By on May 1, 2017

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Ford Motor Company thinks it has the answers for the impending renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, believes the key to an updated NAFTA includes protections against currency manipulation and the standardization of product regulation between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Of course, Hinrichs is just one voice of many. Despite his initial threat of NAFTA’s abolishment failing to pan out, President Trump has maintained a hardline stance — stating he will negotiate a better deal for the U.S. (or pull out if he can’t). Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has urged for transparency throughout the process while echoing some of Trump’s campaign promises to stick up for American jobs by not showing favoritism or allowing industries to play against each other.

By contrast, Hinrichs’ proposals are specifically focused on streamlining the auto industry and avoiding long-standing complications associated with financial witchcraft. 

Speaking to Automotive News, Hinrichs said he would like to see his ideas make it into the prospective overhaul of NAFTA and serve as a blueprint for future trade deals. “We can, as a country and region, provide some good templates and examples for the future of trade agreements beyond the NAFTA region,” he explained. “I think, in the end, the people involved know what’s at stake here and we’ll clearly end up somewhere that will make sense for the U.S. and the industry.”

“We don’t know how it will play out,” Hinrichs said. “It’s our belief — and I think the industry’s belief — that the integration of the North American auto business has certainly served the North American continent well relative to its competitiveness vs. the rest of the world, and that’s important for all of us to remember.”

While Ford has been fairly vocal about currency manipulation in regard to the defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership, it doesn’t seem to be worried about it within North America. The provisions in NAFTA to protect against it really only serves to set a good example for more global trade agreements.

“Traditionally we don’t see the Canadian dollar or Mexico peso being manipulated by the government, but we believe trade agreements should incorporate mechanisms around currency manipulation and the like,” Hinrichs explained.

He didn’t say it, but we all know which Far East People’s Republic the industry is most concerned with in respect to economic voodoo. As for the amalgamation of vehicle standards, that’s as clear as it gets. Automakers don’t want to waste time and money adhering to differing safety and build standards between countries.

General Motors, like Ford, would also like to see the deal result in smoother sailing for manufacturers. “We want a balanced playing field,” said CFO Chuck Stevens last week. GM also supports simplifying local content and origination rules. However, if the deal changes in a matter that increases the cost of imported items, Stevens said he’s “hopeful there would be a period of transition so we can adjust to it.”

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62 Comments on “Ford Has a Few Pointers for Trump as NAFTA Negotiations Loom...”


  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    I’m sure that the people who elected Trump also have a few pointers and choice words for Trump that are diametrically opposed to the words from Ford.

    • 0 avatar
      FormerFF

      Which side do you think he will listen to?

      I have my own opinion, I’d like to hear yours.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        I am of the opinion that Trump thrives on divergent opinions and advice and then makes up his own mind — typically like a business man, slow to decide, but once the decision is made, he’ll stick with it come hell or high water.

        So, to answer your question, I think he will listen to all input, solicited or not, and then decide on his well-published criteria of putting America and Americans First!

        I would not want to be on either the Mexican nor the Canadian side of this negotiation because Trump has already altered course to include negotiation instead of outright exit from NAFTA. Surprising, and against his promise to his supporters.

        To me, I think Trump will extract concessions from both the Mexicans and the Canadians, in order to make the trade agreement more palatable to American workers.

        No matter the decision, I believe Trump will prevail.

        • 0 avatar
          zipster

          High Trump:

          In my now considerable years, I have never observed a citizen of this country demonstrate fealty to an elected official to the degree that you have so often done on this site. One would have to go back to the “Dear Leader,” Mao to find a parallel.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            zipster, I’m impressed with what Trump has done in just 100 days.

            I’m past 70 yrs of age and this is the first guy who rang my political bell, and impressed me all to hell.

            I didn’t vote for the guy, but if he keeps his promises to the people who got him elected to office, I will vote for him in 2020.

            I started life as a ‘crat from a two-union household. Became a Republican when I joined the Air Force, and 20 years later, I became a registered Independent, after my retirement from the Air Force.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “zipster, I’m impressed with what Trump has done in just 100 days.”

            which has been… what, exactly?

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            JimZ, do a little research yourself, not watch the Fake News Media that doesn’t report anything other than negativity.

            If nothing else, this guy has given a voice to all the forgotten Americans who voted for him, and given them hope again.

            But it is dubious that Trump will have a successful presidency because he is battling the GOP, the ‘crats and the Fake News Media, all at the same time.

