Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant, also know as AutoAlliance International, currently builds the Ford Mustang and the Mazda6 sedan. We previously reported that Mazda will no longer build the Mazda6 at this joint venture
, and will build the Mazda6 in Japan
, which leaves Flat Rock with quite a bit of surplus capacity.
and a contract summary document (PDF link)
released to UAW workers, that capacity will be filled by building some next-generation 2013 Ford Fusion models in Flat Rock. That doesn’t mean that Ford will cease Fusion production in Hermosillo, Mexico, current home to the Fusion. Instead, Flat Rock will be used to provide a second source of manufacturing for the Fusion product line.
If recent Fusion sales are an indicator of things to come, Ford may need added Fusion build capacity. Year to date, Ford has sold some 188,439 Fusion models, an increase of nearly 17 percent from 2010. Sales of the 2011 Fusion
in September totaled 19,510 units, up over 22 percent from September 2010. In fact, the Fusion is the best-selling car in Ford’s current lineup, and even tops sales of the popular Ford Escape SUV (although just barely).
While details on the 2014 Ford Fusion
remain sketchy, we expect that the car might make an advance debut, in thinly veiled concept form, at January’s Detroit Auto Show.