What happened to Ford? There’s been rumors and hearsay for the last few years on Ford sedans and compacts struggling to keep up in the auto industry, and we have the scoop of what’s going on with the car brand that’s provided Americans with vehicles for the last century. If you’re a Ford junky, you may feel delighted about the new lineup of vehicles on their way for 2021, but, Ford is still in business and most likely will stay functional for some time, but they cut a handful of models from their factory line.
Which Ford cars are no more?
So here’s the deal. Ford discontinued a large share of its passenger cars as they will entirely be phased out by 2022. This includes cars that you may have heard more often in the 2000s. According to NBC News, Ford tossed models such as the Taurus, Fiesta, and Ford Focus. Non-SUV and truck models that are sticking around are the Ford Fusion and Mustang, both of which are releasing new models in 2021.
The Ford Focus will have a hatchback option and look out for another hot year for the Mustang which will deliver a crossover hybrid that Ford lovers will go head over heels for. The 2021 Mustang Mach E Mustang is similar in shape to Tesla’s tapered four-door body style Model X. It offers stunning visuals with its pristinely white LED headlights and taillights that are something to look out for on the roads.
But of course. Ford didn’t get rid of its famed Mustang coupe, or the Fusion. The Mustang, as well as the Fusion, are still available at your local Ford car lot and they have trims with hybrid & PHEV engine options for earth-conscious drivers.
What other cars were discontinued in 2020?
Time is moving fast and so is the evolution of automobiles as we know it. Ford isn’t the only company tossing old models out the door. Other discontinued car models for 2020 include a lengthy list and some of these models will likely never be missed. The Nissan Juke? The only good thing that came out of that car was the song Juke Jam by Chance the Rapper featuring Justin Bieber.
Some cars that didn’t make the 2020 cut weren’t too bad either, and it may be another few decades until the auto industry needs another model revival. Maybe some of us will miss the VW Beetle or the Cadillac XTS. Other discontinued cars are models like the:
- Chevy Impala
- Chevy Cruze
- Hyundai Azera
- Volkswagen Touareg
- Volkswagen Beetle
- Chevy Volt
- Honda CR-Z
- Nissan Juke
- Cadillac ATS
- Cadillac CT6
- Cadillac XTS
Why the switch up with Ford cars?
Why not? Let’s face it. Those old models just weren’t cool for the school parking lot of condo complex shared parking. Some held a design that just wasn’t cut out for hybrid or electric engine adaptability and a leading manufacturer like Ford knows when to throw in the towel to pull non-selling vehicles.
Those particular sedans weren’t all that stylish or powerful anyway. You really only saw those Ford cars with student driver bumper stickers going 35 in the right lane or with a government license plate or business advertisement on the back window. These Fords did what they needed to do while they were here, but as the automotive space evolves into non gas-powered engines and the human race becomes more active outside traveling with tons of more gear than before, SUV and crossover body styles will reign from here on out.
Though compact cars and sedans still exist, millennials are driving less, and most consumers are attracted by the versatility and space convenience of a sport utility vehicle or pickup truck. Fewer people commute to work now with the large shift toward tech jobs going to remote workers. Plus, why drive when you can find affordable transportation services like Uber and Lyft.
There is less need for the impractical sedan body style and low-level performance of smaller cars nowadays and if they are cute and compact, they’re probably full-electric. With the rising popularity of compact SUVs, electric and hybrid crossovers, and trucks, sedans appear to be heading toward extinction. With about 90% of Ford Motor Company’s North American portfolio in commercial vehicles and their SUVs and F series trucks, it only makes sense that they would drop their lease selling models.
Sedans and compacts won’t ever completely leave the roads with popular brands like Mazda, Volkswagen, and Toyota pumping out new lightweight and fuel-efficient trim options. The rise of competitor sedans that are more fuel efficient and stylish overtook models like the Fiesta and Fusion in sales. On top of a slight decline in sedan sales for Ford pre-2020, the Coronavirus sank car sales as a whole, with companies like General Motors seeing a 34% sales drop in April. Ford sales are crawling back slowly but with an unpredictable economy and the uncertainty of politics and shutdowns, it may be some time.
What does the future of the Ford Motor Company look like?
Having survived 2 world wars, the 2008 financial crisis, Ford continues to run strong despite keeping up with new electric car companies which have chipped away at Ford’s yearly sales. In 2016, Ford sales peaked in North America, however, in 2020 locations in Latin America and Europe have struggled.
Having been at the forefront of automotive transportation during the days of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, the American car company will go on to sell trucks and SUVs that promote robust capability and comfort for the active family or daily worker. The only two-door coupe will be the Mustang from here on out, and whether the fusion will hang on in the next few years when up against other midsize sedans like the VW Passat and Volvo S90.
Ford builds their vehicles to last forever, and there are so many attachments and headlight accessories that can optimize your off-roading or highway driving experience.