Ford cancels all sedans and hatchbacks for USA market

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Other models, including the Taurus, the original Ford Focus, the Fiesta and the Fusion, will no longer be available in the United States or Canada.

Due to Ford's announcements, what was not explicitly stated but is likely that Lincoln's sedans will also disappear.

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. plan to discontinue four slow-selling auto models, including the venerable Ford Taurus sedan, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the.

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In a financial release, Ford said that it plans to transition to just two cars over the next few years: the Ford Mustang and the new Ford Active, a "crossover" vehicle to be released next year.

Reports show the US market is shifting toward trucks and SUVs.

Ford says no American jobs will be lost as a result of the plan. They plan to only produce the Mustang and Focus Active crossover vehicles as well as trucks, SUV's, and commercial vehicles.

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In announcing the gutsy move, Ford CEO Jim Hackett said in addition to whacking the cars, at the same time the company plans to almost double its cost-cutting goal to $25.5 billion from the $14 billion he announced in October. Ford's automotive revenue increased to $39 billion, exceeding the average projection for $37.2 billion in a Bloomberg survey. The company's balance sheet shows an effective tax rate of 9 percent for the quarter.

Ford, which made its name on the Model T, will phase out production of sedans for the North American market and will instead focus its efforts on building trucks and SUVs.

However, it's most significant jump is that it is also spending a large amount of money on redeveloping its Dearborn factory in MI to start producing electric vehicles by 2020. Felker says Ford expected demand for those vehicles "to support the same number of employees as we have today".

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The company is also reviving two of its historic vehicles: the Ranger pickup, which will return in 2019, and the Bronco SUV, which will return to the US market in 2020. The company will bring its first battery electric model to market in 2020; a further 15 will follow by 2022. The company will continue to sell trucks and SUVs, which will now make up 86 percent of its automobile sales by volume.

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