The Last Ford Focus and C-Max Have Rolled Off the Production Line

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Say goodbye to the Ford Focus and C-Max. Both models saw the last of their kind roll down the production line recently. These are the first of many more cars that will meet their end in the next couple years.

Not long ago, Ford Motor Company announced it would phase out production of most cars in its lineup. Instead of the sedans and hatchbacks, the company wants to focus on producing more crossovers, SUVs, and trucks. Many people did not expect this to take effect so soon, but TFLCar noted that Ford already killed off the Focus and C-Max.

The last of these two cars weren’t celebrated like many models. In this case, Ford didn’t raise much notice, and the death of the two models went mostly unnoticed. CarBuzz reported that the last Focus was a sedan and the C-Max was a hybrid, which is no big surprise because that’s the only version of the C-Max Ford produced at this point.

Ford’s shift away from car sales to SUV and truck sales isn’t surprising. According to CarBuzz, the company loses around $800 million a year doing car sales. For that reason, it decided recently to scrap selling cars altogether except for the Mustang, which is the best-selling coupe worldwide, according to The Drive. This is a crown it’s held before. Since the Mustang started selling worldwide, its sales have climbed considerably.

The Death of Ford’s Cars Will Continue

When Ford first announced that it would kill its cars, the company said it would happen by 2022. It did not, however, provide any kind of detailed breakdown for how that would look and how soon it would start knocking off individual models.

That changed not long after when Micheal Martinez of Automotive News tweeted a schedule for Ford’s cancellation of its cars. According to Martines, the Focus would end in 2018 and the Taurus and Fiesta would meet their demise in 2019.

It now seems that we can add the C-Max to 2018 since Ford stopped producing the model. Really though, the C-Max was already on the chopping block, whether or not Ford had decided to kill off the rest of its cars. The company saw a steady decline in C-Max sales over the last several years.

Ford Does Have Another Focus for the U.S.

Ford has a new Focus for the global market, and the company will bring the high-riding, wagon-like Focus Active, to the United States, according to CarBuzz. Its higher ride height means that it will slot into the space between passenger cars and crossovers.

There are numerous vehicles there now including the Subaru Outback and Crosstrek, Buick Regal TourX, Volvo V90 Cross Country, and VW Golf Alltrack. Car and Driver noted that the Subaru Outback is the Focus Active’s most obvious competitor.

It will be interesting to see if Ford sees success with its new strategy of focusing more on SUVs and trucks. If it does, we wonder how long the Focus Active will stick around. If it does not sell, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Ford stop offering it.

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