When you think about it, that's huge. In the city, that's better than the hybrid Camry from Toyota
This is being heralded as an event that shows Detroit can compete effectively with foreign automakers. When Ford, General Motors
So, Detroit got its life raft, but there's a bit of a disconnect here between saving American jobs and lavishing billions on the auto industry.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid won't be saving many U.S. jobs because the car is built in Mexico, right next to the Chevy Silverado and Aveo plants and Chrysler's new fuel-efficient Phoenix Motors plant. In fact, the Big Three have 13 plants in Mexico that turn out 50% of Mexico's auto production, and, according to the Mexican Auto Industry Association, Mexico exports 75% of all production, of which 70% heads to the U.S.
So, let's not wax poetic about what the Fusion Hybrid means for the "American" auto industry. In reality, the industry is really a global one. While Detroit is off building cars in Mexico (and South America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere), Japanese carmakers are right here in the U.S. building cars and creating American jobs.
The Camry hybrid is built right here in Kentucky, and until auto sales dried up in North America recently, Toyota had planned to move Prius manufacturing capabilities to Mississippi. Without taking anything away from Ford's achievement, so-called Japanese car manufacturers have been building fuel-efficient internal combustion cars here for some time. The Altima from Nissan
I'm happy that Ford has won those accolades, and the Fusion isn't such a bad-looking car, either. With size, styling, and power behind it, this could end up being a big seller for the iconic carmaker. Let's just not conflate that achievement with having anything to do with saving American jobs. There is no "U.S. carmaker" anymore, just as calling a Camry, Civic, or Altima "Japanese" is a misnomer. Although politicians sometimes confuse the matter to further their own agendas, it's a global marketplace that won't be assisted by artificially propping up negligent and incompetent management through loans and bailouts.