By Drew Johnson
Thursday, Jan 20th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
 
Although most vehicles built in the United States don't normally make it any farther than Canada, Ford has announced it is exploring a plan to export U.S.-made vehicles to China.

Ford signed an agreement to explore the possibility of exporting U.S.-made vehicles to China earlier on Thursday. "Ford Motor Company is evaluating opportunities to import vehicles to China from the U.S., subject to our business plan and to Chinese regulatory approvals governing vehicle imports," the automaker said in a statement.

Ford is a relative latecomer to the Chinese market, but is expanding its efforts through partnerships with Changan , Mazda and Jiangling. Ford is currently building a $300 million joint factory with Jiangling.

No word on what U.S.-built model or models Ford might export to China.

Appropriately, Ford partner Changan announced a new Michigan-based R&D center this week.

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