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Ford Sedans: Only Ford Mustang And Focus Will Be Sold in the Us by 2020

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2018 Ford mustang v8 gt
2018 Ford mustang v8 gt

This is likely going to be the end of Ford Sedans like C-Max, Taurus, Fiesta and Fusion. According to the company’s impressive first quarter report for 2018, only Ford Mustang and Focus are in their plan for the US market after 2020.

According the report made available  Here.

The company reported 7 percent increased revenue, year over year for the quarter, with a $1.7 billion net income, a 9 percent increase. The company attributed its growth to what it calls “fitness initiative”.

Ford Focus Sedan-2019
Back view of the Ford Focus Sedan-2019
Ford Focus Sedan-2019
Front view of the Ford Focus Sedan-2019

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The Company’s president and CEO Jim Hackett was on hand to explain how their fitness initiatives work and how it ties in with the future of the Ford Motor Company.

“We are committed to taking the appropriate actions to drive profitable growth and maximize the returns of our business over the long term,” Hackett said. “Where we can raise the returns of underperforming parts of our business by making them more fit, we will. If appropriate returns are not on the horizon, we will shift that capital to where we can play and win”.

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  1. According to a report by DigitalTrends, Hackett has laid out Ford’s strategic framework for the future with four major initiatives that relate to fitness:
  • Building a winning portfolio (this is where the model cuts happen):

    Ford only wants to focus on products and markets where the company can win. By 2020, nearly 90 percent of Ford’s North American lineup will be trucks, utilities, and commercial vehicles.”Given declining consumer demand and product profitability, the company will not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America. Over the next few years, the Ford car portfolio in North America will transition to two vehicles — the best-selling Mustang and the all-new Focus Active crossover coming out next year.” So, that means goodbye to the Ford FiestaFusionC-Max, and Taurus lines. The last Focus standing will be a crossover. The Mustang will stay for a long list of reasons beyond just sales numbers and profits.Notethat when Hackett refers to “utilities,” he means SUVs and CUVs (crossover utility vehicles). Many people lump both vehicle types together as SUVs, but there is a difference.

  • Making a full commitment to new propulsion choices:

    Ford will add hybrid-electric powertrains to the high-volume profitable models such as the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and the not-yet-seen Bronco expected in 2020 or 2021. Hackett said Ford’s first battery electric vehicles (meaning not hybrid) will show up in a performance utility vehicle and 16 Ford battery-electric vehicles will be in the 2022 vehicle lineup.

  • A viable and profitable autonomous technology business: 

    No specific models, years or numbers here, but Ford plans on “offering the most trusted and human-centered ride-hailing and goods delivery experience.”

  • Creating and scaling a mobility platform and experience:  Ford wants to be your Transportation Mobility Cloud of choice and to be “an orchestrator of all digital connections from vehicle to street to business to home.” So, failing any hard facts, models, or numbers for the last two initiatives, what Ford knows for sure, or chose to include in this quarterly financial release are the first two points. Trucks and SUVs win, and cars lose except the popular (and profitable) Mustang and the Focus Action which because it’s a crossover most people will call it an SUV anyway. The most popular Fords will have hybrid-electric versions, focus on adding torque, extra horsepower, or economy, depending on the model. Oh, and there will be a lot of Ford battery-powered vehicles running around without drivers, picking up and dropping off riders and goods.

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