            Regardless, Justice Neil Gorsuch was a biggie, and a promise that really needed to be kept.

            But the repeal&replace is a bust because it won’t be a repeal at all, just an amendment.

            And tax reform is also a bust because no one in Congress on either side will want to change that status quo.

            Even so, I think that this guy will have a huge impact on the US and global auto industry, and the enforcement of the existing laws already on the books.

            And this is only the first 102 days. There are still 1359 days left in this term. I hope he puts them to good use.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “do a little research yourself”

            f**k you. you make a claim, *you* back it up, a**hole. don’t order me to go looking for evidence to support your argument.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            “f**k you. you make a claim, *you* back it up, a**hole. don’t order me to go looking for evidence to support your argument.”

            JimZ, you sound like a typical leftie-libby. Your mind is blown, bud. Having to resort to obscenities for the enjoyment of others to read.

            Must really bug you to have this rich guy from Manhattan at the controls.

            Buckle up, dude, ’cause I think we’re all in for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, if the last 102 days are any indication.

            Stay tuned. What the guy has done so far has endeared him to many Americans, even some who did not vote for him.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            @JimZ: Don’t be vulgar; it doesn’t endear you to anyone.

            @HDC: I wouldn’t have put it so rudely, but yes, Jim is correct that the burden of proof is on you to back up your claim, not to tell him to “do the research.” And there’s no need for personal attacks.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            You actually had a really good point and then snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with the personal attack.

            INSERT COIN TO CONTINUE.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Drzhivago138, you’re a sage.

            Everything I wrote was based on public knowledge, readily available on the nightly NBC/ABC/CBS network news, PBS, NBR, CNBC, BBC, DW, and even the Fake News Media like CNN and MSNBC, which all begrudgingly report the EOs and Legislation signed for the day.

            Some time ago, one of the B&B wrote that he wished that Trump would stick it to ‘crats and the greenweenies but good, and I replied that I thought he was too harsh in his thoughts.

            I’ve changed my mind. I think he was right. That’s the only way to get their undivided attention.

            So, I hope that the “renegotiation” of NAFTA and other issues will benefit America and Americans First.

            America First, Americans First: those are great concepts! Yet Congress is fighting this guy tooth and nail.

            Even Michelle Obama’s School Lunch program has bit the dust and school kids will finally get to eat things they like, instead of dumping their school lunches in the trash and going hungry, until their parents can take them to McDonald’s after school.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            highdesertcat – what exactly has #emptypotus done in his first 100 days?

            I’d like an itemized list?

            I’ll give you a little hint as to what he said he’d do:

            “What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington”

            He has already f^cked up honestly to the point it is close to unrecognizable.

            Accountability?

            Please list examples.

            Change Washington?

            Please list examples.

            How is that contract with the American voter?

            All that fake news.

            That inauguration crowd was HUGE, BIGGEST EVER.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “what exactly has #emptypotus done in his first 100 days?”

            Most of the people I know that voted for Trump did it for two major reasons:

            1. They HATED Clinton with every fiber of their existence.
            2. They wanted Trump to troll the press and cause meltdowns (or fear if I’m being less charitable) to the left-leaning population.

            So on those two, mission accomplished.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            ajla, my wife, a Hilary Democrat who stood with Hil because they were better together, suggested this link:

            http://www.whitehouse.gov

            Never even occurred to me.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @ajla – “Most of the people I know that voted for Trump did it for two major reasons:”

            That like shooting yourself in the face because you don’t like a wart on your nose.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “Dear Leader” was Kim Jong-il.

        • 0 avatar
          FormerFF

          @HDC, thanks for the reply. I’m sorry that some of us found it necessary to become insulting and abusive in their replies.

          My best guess is that Mr. Trump is going to come down on the side of the wealthy and well connected, and for the most part will deliver only talk to the needs of the average wage earner. That he has stocked his government with so many of ultrawealthy, and the contents of his tax plan outline are two reasons why I think that is so.

          Time will tell which of us is correct. I hope it is you, but I fear it will be me.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “America First” as defined by a narcissistic empty husk of a man and all of the billionaires he has appointed.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            FormerFF,

            Like I said, I didn’t vote for the guy, but I recognize that elections have consequences.

            Like the last guy, Trump was duly and lawfully elected. Whether we love him or hate him, he’s going to be the guy in charge, for a long time. And maybe even longer if he gets re-elected.

