As S.U.V. Market Booms, Ford to Invest $1.2 Billion

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But the decision by Ford to invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan locations is more about America’s love affair with pickups and S.U.V.s than about economic policies put forth by the Trump administration.

Like similar announcements made this year by General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, Ford’s move is primarily driven by competitive pressures to keep pace with the surging market for new truck and S.U.V. models.

In addition to the investment in the Wayne assembly plant, Ford said Tuesday that it would spend $150 million to add or retain 130 jobs at a Michigan engine plant, and invest $200 million on an advanced data center to support the development of autonomous and electrified vehicles.

He said the investments were not discussed with Mr. Trump when he met with auto executives on March 15 in the Detroit area, vowing to reduce government regulations to promote job growth.

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