Next Ford Fusion Might Be Built In China Instead Of Mexico

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The future of the mainstream family sedan continues to be in jeopardy. According to Automotive News, Ford is planning to end North American production of the Fusion midsize sedan by the end of this decade. As a further sign of Ford’s intentions, the automaker has already begun notifying suppliers that the next-generation Fusion will not be built in its Mexico manufacturing facility, where the current model is still in production. However, a redesigned Fusion is still happening, only it’ll be built in China alongside its European counterpart, the Mondeo.

In fact, the Mondeo is already being built in China for China, a country where sedans remain popular. That setup will apparently continue, but the Fusion’s US future is not looking good. Ford explained it best in an email to Automotive News: “We have no plans to export the next-generation Fusion/Mondeo from China to North America and Europe,” Ford said in an emailed statement. “Fusion / Mondeo are an important part of the Ford car lineup. We will have more information to share about the next Fusion/Mondeo at a later date.” There are still plans in place to begin production of the next Fusion in 2020 as a 2021 model, but, again, its US future is very uncertain. How come? One word: crossovers.

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Even in Europe sedan sales have been lackluster as of late. Ford has also informed its European suppliers Mondeo production at a facility in Spain will also soon come to an end. The changes taking place can be credited to new Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who’s in the midst of reviewing the company’s global product portfolio. Essentially, he needs to cut costs in order to divert funds to autonomous and EV development.