In September, Fields appeared on CNN to say no jobs would be lost in the US as it moves production of the Ford Focus and C-Max hybrids to Mexico. "There will be no job impact whatsoever with this move".
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As for Trump's view on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, Fields said the company's strategy is laid out according to the worldwide trade agreements the United States holds, and that most of its investments are in this country.
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, great-grandson of the company's founder, even met with Trump, but the candidate's criticism of the automaker continued.
Fields stuck to his position that a tariff on cars produced in Mexico would be devastating.
Shares of Ford are up 6.5% since the election. If Ford made a decision to build the Focus small auto line in the United States, and had to raise the price, "we wouldn't sell the vehicle".
Fuel economy and trade "are two separate issues", Fields said.
On Monday, Ford revealed a new EcoSport subcompact SUV that it has sold around the world since 2003 but never in the U.S. Ford plans to import the EcoSport into the U.S. from Chennai, India.
The strategy worked in MI and other Rust Belt states that haven't fully recovered after shedding thousands of jobs during the recession and losing other jobs to factories primarily in Mexico, where lower-profit cars can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of US labor and shipped back to the United States under trade pacts that all but eliminate tariffs.
Ford has cautioned investors that it sees demand for cars and light trucks hitting a plateau in the United States. "No tax, no nothing, and we'll have nothing but more unemployment in Flint and in MI", he said in the speech in Flint.
"We expect the industry to be about the same as it was previous year, probably a little lower on the retail side, and a continuing competitive pricing environment", Fields said.