Ford to build pickup trucks for Mazda

August 08, 1991

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN — TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. will build compact pickup trucks for Mazda beginning in 1993 at its Edison, N.J., assembly plant, Ford Chairman Harold Poling said yesterday.

Ford, which owns 25 percent of Mazda, will engineer the truck, which eventually will replace the truck Mazda has been exporting from Japan. Mazda will provide styling and technical assistance.

Ironically, Mazda's MPV minivan is the target of a dumping complaintbrought in May by the "Big Three" U.S. automakers.

The Commerce Department is investigating charges that minivans produced by Mazda and Toyota are priced lower in the United States than in Japan.

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