Ford Phasing out Most Sedans by 2020

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ford plans to phase out most of its sedans by 2020 in favor of a North American portfolio comprised of 90% trucks, utilities, and commercial vehicles, the announced with its first quarter financial results.

Ford will transition its car portfolio to two vehicles, including the Mustang and new Focus Active — a crossover version of its Focus hatchback that will be built in China. Ford is phasing out current sedans including the Fiesta, Taurus, C-Max, and Fusion, which recently won the 2017 Fleet Car of the Year Award. The Fusion Hybrid would likely also be cut. The cuts will not affect Lincoln sedans.

The move would result in the discontinuation of Ford's Police Interceptor sedan, which is based on the Taurus, and possibly the Police Responder Hybrid sedan, which is based on the Fusion Hybrid.

The 2019 model year of the P.I. sedan will be its last, and Ford will announce final ordering dates at a future time, said Steve Tyler, Ford's police brand marketing manager.

Ford plans to offer the Responder Hybrid through the 2020 model year. Ford has also previously announced it will introduce a new gasoline-electric hybrid police vehicle this year.

In 2017, Ford sold about 31,000 police vehicles of which about 80% were Police Interceptor Utility vehicle.

Ford also plans to add electrified hybrid powertrains on its biggest nameplates, including the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and upcoming Bronco off-road SUV. Ford will introduce an electric performance utility in 2020, and plans to bring 16 battery-electric vehicles to market by 2022, Ford announced.

The automaker has also announced plans to include collision mitigating technology across its entire lineup by 2020, include its Super Duty trucks all the way up to the F-750.

Source: Automotive Fleet

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