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Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 25, 2018 05:46PM
Ford today announced it will phase out most cars it sells in North America. According to its latest financial release, the auto giant will "will transition to two vehicles" being the Mustang and an unannounced vehicle, the Focus Active, as the only traditional cars it sells in the region.

Ford currently sells six sedans and coupes in North America - the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang and Taurus. Only the Mustang will be retained from that lineup. It is also believed that Lincoln will be phased out.

Ford will still maintain it's truck lineup which make up 90% of the company's North American sales.


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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 25, 2018 05:56PM
.....so it won't Ford......every......stream......



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 25, 2018 06:06PM
Almost seems like an April Fools release. The first two of my car news bookmarks didn't have it but the next two did. Maybe it's because the economy standards for 2025 and later were relaxed, the new diesel F-150 will hit 30 mpg freeway.



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: steve...
Date: April 25, 2018 06:08PM
The times they are a-changin’.

By 2020, Ford also aims to have high-performance SUVs in market, including five with hybrid powertrains and one fully battery-electric model.

With this big hybrid push on the SUV side, Ford expects to go from second to first-place in the U.S. hybrid vehicles market by sales, surpassing current leader Toyota by 2021, thanks also to the forthcoming hybrid Mustang and F-150.





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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Buck
Date: April 25, 2018 06:09PM
SUVs are taking over. Want one myself.
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: billb
Date: April 25, 2018 06:15PM
... and then something in the economy will change and they'll be caught with their pants down, like *ahem* Chrysler *ahem* betting the fort on (large) minivans.

... but if you have cars sitting on lots not moving even with fire sales, whatcha gonna do



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: April 25, 2018 06:34PM
I would have thought that they might keep the Taurus in the lineup for Police duty, but I suppose that if a Ford Explorer is good enough for the CHP it should be OK for most Police Departments.



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Acer
Date: April 25, 2018 06:36PM
Police departments around here have been buying SUVs
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 25, 2018 06:42PM

we'll miss those classic Ford lines
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 25, 2018 07:43PM
Wonder if they will keep the police interceptor...



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Bernie
Date: April 25, 2018 07:49PM


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Ford sales of Police vehicles.




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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: rz
Date: April 25, 2018 08:17PM
After making the switch to an SUV almost 20 years ago, I can't see myself going back to a car/sedan. I drive a minivan now (Odyssey). Wife drives a Suburban. And we have an F-250 as well. Love the bigger bed on the F-250, but next time I'll probably get an F-150.
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 25, 2018 08:36PM




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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: vicrock
Date: April 25, 2018 08:54PM
As you age, getting down into a car loses its appeal - we have 2 SUVs and an Explorer SportTrac truck - all nice and high - easy in and out
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 25, 2018 09:08PM
The local PD, SO, and CHP all have a ton of Explorer/Interceptors. I've yet to see one Taurus/Interceptor, ever. I've seen a few Impala as police vehicles.

A fleet or service vehicle lineup is different from the consumer lineup mentioned in the article.




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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 25, 2018 09:27PM
The Crown Vic can't carry all the heavy weapons the modern peace officer hauls around, hence the SUV...
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: bfd
Date: April 25, 2018 11:57PM
Gotta be tankful that gasoline is still relatively cheap.

This is already changing…
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 26, 2018 05:32AM
The Crown Vic can't carry all the heavy weapons the modern peace officer hauls around, hence the SUV...

What Crown Vic. It hasn't been in production since around 2011. Vics in service have been run out long before now. Hence the SUV.

Heavy weapons, LOL. If only.




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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: April 26, 2018 06:14AM
Interesting. One of my old college roommates is a Ford dealer, I'll have to harass him about this.
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: April 26, 2018 08:09AM
Most cars that aren't trucks, will be the smaller suv's, Honda CRV, Toyota Rav 4, size.

They's smaller than a big truck, easier to get in and out of and haul 5 people easily.

I just got a CRV and like it a lot. 34 mpg combined, driving with a light foot.
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 26, 2018 08:48AM
CAFE ratings rolled back to the 1960’s ? Or course they will max profit.
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Billybob
Date: April 26, 2018 11:01AM
GM is sure to follow Ford's lead.

I bought a Chevy Impala in 2015 because I was sick of the mind-numbingly boring Toyota Prius. I'm happy with it--very comfortable, drives well, plenty of pep for my purposes--but few others are willing to buy one. It has the biggest trunk in the industry but only holds a fraction of what I can put into the back of a Rav-4. It looks like they have already phased it out; they just haven't stated it officially.

My wife has an SUV--a Sorento--, so I don't see a need for an SUV. They are so practical. I just don't like they way they handle.
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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 26, 2018 11:03AM
......if you watch 'Law & Order: SUV'......that is why most don't want an SUV.....



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 26, 2018 11:12AM
True story - I was reading this story on my iPhone, and the in-line ad was for a Ford that was being discontinued...

Seriously, Ford thinks car ownership in the US is going to be in the past. They made the transition to hybrids before all but Toyota.

Moving to electric vehicles is next, rapidly by autonomous vehicles.

Our next purchase is a plug-in hybrid SUV because we need one in the next year or so, and we are not quite ready to buy a Tesla Model 3



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: April 26, 2018 12:05PM
Looks like it's time to sell the F stock.



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 26, 2018 12:14PM
....what the....F.......???



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: April 26, 2018 12:54PM
We're down to our 2002 Tahoe Z71 and 2018 Toyota Corolla iM hatchback. I prefer our car over the SUV. The iM is averaging 35 mpg too.



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 26, 2018 03:36PM
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GM is sure to follow Ford's lead.

I bought a Chevy Impala in 2015 because I was sick of the mind-numbingly boring Toyota Prius.

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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: April 26, 2018 09:10PM
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... and then something in the economy will change and they'll be caught with their pants down, like *ahem* Chrysler *ahem* betting the fort on (large) minivans.

Yep, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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... but if you have cars sitting on lots not moving even with fire sales, whatcha gonna do
Short-term, you're up cookie creek (barring any sudden changes in the economy in which case, as in 2008, smaller cars will suddenly sell like hotcakes and larger, high-margin pickups and SUVs will gather dust on dealer lots). Long-term, better styling would help a lot beginning with stronger differentiation between individual model lines. I'm a car guy and I have to really look to tell the difference between a Taurus and a Fusion and to a lesser extent between a Focus and a Fiesta.

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SUVs are taking over. Want one myself.

Watch an hour or so of the YouTube dash cam car crash videos to see how quickly and easily SUVs, particularly the smaller ones, roll over in relatively minor accidents before buying one. The various "World's Worst Drivers…" series of videos are compilations that skip the minor scrapes and fender-benders and only show the serious accidents.



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Re: Ford dropping all but 2 cars in North America
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 27, 2018 02:53PM
The question is how many variants of the as yet non-existent "Focus Active" will they have? I could see them even making different sizes of the Focus Active (their non-sports-car car).



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