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Rumor: Ford Fusion going away


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#1 OFFLINE   djc

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:46 PM

Leaving in 2020 either to China, or completely away:

 

https://jalopnik.com...hina-1821265164

 

From what I have read, in 2020 Ford will have the mysterious E as well as hybrid versions of several existing vehicles including likely the Escape and several bigger vehicles.  New Ford CEO Hackett seems to be cost-cutting and axing low profit and low volume lines.   An hour's labor building an F150 is worth much more than the same hour building a Focus or C-max.    As a result, Ford appears to be pulling back from the very competitive and low profit small car business.  This may even include mid-sized sedans like the Fusion hybrid, and that would apparently spell the end of the hybrid drive-train shared by Fusion and C-max.

 

 









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#2 OFFLINE   SnowStorm

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 07:04 PM

Whatever they are called and wherever they are made, future models need to be designed "ground up" as EVs / PHEVs with batteries under the floor where they belong.  That reason alone means the C-Max and Fusion (as now designed) will go away.  But I sure hope the replacements (Model E variants?) are made here.


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#3 OFFLINE   djc

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:52 PM

Ground up design of new hybrids should allow battery to be under car, as with Tesla.  That would be a considerable advantage.  Otherwise the Fusion/C-max hybrid drivetrain fits under the hood pretty well.


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#4 OFFLINE   djc

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:18 PM

Motor Trend also has a story on cloudy future of Fusion.  Says Fusion will cease production in NA and Europe, but Ford denies they will import Fusion from China. Fusion sales down 22% this year.

 

http://www.motortren...-north-america/



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:40 PM

Motor Trend also has a story on cloudy future of Fusion.  Says Fusion will cease production in NA and Europe, but Ford denies they will import Fusion from China. Fusion sales down 22% this year.

 

http://www.motortren...-north-america/

 

Maybe they'll import the Mondeo instead. For those not aware, the Fusion is sold in much of the world as the Mondeo. By bringing it in as a "new model," particularly if done the same year as a major refresh, they can keep their "promise" to not import the Fusion. I could see it happening, both to improve the optics of moving production to China, as well as hoping the new name (making people think it is actually a new model) will help drive more sales.








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