Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

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    Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Ford Fusion production comes to a halt as company goes sedan-free
    The Fusion was always good to drive and the most recent one looked great. It'll be missed.
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    Most of the headlines concerning Ford this week have focused on the transition taking place in the CEO’s office, but meanwhile the end of a different era in Dearborn has passed more quietly. Production of the Ford Fusion has ended in Mexico, marking one of the final steps in Ford’s exit from the U.S. car business.

    Ford, of course, announced more than two years ago that it was phasing out its remaining sedans and hatchbacks in favor of more in-demand crossovers, SUVs and trucks. It has already stopped making the Fiesta, Focus and Taurus for the domestic market. Now, Ford Authority reports that the last Fusion was sent down the line in Hermosillo, Mexico, on July 31, with production of its Lincoln MKZ platform-mate also finished. (Technically, Lincoln is still building the Continental sedan through the end of the year at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.)

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Really a shame. It kills me to see such a solid, competent product die. But I suppose there was no helping it as market conditions shifted away from sedans.

    RIP Fusion (and, hello to the "Fusion Active" wagon-crossover at some point soon).
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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    This follows Chryslers mistake years ago now. Its all forgotten. Then they brought the Fiat Disaster that is

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    What a shame. I guess if one wants a sedan it's off to the imports. I only wish some how some way and at some point the tides would turn and these jack arses of the formerly big three would be once again caught with their pants down and playing catch up.
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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    This follows Chryslers mistake years ago now. Its all forgotten. Then they brought the Fiat Disaster that is
    I would not call FCA "culling" the DART and 200 a mistake and the FIAT was a requirement to allow Fiat a larger stake in a bankrupt company they were helping keep on life support

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    I would not call FCA "culling" the DART and 200 a mistake and the FIAT was a requirement to allow Fiat a larger stake in a bankrupt company they were helping keep on life support
    The American people kept Chrysler on life support, and bought its products. All Fiat has done is milk it.

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    I would not call FCA "culling" the DART and 200 a mistake and the FIAT was a requirement to allow Fiat a larger stake in a bankrupt company they were helping keep on life support
    This. No one misses the 200 or the Dart, and they filled those plants with more Jeeps and and RAMs that people are buying.

    The Fusion was still competitive, at least. I don't understand completely walking away from segments like this. We shall see how this ends...

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    It's pushing me to consider Japanese I will tell you that.

    When it comes time to replace the Lacrosse I am not buying a new GM product, period. I will consider an Avalon or perhaps a used Blazer, either Premier or RS.

    GM has made some great sedans, I liked all generations of the LaCrosse, the 2014+ Impala, the 08-12 Malibu, and the 11-15 Cruze.

    GM cannot afford to shrink anymore. I'm only going to live 30 more years, I like gas power and will buy used till I'm to old to drive if GM goes all electric with no sedans
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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Quote Originally Posted by 1958carnut View Post
    What a shame. I guess if one wants a sedan it's off to the imports.
    There's always the Malibu...For now.

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    If the NA brands were making sedans as good as Kia or Hyundai does then maybe somebody would still be buying them.

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Quote Originally Posted by nadepalma View Post
    Really a shame. It kills me to see such a solid, competent product die. But I suppose there was no helping it as market conditions shifted away from sedans.

    RIP Fusion (and, hello to the "Fusion Active" wagon-crossover at some point soon).
    While we're at it they could have done also a "Focus Active" crossover as well.

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    I wonder if ford and gm ever considered combining togethor making a cruze and malibu sized cars? Pick a platform that could be scaled to build both sized cars, each design their own looks for their cars, find 1 plant to build all 4, that way 1 company gets plant utilisation and the other doesnt have to worry about finding space in their factory but still gets cars built. Surely that could be done profitably right??

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Quote Originally Posted by nadepalma View Post

    RIP Fusion (and, hello to the "Fusion Active" wagon-crossover at some point soon).
    Borg, who seems to be quite knowledgeable on Ford's plans, seems to say Fusion Active is Europe only to replace Mondeo. Sounds like it might resemble a large version of the Puma, another Europe only product.

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    Re: Fusion production ends, as the Ford brand goes sedan-free

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    The American people kept Chrysler on life support, and bought its products. All Fiat has done is milk it.
    Chrysler and its various brands wouldn't exist at all if Fiat hadn't been there. So there's that.

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