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Ford Discontinuing Sedans

With Ford discontinuing sedans, American drivers are about to lose out on new versions of some of their favorite models so the automaker can concentrate solely on trucks, utilities, and commercial vehicles. If you’re a loyal Ford customer and trust them to provide your next sedan or small vehicle, you’ll suddenly find yourself facing a showroom full of pickup trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. In fact, Ford are cutting nearly 90% of their North American lineup by 2020.

Ford to Stop Making Sedans

You might be wondering what this means for the Ford line. By 2022, the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus will all have been phased out, leaving the Mustang as their last car standing. Here’s how the upcoming lineup might look.

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Ford Turns to White Space Vehicles

Ford dealerships would look pretty barren with just its current selection of crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks, so they’re turning to ‘white space vehicles’ in a bid to fill the lineup. But just what is a “white space” vehicle? These are models that blend together multiple characteristics from multiple segments. Since Ford’s strongest sales have recently been from larger vehicles, they’re content to pursue that trend. That said, following the sales figures skew doesn’t necessarily mean Ford is giving customers what they need.

If a larger family is looking for something with plenty of space and the capability to tackle off-road adventures, they’ll probably be happy enough with one of these white space vehicles. But what about those drivers who don’t need much space, or those who’d rather focus on fuel efficiency? In his story “The Real Reason Ford Is Phasing Out Its Sedans,” Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal cited a 2017 study that 68.9% of light-truck owners used their vehicle primarily for transportation, while 65.4% used theirs for commuting. The trend might exist, but why encourage people to drive larger and less efficient models than they really need.

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Is It Worth the Risk?

Another issue raised by industry analysts is that Ford’s focus on larger vehicles could prove problematic if gas prices begin to rise. People won’t be as likely to shop for larger vehicles if that happens, and those already driving one could find the difference in gas prices making a much bigger impact on their pocketbooks than expected. We’re also not sure how Ford expects to stand out in such a crowded marketplace. If a car shopper compares the Honda CR-V, Pilot, and HR-V against their Ford counterparts – the Escape, Explorer, and Edge – they’ll find the former offers lower starting prices and higher fuel economy ratings.

General Motors to Phase Out Six Sedan Models

It isn’t just Ford that has been forced to make changes. General Motors have also begun to withdraw from the sedan segment. Due to changing consumer behaviors and slumping sales, they were forced to close five North American facilities and announce substantial layoffs. It’s part of a shift towards crossovers, SUVs, hatchbacks, and trucks, so we’ll see no more new versions of the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Impala, and Chevrolet Volt.

Honda Will Continue to Modernize

Ford and GM might be fine scaling back and chasing the latest thing, but Honda would prefer to adapt their latest lineup of sedans around changing consumer desires. They’re making history with eco-friendly vehicles like the Honda Insight and revolutionary Honda Clarity lineup – the Clarity selection includes a full EV, a plug-in hybrid, and even a hydrogen-powered sedan. The already legendary Honda Accord has been complemented by a new Honda Accord Hybrid, and the Honda Civic lineup focuses on everything from utility to track-like performance with models like the Civic Sedan, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si, and Civic Type R. Click on a vehicle below to find out more now!

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Building a Better Future

Ford’s transition to larger utilities might suit a few drivers, but Honda will continue to design sedans for the next generation of drivers and a zero-emissions future. Detroit drivers will find new versions of Honda sedan models long after Ford sedan models have become antiquated, so feel free to visit your nearest Detroit Area Honda Dealers location for a look at the latest award-winning selection.

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[1] Wall Street Journal, 2018. Visit https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-real-reason-ford-is-phasing-out-its-sedans-1525369304 for more information. [2] CNN.com, 2018. Visit https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/26/business/gm-cars-dropping-production/index.html for more information.
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