            One thing for certain, his policies will shape the US and global auto industry for years to come, as in relaxed CAFE standards, bigger engines, greater use of our own natural resources like gasoline and diesel.

            BTW, I’m all for a huge tax increase on gasoline and diesel, because the price of oil is going lower as supplies increase.

            And the working people can get that gas tax hike back by Trump lowering the FICA contribution, for instance.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “emptypotus” has the cognitive capacity to retain just the last bit of information presented to him. He has zero knowledge, thoughts, beliefs or ideology of his own beyond his ego and bank account.

        He will throw his supporters under the bus if it serves his ego or interests. The repeal of “obamacare” is a prime example. He said he would not intervene in Syria but what did he do? China the currency manipulator? That was a flip flop. Some of his executive orders have cut services that benefit his supporters. He has flip flopped on NAFTA several times.

    • 0 avatar
      Eyeflyistheeye

      JimZ, you have a severe anger problem. I can’t stand people that burst an artery when they hear something they don’t like.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        He was way more angry than he needed to be, yes, but his point was valid. Burden of proof is on the claimant.

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          HDC is on it! To the uninformed or naysayers who are getting tired of the 24 hours news cycle, watch almost daily Sean Spicer try to explain to the the press what the WH is doing.

          • 0 avatar
            30-mile fetch

            That’s like watching someone explain how their Chinese-built Envision and Korean-built Encores are making America great again.

        • 0 avatar
          ToddAtlasF1

          https://www.whitehouse.gov/100-days

          This list fulfills any burden of proof. It’s a lot better than anything the entrenched statists have for their claims that his election would tank the market. No more QE or ZIRP, and yet here we are closing on a Dow of 21K?? Sorry, but still believing the anti-democracy crowd is officially a character flaw at this point.

  • avatar
    RHD

    “President Trump has maintained a hardline stance — stating he will negotiate a better deal (or pull out if he can’t).”

    There’s a joke about a lady of the evening in here somewhere, but out of an abundance of discretion, we’ll not go there.

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    NAFTA’s country-of-origin rules are tolerable for a large company that can afford a staff of trade specialists supported by engineers. For a small company, their complexity and the documentation requirements are a PITA. Simplifying the rules should be a goal of a renegotiated NAFTA. The ideal would be complete duty-free movement within the three NAFTA countries. If an item came from outside, duty would be paid once, to the importing country, and never again.

  • avatar
    zip89123

    Hinrichs, Fields, and all the Ford’s should concentrate on building higher quality vehicles. Signed, a Ford owner!

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    Trump is a man-baby with matching ideas and tantrums. The guy uses Twitter to disseminate policy, FFS. ‘North Korea missiles! BAD!’. What in Hell does that mean? Further to the poster who stated that Tump is a businessman – an L.S.E. professor, I think it was, calculated that had Trump invested his initial money in the S&P 500 and taken up a career of finger-painting he’d now be worth $8B instead of $5B. Not much of a ‘businessman’ in my view. He’s more of an idiot in search of a village – and the voters found him one.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    ‘Even Michelle Obama’s School Lunch program has bit the dust and school kids will finally get to eat things they like, instead of dumping their school lunches in the trash and going hungry, until their parents can take them to McDonald’s after school.’

    You think that’s a good thing?!? No one should ever eat McDonald’s ‘food’.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      You misread the comment. But HDC presents a false dichotomy: There’s a third choice besides “eat what you like” and “dump it.”

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        Drzhivago138, I ate at the school cafeteria with my twin elementary school age grandkids, and the food was not palatable for kid or grandparent.

        There were some indiscernible veggies, some sliced mystery fruit, a slice of turkey, whole wheat bread, and some whole wheat pasta. And the milk was skim (1%). I thought it was nasty, but I ate it.

        The taste was saltless, no pepper, no spice. Bland was an understatement.

        We feasted after school on a WalMart Big Sandwich, at home.

        (The Thanksgiving Dinner was no better, with fruit as a dessert instead of pie.)

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          Skim is not 1%. This is the son of a dairyman talking. That 1% is very noticeable.

          Was there any proof that the quality of the food had been affected in any way by the program? I returned to my HS several years after I graduated and nothing had changed.

          Furthermore, we must consider the situation that led to the First Lady championing this measure in the first place. What kids want to eat and what kids should be eating are sometimes two different things, and the intention of the program was to remove that difference. What solution would you propose, besides maintaining the status quo?

