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Ford Allegedly Ending North American Fusion Production

Ford Allegedly Ending North American Fusion Production

Ford Motor Company is allegedly nixing plans to produce the third-generation Ford Fusion sedan in North America. The news comes as the automaker is informing suppliers it has no plans to produce the car here, which is spurring speculation of the sedan’s possible death.

The report comes from Automotive News citing supplier and other unnamed sources. The sources state that during discussions between Ford and Fusion suppliers the automaker has mentioned it is no longer planning to produce the Fusion in Hermosillo, Mexico. Hermosillo is currently producing the Fusion.

Ford also publicly confirmed on Wednesday that it is not planning to import the next-generation Fusion from China. The confirmation came after a Reuters report suggested the company would consolidate Fusion and Mondeo production to China.

“We have no plans to export the next-generation Fusion/Mondeo from China to North America and Europe,” Ford said in an emailed statement to Reuters. 

Ford has already confirmed plans to consolidate Focus production to China for the next generation. The plan reverses a previous decision to produce the next Focus at a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico. New Ford CEO Jim Hackett halted plans for the new plant and opted to shift production to China.

It is not yet clear what Ford plans to do with the Fusion sedan. Assuming today’s report is accurate that North American production will end, and there are no plans to export the car from China, it is possible the car is on death row. It is also possible it could be replaced by a new model of some kind.

The next-generation Fusion is due out in 2020 as a 2021 model.

Ford is on the record as stating that pruning some sedans from its lineup may be necessary going forward as the company feels consumer shifts to crossovers and SUVs are permanent. Will the Fusion be pruned from the lineup? It’s sounding like a real possibility.





 

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 One Comment

  1. Dec 13, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Everyone's sedan sales numbers are down, though. Hyundai, Nissan, and Chevy aren't walking away from the segment.

    Will the market sill be fixated on SUV/SUV's if gas prices rise?

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  1. 2b2
    in my opinion,

    Ford will HAVE TO bring out a(ny) number of ALL NEW vehicles

    which will take up factory room worldwide

    unfortunately, all we've got for WHAT they're going to build are guesses

    imho
    arutherford
    The latest word I heard was that Ford was going to end production in Spain of the Mondeo and export it to Europe from Mexico.

    That would allow Ford to expand production of the Kuga in Europe.
    Andrew_L
    Stealing from 2b2 at FIN

    Mike Levine says it's not true
    Tone
    I thought the Fusion still sold in the 150k-200k per year range. That’s a lot of volume to walk away from!
    nsaporito
    I'm not remarkably surprised by this. Fusion sales down 22% this year; that's a large figure.
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