Ford Motor Co. plans to phase out most of its sedans by 2020 in favor of a North American portfolio comprised of 90% trucks, utilities, and commercial vehicles, the automaker announced with its first quarter financial results.
Ford will transition its car portfolio to two vehicles, including the Mustang and new Focus Active — a crossover version of its Focus hatchback that will be built in China. Ford is phasing out current sedans including the Fiesta, Taurus, C-Max, and Fusion, which recently won the 2017 Fleet Car of the Year Award. The Fusion Hybrid would likely also be cut. The cuts will not affect Lincoln sedans.
The move will result in the discontinuation of Ford's Police Interceptor sedan, which is based on the Taurus, and possibly the Police Responder Hybrid sedan, which is based on the Fusion Hybrid.
The 2019 model year will be the final model for the Taurus and P.I. sedan. Ford will continue to sell the Fusion and its hybrid police sedans for "a still-to-be-determined period of time," said, said Steve Tyler, Ford's police brand marketing manager.
Ford has also previously announced it will introduce a new gasoline-electric hybrid police vehicle this year.
In 2017, Ford sold about 43,000 police vehicles of which about 80% were Police Interceptor Utility vehicle.
Ford also plans to add electrified hybrid powertrains on its biggest nameplates, including the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and upcoming Bronco off-road SUV. Ford will introduce an electric performance utility in 2020, and plans to bring 16 battery-electric vehicles to market by 2022, Ford announced.
The automaker has also announced plans to include collision mitigating technology across its entire lineup by 2020, including its Super Duty trucks all the way up to the F-750.
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Originally posted on Automotive Fleet