Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ford to close its Japan operations by the end of 2016

Despite launching the current-generation Ford Mustang in 2015--and making it available to right-hand-drive markets for the first time--and despite the impending availability of the all-new Ford GT later this year, Ford has announced that it is abandoning its operations in Japan "in the second half of this year."

Ford Japan Limited President Toshio Morita said in a statement though that it will continue to provide after-sales service and honor the warranties of its current Ford and Lincoln customers.

The Japanese public has always been fiercely loyal to its domestic car manufacturers so Ford always knew it was going to be an uphill battle. Sadly for Ford, the only foreign car brands that had some measure of success in Japan were the European ones.

Better luck next time, Ford. If there will be a next time...

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