Ford's Last American Sedan Has An Expiration Date

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And no successor is planned.

We've known for more than a year that the Ford Fusion is on borrowed time. All of the Blue Oval's traditional sedans and hatchbacks are. Along with the Fusion, the Ford Fiesta and Focus have been discontinued from its North American lineup. However, the Fusion has still been in production and on sale at dealerships, typically with very attractive offers, but this too will soon come to an end.

According to Ford Authority, Fusion production is scheduled to officially conclude on July 21 at its Hermosillo plant in Mexico. The last day to place an order for a new 2020 Fusion was on February 28. With those orders now in the bank, the automaker has apparently been able to set a final build date.

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The final Fusion Police car, meanwhile, will roll off the line on June 5. It's still possible these dates could be extended by a few weeks or so because of the current pandemic. Ford has no immediate plans for a midsize sedan successor as it abandons a market it once dominated. Back in 1986, the company redefined this segment when the first generation Ford Taurus was revealed. The Taurus, which later grew to become a full-size sedan, has also been eliminated from the lineup.

The decision for Ford to ditch sedans entirely was and remains controversial. This move does, however, free up funds that are already be re-invested in crossovers, hybrids, and electric vehicles. Other mobility technologies, such as autonomous driving, are also included.

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Meanwhile, Ford's crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks aren't going anywhere; they are more important than ever for profitability. Same goes for the Mustang, which will soon become the only traditional car in Ford's American lineup.

Although no direct Fusion replacement is planned now or anytime soon, Ford is reportedly developing a raised wagon similar to the Subaru Outback which could serve as the closest thing. Chances are this unnamed vehicle will be a global model that'll also be sold in the US, though a launch date remains unknown.

2019-2020 Ford Fusion Sedan Top View Ford
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Source Credits: Ford Authority

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