Ford will drop Focus, Fusion and other sedans for North American market

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In the next couple of years, Ford plans to have as many as six high-performance SUVs on the market including a fully electric model.

Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks told reporters it is too early to say whether the additional cuts and "efficiency opportunities" would result in layoffs or staffing reductions. The Focus nameplate will live on only thanks to an all-new crossover variant called the Focus Active coming next year. The company estimates that almost 90 percent of its portfolio will be trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles in the North American market.

Ford is shifting its emphasis from traditional cars, shifting $7 billion of research from cars and putting it into SUVs and trucks.

Ford has announced that, in the U.S., it plans to cull its existing base of passenger cars down to just two vehicles - the Mustang, and the Focus Active. But kiss goodbye to the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, and C-MAX.

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The automaker's pretax profit fell 14 percent from a year ago to $2.2 billion for the quarter.

As usual, North America drove Fords profits for the quarter with pretax earnings of $1.9 billion.

Joe Hinrichs, president of global operations, said Ford plans to build a new product its Hermosillo plant in Mexico when it quits production of the Fusion sedan, and will also build a new battery electric vehicle in Mexico. Europe was the only other region to turn a profit for Ford.

The latest planned reductions will come from areas including engineering, materials costs, marketing and sales.

Ford plans to cut Fusion, Taurus and Fiesta from auto lineup
Cutting its slow-selling sedans and hatchbacks will serve to free up even more capital for light truck and mobility development. Ford will use the excess capacity created in its plants by vehicle models that are ending to introduce new truck and SUVs.

Now Ford, one of the great engines of 20th-century American industry, is about to do the unthinkable: Abandon the American auto business nearly entirely.

If left in place, the current corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards would require Ford's SUVs, crossovers, trucks, and Mustang to average roughly 35 to 37 mpg, after exceptions.

Analysts said the reasoning for the move is easy to see. At the time, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne defended the move to investors as a quick way to increase production of more profitable Jeeps and Ram pickups. They may be experimenting with some new concepts as far as larger higher profile large vehicles.

Changes are afoot for Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), at least in North America.

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There will be some retooling to prepare for the new SUV models, but there is no plan to shut down the plant, Felker said.

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