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            When our own kids were of that age, my wife was the manager in that Elementary School Kitchen, and I often helped wash the dishes, because they were understaffed. So I got to eat there on the days I helped.

            It was GREAT food, and kids would often come back and ask for seconds (as long as it lasted.)

            Back then they used to serve Corn Dogs, Salisbury Steak, Lasagna, Spaghetti, Hamburgers, a whole array of normal food.

            Things have changed.

            The milk was marked 1%. It looked pretty thin to me. It tasted worse.

            I would suggest feeding kids what they like to eat. At our High School they have vendors that provide everything from Pizza to Hamburgers, to Salads, Fried Chicken, whatever. A whole array of choices.

            And still, some of those High Schoolers go off-campus for lunch to McDonald’s, Burger King and the like.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            “It was GREAT food.”

            Great tasting, or great nutritionally? I mean, there doesn’t have to be a difference, but too often there is. And is it ethical to allow young children, whose minds aren’t fully developed, to make food choices based on what tastes good vs. what’s good for them? If I ate only what I had wanted to eat as a kid, I’d be a 250-lb. diabetic with hypertension and fillings in all my molars.

            As for the milk, I hope I’m not making an unfair assumption when I say you were probably brought up on whole. Anything will taste like skim in comparison to that rich goodness, which is why I don’t drink it regularly. Plus, even with my job(s), I don’t move enough to need the extra calories.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            “Great tasting, or great nutritionally? ”

            It tasted great, and it was normal food, like what most people ate at home.

            Pleasant to look at.

            The kids loved it. The parents and the teachers who ate there also loved it. Most of all, I loved it.

            I was raised on whole milk, but these days the only milk I drink is in my McDonald’s Hot Caramel Latte, alongside my two sausage biscuits with egg, or my Big Breakfast with pancakes, depending on what I feel like having that day.

            Extra calories. Prior to my promotion from the working class to the leisure class, I used to burn a lot of calories doing physical construction labor. No more.

            I’ve gained 50 pounds since Jan 1, 2016. Yup, had to get a whole new wardrobe.

            What used to be my chest is now my gut.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “It was GREAT food, and kids would often come back and ask for seconds (as long as it lasted.)

            Back then they used to serve Corn Dogs, Salisbury Steak, Lasagna, Spaghetti, Hamburgers, a whole array of normal food.”

            that is *garbage* food. nothing but carbs and fat. no wonder we’re all enormous.

            “I’ve gained 50 pounds since Jan 1, 2016. Yup, had to get a whole new wardrobe.

            What used to be my chest is now my gut.”

            that you seem to take pride in this speaks volumes.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      “You think that’s a good thing?!? No one should ever eat McDonald’s ‘food’.”

      To each their own.

      In MY area, school kids who skip school lunch end up going to McDonald’s after school, or Burger King, or Arby’s, or Carl’s Jr, or Wendy’s, or whatever. Sometimes five days a week.

      We (my wife and I) eat out twice a day, just about every day, along with hundred’s of other “regulars” we see for breakfast and lunch, making the rounds.

      Been doing this since I chose to be self-employed in 1985, and she started working fulltime after she got her college degree in 1985.

      It has its benefits, and it doesn’t have to cost much either. Just eat the cheapest thing there that appeals.

      Everything in moderation.

      Beats shopping, prepping, cooking, eating, and then having to clean up afterwards. An hour of cooking, ten minutes to eat it, and a half hour to clean up and do pots, pans and dishes.

      Can’t get away from big family fiestas though, but at least everyone pitches in.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I contend at least part of the reason we have not reached the stage of a Malthusian catastrophe is because frankenfood, such as modern “fast food”, was developed.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          Soylent Green.

          • 0 avatar
            zipster

            High Trump:

            The obvious description of you is “sychophant.” However, with the information you have provided regarding your age, it might be more appropriate to suggest that your problem is related to the aging process. I suspect that even your fellow Trumpsters have grown weary of your froth.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            LOL! Whatever, dude.

            Just keep in mind this guy you so despise will be in charge and living large at taxpayer expense for at least the next four years, because that is what the voters wanted.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @zipster – “sychophant”

            As they say, the difference between a brown-noser and a sh!thead is depth perception.

