Here’s When Ford Will Cease Production Of Its U.S. Lineup Of Cars

A few days ago, Ford made headlines with its decision to kill everything besides SUVs and crossovers in America. Thanks to a tweet, we now know when this will take place.

While Ford claimed that it would phase out the Fusion, Fiesta, Focus, and Taurus, it didn’t provide a timeline for when these cars would be killed. Michael Martinez, a reporter for Automotive News, took to Twitter to provide a schedule.

The tweet, which you can see immediately above, claims that production of the aforementioned cars will stop by May 2019. The Focus will be the first vehicle to get the axe, as the compact hatch will officially be killed by May 2018. The Taurus will reach the chopping block by March 2019 and the Fiesta will stick around until May 2019.

Martinez’s schedule didn’t provide a schedule for the Fusion, as that vehicle, according to him, will be around for a few more years. While the Focus will go out of production later this summer, the automaker will import the Focus Active from China in the middle of 2019. That vehicle, though, can be classified as a tall, rugged hatchback or a compact crossover.

According to Jalopnik, a Ford spokesperson told the outlet that the dates were accurate.

Ford’s decision to stop production of said vehicles was surprising, but the automaker’s timeline is even more shocking. A few days ago, The New York Times reported that Ford was losing money on all of its small cars and sedans. So while we may not really agree with what the automaker’s doing, it does make sense. We, though, didn’t expect Ford to implement the changes so quickly.

The decision is already sitting well with investors. Auto News’ Nick Bunley took to Twitter to reveal that the automaker’s stock rose by 2 percent after its announcement.

So, if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Fiesta ST or a Focus RS, now would be a good time to act.

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  • Bo Hanan

    That turbo-6 Fusion SE with AWD will be a classic.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Yeah, I like that model.

    • G82FS

      Sure, if you can find one that has not blown an engine, PTU or does not have countless electronic/computer bugs… That will be a rare car indeed!

      • Bo Hanan

        Are they bad cars?

        • G82FS

          Mine was, blew the engine at 8,700 miles and again about 1,200 miles later. I know of at least 5 others that went through at least one engine. PTU seals and units have been going left and right. The electronic bugs range from dead batteries to the SYNC 3 system locking up or the windows not staying rolled up. SO many issues…

          • Bo Hanan

            Thanks for the heads up. Just crossed off the list.

  • LWOAP

    Well at least Ford is keeping the Fusion around for a bit longer. That’s the only good thing I can say.

  • Karter Harmon-Wilkening

    I don’t buy or need trucks or SUVs. Going forward, Ford is dead to me.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      well the mustang is still at large

  • LJ

    So what? When the market demands they come back, Ford sedans will be back.

    • Kyle Newberry

      I think with the efficiency of suv far higher with turbo motors there will very little demand even with $4 a gallon.

      • LWOAP

        I don’t think so. More weight equals more mass and more energy required to move it. Even with the most efficient engines, SUVs and Crossovers won’t be more efficient than compact cars and sedans due to the simple fact that they’re usually heavier.

        • Kyle Newberry

          While that is true, I think the big difference is when we look at the past. It used to be big V8 and V6. However, now there is a far narrower gap in fuel economy between the SUV and Cars. For instance the new Rav4 has 26.5 combined, the new Camry v6 has 26 combined, the i4 has 32 or 34 combined. That’s not a huge tradeoff.

  • Matt Johnson

    Shoot yourself in the foot(not literally).

  • Justin Spencer

    I’m no fan of Ford cars by any means but it seems like a no brainer they Ford’s cars would be suffering from lagging sales. The Fiesta and Focus have been around since 2011…their wickedly old! Both should’ve seen new generations in 2016. Incorporating all-Wheel drive into the Focus wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Look at Subaru! I’m surprised that Ford will be abandoning cars altogether here. I see plenty of them driving around!

  • Tom

    …. Ford …. a confused staggering giant?

  • Harry Nimmergut

    Share price only rose TWO percent? I’d have thought 20%. That means the decision is basically meaningless to investors. 2% is certainly not enough to keep Hackett around. And around he won’t be, by the time these deadlines arrive. So, put little to no faith in the timeline. Remember, Hackett’s predecessor was fired due to stagnant share price.
    Remember, this is the company that spent millions and millions to develop the current $450K Ford GT, when those resources certainly could have been better spent elsewhere, because Billy Ford wanted one. If I was a stockholder back then, I’d have screamed bloody murder.
    So, at Ford, ANYTHING can happen in the blink of an eye.

  • Paul

    At some point this will bite them in the butt and they will need more cars with their SUV’s.

  • Kyle Newberry

    Why not still import the sporty models at least? Keep importing the ST/RS Fiesta and Focus, and maybe a base version of each, so you don’t have to have a crazy amount of options to bring in.

    • FactChecker90803

      Why would I buy an Imported Chinese Made Ford Sedan, when I can buy a Chevy Cruz, Malibu, Toyota Camry, Corolla, Honda Civic, Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Crosstrek or a Volkswagen Passat and all Made in the USA.

      • Kyle Newberry

        I mean I think you are in the very small minority of caring where the car is made. That’s the beauty of pure capitalism, make a better product, people usually will buy it. Personally, the US manufacturers are so far behind the rest of the world. Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota, Honda, are lightyears beyond what Ford and dodge are doing.

  • U8INIT

    I fundamentally agree with their decision. Sedans are not practical at all?

    • S3XY

      Ya nothing practical about 4 empty seats, a large vacuous rear trunk and a front trunk being schlepped around.

  • d’Aforde

    Toyota is investing $170 million dollars in the plant that will make the new Corolla. It has a new Camry and Avalon and a new Corolla and RAV4 are on the way. Compare this to Ford refusing to update the Fusion, Focus, and other cars for years. Compare this to Ford’s decision to throw in the towel instead of making their cars better. If Hyundai had followed the same train of thought when owning a Hyundai was a joke, we wouldn’t have the Genesis brand today.

  • f1300

    Now, while Ford published ist decision on the US-market, Europe is awaiting orders from oversees. Because Ford Europe heavily depends on those models which were cut out, leaving the Kuga, Edge and Mustang, maybe the Ecosport. Some (higher positioned) intern just told me that Ford EU will close at least one productionplant while he didn’t deny on phasing out the models named in the article. Let’s wait and… see.

  • Enter Ranting

    JP Morgan analyst says plan “is just the sort of bold and decisive action we believe investors have been waiting for.”

    Investors are clueless. In two years, Ford will announce a return to building sedans for the North American market.

    • FactChecker90803

      American Financial Institutions only look at the Next 1/4 and have no Long Term Vision, thats why I have invested in Toyota and Honda as a long term retirement investment. I am an American, and sadly I see that our Financial institutions are back to the same ways that gave us the 2008-2009 great recession.

  • Ron

    Dumbest thing Ive seen from Ford since they did this the last time.

  • TheBelltower

    Is the Ford deathwatch starting now?

  • Harry_Wild

    Focus RS still has MAP on it but with a $6,500 incentive from Ford. Still to expensive at $60K!, with a $20K MAP!

  • Kyle Newberry

    I think that has very little to do with anyone under 45. People buy Toyota because of their “reliability” same with Honda. Only problem is not seeing when the big guys are doing a poor job at times. Toyota is using an ancient underpower v6. Honda has started turning it around. Yet I still think Mazda is doing the best things out of any auto maker. They solved the Homogenous compression when no one else could.

    • FactChecker90803

      The 3.5-Liter 2GR-FSE V6 engine, is neither ancient nor underpowered, 301HP is above average, its not a sports car, but a sporty Family Sedan.

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