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    Report: Ford Fusion Redesign Canceled

    Source: AutoVerdict
    January 4, 2018
    by Nick Saporito


    Ford Motor Company has allegedly canceled plans to redesign the Ford Fusion sedan. The cancellation of the program is launching new speculation regarding the sedan's future in North America.*

    In a note sent to suppliers in November, Ford informed its partners that it has canceled CD542N, the program code used internally to identify the next-generation Fusion. The confidential note was obtained by*The Detroit News, who also corroborated its content with other sources.*

    This news comes just a few weeks after reports surfaced that plans to produce the next Ford Fusion in North America have been nixed. Now that both production and program are dead, it casts significant doubt on rather or not the Fusion nameplate will remain in the Ford lineup much longer in North America. Plans for a redesigned Fusion for the Chinese market remain unchanged.**

    Sources have told*The Detroit News*that the Fusion has a place in the Ford lineup for the next three years or so.*

    It is worth noting that canceling the redesign program does not automatically mean the car is dead. It certainly means Ford CEO Jim Hackett is rethinking Ford's portfolio strategy and may or may not have a place for the Fusion nameplate in the future. Hackett has made public comments recently suggesting consumers prefer a larger vehicle than the Fusion, but did not offer details of his thinking.*

    Given that Fusion sales are down over 20 percent in 2017 as consumers flock to crossovers and SUVs, it comes as little surprise that the automaker is apparently evaluating the future of its top-selling sedan.*





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    According to Good Car Bad Car, the Fusion has sold over 200,000 units in calendar year 2017. That's a lot of volume to just walk away from. That said, it was just over 300,000 cars in 2015, so I imagine if Ford feels like these trends are long-term, they don't see 200,000 units going forward -- they see far less.

    The mid-sized car market is starting to look like the minivan market. Once volume growth levelled out, there was only room for the sales leaders (Toyota, Honda and Chysler) who all continued to do good business. But, nearly everyone else walked away. I suspect that the mid-sized car market might be a Camry/Accord + a few others in not too many years.

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    Such a shame. The Fusion is a great midsize car too.

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    I still find this very hard to believe.

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    I predict they are merging Fusion and Taurus by splitting the 2 sizes with a tweener and giving it a new name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adk024 View Post
    I predict they are merging Fusion and Taurus by splitting the 2 sizes with a tweener and giving it a new name.
    That makes sense given reports that the Focus is getting a bit bigger as well.

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    Weird thing about this is that you would think the MkZ would be canceled along with it. But we didn't hear that....

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    I've been thinking/hoping Lincoln would start to separate from Ford models:
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    MKC(smaller than/)from plus-sized ng.Escape
    - then a Macan-fighter betwn it & the nautiluX
    - Z goes to cD6/Rwd (gets a Name), Fusion goes to stretched Focus &
    - all remaining Ford 'cars' go 'Active' style-wise
    Last edited by 2b2; 01-06-2018 at 04:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arutherford View Post
    Weird thing about this is that you would think the MkZ would be canceled along with it. But we didn't hear that....
    MKZ replacement and Continental are supposed to go to the CD6 platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_L View Post
    MKZ replacement and Continental are supposed to go to the CD6 platform.
    True, that could mean it will switch to Flat Rock.

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