            The emptypotus and his followers are obviously in over their heads ;)

      • 0 avatar
        Tele Vision

        *Beats shopping, prepping, cooking, eating, and then having to clean up afterwards. An hour of cooking, ten minutes to eat it, and a half hour to clean up and do pots, pans and dishes.*

        It beats eating healthily, too. Cooking is fun and engaging, as is shopping for ingredients for the meal that’s to be made. Sitting in a Denny’s, waiting for your 6500 calories – each! – to be delivered without any effort by yourselves is wilful disregard of your wellbeing. And makes you very fat and useless.

        /truth

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          When I was still working, I burned a lot of calories.

          Since I quit working on Jan 1, 2016, I’ve gained 50 pounds.

          At my age you don’t worry about wellbeing.

          You’re just grateful to wake up breathing every morning.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            What’s the point of living long if it’s not living well?

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            LOL, HDC…from my perspective, as a 53 year old former fat guy, they’re gonna have to drag my (far skinnier) a** from this lovely Earth kicking and screaming.

            Seriously, keep the weight under control. Just friendly advice.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Drz and FreedMike, Thanks for your concern, and I’m still doing very well, thank you.

            The long 13-hour drive-stretches on some of our trips do cause some stiffness but it is amazing what one 325mg Ecotrin can do to thin the blood and loosen the joints.

            The Carl’sJr Western BBQ cheese burger with Onion rings gives a whole day’s caloric intake needs in one sitting.

            That, and the interior/seats of the Sequoia are really world-class comfortable.

            I have actually fallen asleep in the passenger seat while my wife was driving, after I entered into a food coma.

            The weight gain was not so much from food as it was from the beer-drinking binges at the get-togethers and fishing expeditions.

            You get a bunch of close-knit guys together on a fishing boat and you’ll have to buy beer by the kegs. That, and hot dogs, sliders, chips and guacamole dip.

            I never ate much aboard because I didn’t want to puke over the railing like some of the guys did with their bulimic fits of feeding and purging while on the sea.

            Peeing and taking a dump while hanging over the railing was enough action for me.

            —————–

            FreedMike, a friend of my from USAF days, just got on that NutriSystem diet for men, and he has already lost 22 pounds in six weeks, without doing anything except feeding himself with those tiny meals and drinking 64oz of clear water every day.

      • 0 avatar
        Ubermensch

        I gained 50lbs and got the diabeetus! Take that librul cucks!

    • 0 avatar
      Sceptic

      ‘Tele Vision: You think that’s a good thing?!? No one should ever eat McDonald’s ‘food’.’

      Has this site degenerated into the Truth About Food?
      Also, seems like some commenters are unable to control themselves spewing profanities, spreading lies.

      On the topic, I think Trumps’ move to renegotiate NAFTA is simply brilliant. The US is in a position to get an essentially free concessions for Can and Mex. Great for America.

  • avatar
    zipster

    High Trump:

    Less than four years from now, you will be too senile to know what happened.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Looks to me like you’re already there.

      I suspect there will be some changes made during the next four years, maybe eight, and I hope the carmakers will bring back more V8s.

      Those two 5.7L Tundra engines I own are already the best there is, but I would like to see them bored and stroked to 6.4L.

      Oh, damn! Orgasm!

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        ” maybe eight”

        Vegas odds have your idol not finishing his first term.

        Odds on a second term are 2-5.

        If Michael Flynn is any indication, I’m going with the bookie’s.

        549 key positions in the administration need Senate confirmation. How many has #emptypotus nominated for confirmation?

        I’m going with the bookie’s.

        #emptypotus said this about the USA constitution, ““It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

        I’m going with the bookie’s.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    To make the US competitive in the global auto industry Trump needs to restructure all imposts that are making the US auto industry less competitive rather than tugging at the populist “bringing the jobs back to America” theme.

    US vehicles are not competitive overall in the global market.

    Blaming Mexico or even the Canadians is incredibly niave.

    I can’t believe Trump’s bullsh!t stance on dairy. The US dairy industry is like it comes from Cuba. The dairy farmers are heavily subsidised. Reduce the number of farmers rather than the welfare dairy industry you guys have.

    The US auto industry is already subsidised over $3000 a vehicle! And the cost will rise even more with any changes that Trump makes to NAFTA. Even a socialise Germany subsidises $1300 per vehicle.

  • avatar
    4drSedan

    Write to your representative and vote.

    They’re the only things that matter.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      And that was evident this last election, much to the chagrin of one political side.

      But who saw this coming? Not I.

      So now that it is here, we better buckle our seat belts because we’re on Mr Toad’s Wild Ride!

      I’m hoping for more and bigger V8s in the US cars. Hellcat was ahead of its time.

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