Ford Killing C-Max And Grand C-Max Minivans In Europe

With the minivan segment constantly losing ground to crossovers and SUVs, and stricter emission standards, Ford has decided to pull the plug on the C-Max and Grand C-Max.

The two compact MPVs are being put together are the Saarlouis factory in Germany, alongside the Focus, and the decision was already made public by Ford, reports AutoNews, which will shift their attention to where the real money is: crossovers and SUVs.

“We can confirm that we are entering into formal negotiations with our Works Council, with the objective of ending production of C-Max/Grand C-Max at Saarlouis”, said the automaker. “Keeping the vehicle compliant with all regulatory obligations would require a very high level of investment for this model.”

Saarlouis currently employs 6,190 workers, but 1,600 jobs are in danger, noted the news outlet, quoting German press reports. The Blue Oval is apparently looking to reduce the workforce at the plant by cutting one of the three production shifts.

“As we continue to match production to consumer demand, the consultation process also will include necessary adjustments to the workforce at Saarlouis”, added Ford.

Other models that could be on the chopping block are the S-Max and Galaxy, according to previous reports. At the same time, the subcompact B-Max, which used to be produced in Romania, has already been dropped.

However, discontinuing their entire batch of minivans won’t leave Ford without any replacements. Crossover replacements that is, as the company will introduce more of them over the next few years.

more photos...
LA Woman Got $4 Million Compensation After Sinkhole Swallowed Her Minivan

The 48-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury and sight issues as a result of the incident.

All-New Chevy Tahoe And Suburban To Debut Later This Month

The Suburban got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Chevy used the event to announce an all-new model is coming soon.

United Auto Workers Elect Rory Gamble As New President

Rory Gamble takes the role after the UAW struck successful deals with GM, Ford, and FCA were made.

Fiat Confirms Ending 124 Spider Production For Europe, U.S. Model To Continue For 2020MY

Instead of a mid-cycle refresh, as expected, the Fiat 124 Spider is getting the boot – in Europe.

BMW Teases New M4 GT3, Confirms Standard M4 Will Have Turbo-Six With 493+ HP

The upcoming M4 GT3 will hit the track in 2022 and be heavily based on the road-going model.

Lagonda August Concept Coupe Dreams Of A New Design Direction

Aston Martin is making Lagonda an all-electric luxury brand with a sedan and SUV.

How Much Power Does The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Actually Have?

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 features a potent supercharged 5.2-liter V8.

New Audi A7 Sportback Test Drive Ends Shockingly Bad After Crashing Into 15 Cars

The driver of the Audi A7 lost control and miraculously survived, despite damaging 15 other cars.

In Memoriam: The Coolest Buicks Have Always Been Cars

We say goodbye to Buick cars by looking at the ones that made the company great.

Hyundai’s Genesis Brand Gears Up For Europe Launch, Could Join Geneva Motor Show

Genesis wants to enter Europe when its upcoming SUV models are ready.