A letter to suppliers from Ford has indicated the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is rethinking its stance on its popular mid-sized sedan, the Fusion, and perhaps sedans in general, as the popularity of SUVs and crossovers continues to skyrocket.
is reporting that the letter, sent to suppliers associated with a proposed 2020 redesign of the Fusion and its European sister, the Mondeo, says that the redesign has been outright cancelled. It does not, however, say the Fusion will be dropped.
The order applies only to cars made at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly plant in Mexico, which supplies the North American Fusion, and at Ford Valencia Body and Assembly in Spain, which builds the European Mondeo. Ford still plans to build the Fusion in China for that market, but has indicated it has no plans to export the Chinese Fusion for other markets.
As the market shifts from sedans to crossovers, it’s clear automakers have been putting more focus on the segment, which bring more profits per vehicle than cars, especially compact cars. Last year, FCA stopped building the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to instead build and sell more crossovers.