Barry

Ford to kill off all cars apart from Mustang

Recommended Posts

I still can't believe I'm reading this. I don't understand why Ford thought it would be a good idea considering the success of the current Focus and Fiesta.

Ford are intending to drop to a 2 car lineup in the next couple of years, the Focus Active, kind of a jacked up faux SUV Focus, and the Mustang.

The eventual plan is only to have the Mustang, SUVs and pickups.

The saddest part for me is no more Ford WRC team. You can't throw a Mustang around a rally stage. They have had immense rally success with many cars, starting from the Mk 1 escort all the way up to the Cosworth versions, the Sierra Cosworth, RS200, Focus, Fiesta etc.

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/abandon-car-ford-dropping-all-passenger-car-models-except-mustang

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/04/25/ford-kill-fusion-taurus-and-fiesta-cars/552148002/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe only in USA. For Europe it will be disaster for them. For example in Turkey Ford one of the most famous brand because of Focus and Fıesta. If they dont have these cars their sells will become less than %1 in Turkey, when you compare with todays sales.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very true. In the European market, cars like the mustang or huge pickups like the f150 just don't make sense. The roads are too small and too policed. The fiesta, focus, and mondeo are bread and butter for them here.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

WOAAAH, that's something very crazy Ford is aiming for.....!

If you think rationally, then since last decade Ford line up has actually overgrown and this may be because of that only or overgrowing was part of this killing strategy for cherry picking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I read this a few days back as well. And AFAIK its only for the US market where Ford has always mostly been known for their Trucks and muscle cars. And now their sales are largely from that sector.

In Europe, its dinky car heaven and dont think they will. Until very recently you could buy those dinky fords only in Europe and primarily the UK. 

Didnt work outin the US, the Americans just like here like their Fords big and grunty. Although Ford is making a working class comeback in UAE market with their cheap made in India Figos and Ecosports. And for the cheap money I dont think they are bad cars for the lower middle to middle class as cheap transport. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is crazy but knowing US company background like GM brands seeing following the same path of Chevrolet, Dodge and GMC in 2008

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just because you don't understand or like something doesn't make it crap. There are massive hatchback scenes all over the world and Ford have built some pretty cool Focuss (Focii?) and Fiestas. Light and fast can be just as much, if not more fun than a V8 heavy land yacht which has to be wrestled around corners.

Fiesta models,

XR2, Supersport, XR2i, Crayford, RS Turbo, Si, that's the older ones. Some good examples of them command higher prices than a brand new Mustang. Then you have the later ST models. 6.9 0-60, 159 BHP per tonne is nothing to be sniffed at, especially in a small hatchback. Many huge 4x4s can't even meet that figure. Then you also have the Fiesta WRC which speaks for itself. Incedentally, does anyone know why the Indian manufactured Fiestas are called Figo?

With the Focus, standardish models, there was the Ghia X which offered Lexus luxury for a fraction of the price. Sportish wise, there was the RS. If you have a Mk1 Focus RS now, you can name your price for it. The later models have insane power. Even the "basic" ST model runs a 2.5 turbo Volvo engine which is crazy in a medium sized hatchback. Look at the limited edition RS500. It's what Mr Vader would drive. Now let's move to the WRC models, if it was good enough for the legend that was Colin McRae, it's good enough for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 5/3/2018 at 6:29 PM, Barry said:

There are massive hatchback scenes all over the world

Translation : Only in Europe and maybe a few other places where gas is expensive and they have tiny, narrow and cobbled streets :D

On 5/3/2018 at 6:29 PM, Barry said:

XR2, Supersport, XR2i, Crayford, RS Turbo, Si, that's the older ones.

Also Up until VERY recently also only available in Europe 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 5/3/2018 at 6:29 PM, Barry said:

there was the Ghia X which offered Lexus luxury for a fraction of the price.

Leather seats a few pieces of fake wooden trim, doesn't make one comparable to Lexus luxury.

Sorry mate, if your arguments held any water a multi billion dollar company would not be ending production of as you say such awesome cars.  :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now