Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump again took aim at Ford's factories in Mexico on Friday, saying he's "100-percent sure" he could stop the company from expanding in that country, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Speaking at a rally in suburban Detroit the night after a contentious Republican debate in the city, Trump told supporters that "the car business is being abused more than most other businesses. ... Mexico is becoming the new China," according to the Free Press.

In response, a Ford spokesperson noted the company's 113-year history of building automobiles in the United States: "Ford is deeply invested in the US, and has been for more than a century," the company said in its statement to Autoblog. "We are a major US employer with 80,000 US employees, and a major US exporter of American-made cars and trucks. We are also a major source of US investment. Since 2011, Ford has invested $10.2 billion plus in our US plants. Over the next four years, we have committed to invest $9 billion at our US plants."

Trump has repeatedly criticized Ford for investing in Mexican factories and has made pointed remarks last year about the automaker in a speech in Michigan. Before that, he said he wanted to put a 35-percent tax on Fords built in Mexico during a speech in New York.

Though Ford has drawn repeated criticism from Trump for its sites in Mexico, many other automakers, including General Motors, Volkswagen, and Toyota, have facilities in that nation.

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