Ford To End U.S. Focus Production In May; Taurus, Fiesta In 2019

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Ford To End U.S. Focus Production In May; Taurus, Fiesta In 2019

The Fusion will stick around for a while.



Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of days, you have probably heard by now that Ford will kill off most of its cars in the United States to focus on trucks and SUVs. The Blue Oval will only keep the Mustang and will import a crossover-inspired Focus Active version based on the hatchback’s recently introduced fourth generation.

When Ford announced the drastic plan to dramatically reduce its car lineup, it did not disclose any information about when the cars will effectively be discontinued. Now, Automotive News’ Michael Martinez has managed to obtain the much-important dates, and these have already been confirmed by a spokesperson from Ford.

Without further ado, production of the Focus for the U.S. market will come to an end next month, while the final Taurus is going to be assembled at some point in March 2019. A couple of months later, in May, the Fiesta will be terminated as well. As for the Fusion, which has raised concerns about the fate of the Euro-spec Mondeo, it will stick around for a while. In a reply to a comment on Twitter, Michael Martinez said the next-gen model was supposed to go into production mid-2020 as a 2021MY, but plans to develop a new one were scrapped in December last year.

In regards to the Focus Active, pictured above, we now know that it will be imported from China beginning mid-2019, so it will likely be available in the United States as a 2020MY.

While the decision to entirely eliminate so many cars and reduce the Focus family to a single model is no doubt controversial, The New York Times has learned from Ford that the automaker is losing money on the Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta. The fact that people are buying more SUVs to the detriment of cars is not exactly news, so we won’t be too surprised if other automakers will go down the same road in the years to come.

Source: Michael Martinez / Twitter via Jalopnik

https://www.motor1.com/news/240487/ford-plan-axe-focus-fiesta-taurus/
 

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I'm surprised that the Focus is getting axed so quickly. I wonder when the new Focus Active will arrive. Not surprised to see the Fiesta and Taurus going away next year, they never set the sales charts on fire, although I do like the Taurus SHO for what it is.

The Fusion being "the last one left" doesn't surprise me, it still sells well and is a pretty good car overall.

As a driving enthusiast it sucks to see the ST and RS cars go away and all we get is this as a replacement



But I guess thats the way the market is heading. At least it makes a little more sense to me why they made an ST trim of the Edge now.
 

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