To the Editor:
As a fan of the domestic auto industry and especially Ford Motor Co., I waited with anxious anticipation to see the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan.
On a recent business trip through Willard, Ohio, I saw that a small Ford store had a beautiful Fusion on display out front. After a cursory inspection, I was very much impressed with the vehicle. The styling, packaging, fuel economy, interior and just about everything else I looked at were all done to the highest standards. But one will never be in my garage in the current form.
I was disappointed when I looked at the content label and read that 70 percent of the parts were made in Mexico. I have known for months that the models were to be assembled in Hermosillo, Mexico, which disappointed me. But I had hoped for at least the 60 to 70 percent American content the Focus ZX3 and Escort ZX2 enjoyed when built at that plant.
When will the auto industry realize that consumers do care about content and assembly location? The Japanese try to play it both ways, being an import when it is advantageous and pointing to an American assembly site when that helps to make the sale.
I wish Ford the best with its beautiful new cars. Ford should bring them here and promote the fact they are built in America, where they belong.