There was a time when the Ford Fusion was one of the Blue Oval's best-selling models in the US. However, the midsize sedan segment is not what it once was and Ford ultimately decided to drop the Fusion entirely. The Fiesta, Focus, and Taurus were also casualties of Ford's controversial choice to kill its North American car lineup in favor of more SUVs, trucks, and EVs. Whether this will pay off or not remains to be seen. But one thing is now for certain: the Fusion is officially dead.
Ford Authority has learned the last Fusion rolled off the production line at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico on July 31. The new Ford Bronco Sport will take its place at this plant.
"As promised, Ford is reinventing the car to match consumers' preferences and growing our business by significantly expanding our North America sport utility vehicle portfolio with the all-new Bronco and Bronco Sport, all-electric Mustang Mach-E, and all-new versions of Escape and Explorer, America's all-time best-selling SUV. As part of this shift, we ended Fusion sedan production on July 3," said Ford spokesperson Sam Schembari.
Originally, the final Fusion was scheduled to be built on July 21, but coronavirus-related issues caused a slight delay. The Fusion order books also officially closed for good late last February, so anyone in the market for one will have to select from what's available on dealership lots. It's the same deal for the Lincoln MKZ, the more luxurious version of the Fusion. The two sedans were built alongside each other at the same facility. Although the company spokesperson didn't specifically mention the MKZ's passing, it'd be a fair assumption to believe it's also finished for good.
The overseas-only Ford Mondeo, a rebadged Fusion, is also expected to be dropped in its current form, but reports claim it'll return as a crossover-wagon in the near future. A previous rumor claimed this Subaru Outback competitor might be sold in the US. Fusion sales steadily dropped over the past few years, peaking in 2014 with 306,860 units sold. Last year, that figure was 166,045. So far this year, about 61,500 Fusions have left dealership lots.
The first-generation Fusion was launched for the 2006 model year as a replacement to the Contour. The second-gen debuted for 2013 and was last updated for 2017.