this $100 MILLION dollar compensation package as it is now.
          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          "Yeah, god forbid the workers have any rights" What an ignorant statement. There are already regulations that protect workers and they have all the rights they need. Unions are just redundant and get in the way.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Yeah, god for bid we don't keep an obsolete organization around that does nothing more than what the government already does. You seem to think that only the wealthy, or those that cater to them, are the corrupt ones looking to take advantage of people. The reality is that there are such people in all groups, not just the wealthy and business owners/execs. That's the main problem I have with those on the far left. You should try looking at the big picture instead of what you see within your ideological box. Otherwise, you discredit yourself as just another fanboy.
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