Is it true that Ford is discontinuing sedans? Yep – they’re giving up on a whole range of popular models to concentrate solely on commercial vehicles, utility vehicles, and trucks, so any loyal Ford customers are about to find their vehicle options severely limited. In fact, nearly 90% of Ford’s North American lineup will consist of just pickup trucks, crossovers, and SUVs by the time 2020 rolls around.
With Ford to stop making sedans, what does that even mean for Ford cars? Well, you’ll see models like the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus completely phased out, so the Mustang will be the only car left standing. Here’s how the lineup of Ford sedan models will soon look by 2022.
You might be asking yourself how Ford expects to fill the huge gaps in its lineup left after the models listed above are discontinued. Ford’s answer is the ‘white space vehicle’. Essentially, these combine the characteristics of several car and utility vehicle segments. With Ford’s strongest sales currently coming from larger vehicle’s, they’ve decided it makes sense to pursue that market, but does following those sales figures really mean they’re giving customers the options they want and deserve?
A family of five with a thirst for off-road adventure might be interested in a larger vehicle, but anyone looking for the high efficiency ratings and city-friendly driving that comes with a smaller footprint is going to be left disappointed. In his article “The Real Reason Ford Is Phasing Out Its Sedans,” Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal cited a study that suggested 68.9% of light-truck owners use their model mostly for transportation while 65.4% use it for commuting. However, relying on those models means accepting low fuel economy when you don’t have to.
Ford certainly isn’t alone in this new larger vehicle strategy. General Motors just announced they’ll be ending production on six sedans at the end of 2019 due to changing consumer behaviors and slumping sales. They’re making substantial layoffs, closing five North American facilities, and discontinuing the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac XTS, Cadillac CT6, and Buick LaCrosse. Like Ford, they hope to win customers back by focusing on crossovers, SUVs, hatchbacks, and trucks.
While automakers like GM and Ford are abandoning the production of their sedan and small cars, Honda sedan models will be adapted around changing needs. You’ll find the ever-popular Honda Accord now offering an ultra-efficient Hybrid model, which is joined by the Honda Clarity Plug-In and Honda Insight Hybrid to help deliver a future with clearer skies, fresher air, and zero emissions. For a smaller vehicle, the Civic lineup continues to cater to every driving style with models like the Civic Sedan, Civic Hatchback, Civic Si, and Civic Type R.
Why limit your choices with an automaker that hasn’t even perfected the crossover and SUV? Instead, drive to your nearest Central Illinois Honda Dealers showroom to check out the latest award-winning lineup, arrange a test drive, or find out more about upcoming Honda vehicles.