Ford Motor Co. cites many pluses in moving the U.S. operations of Volvo and Jaguar to California. We hope Ford is equally aware of the minuses.
The biggest problem is that the two decidedly European brands may become Americanized by their go-go surroundings, their new design studios and the proximity of Lincoln and Mercury, the other principal members of the Premier Automotive Group.
That would be a shame. Volvo is a Swedish car; Jaguar is a British car. Both are European cars. They should remain that way.
In their individual East Coast quarters, Jaguar and Volvo are separate but equal parts of Ford's U.S. empire. They should not be permitted to become mere peas in Ford's California pod.