Back in May, Ford Authority was the first to report that Ford Fusion production was scheduled to end in July, marking the discontinuation of the last Ford sedan sold in the U.S. Then, just last month, we learned that production had been extended slightly. Now, we’ve confirmed that the mid-size sedan has in fact been officially discontinued after production ended on July 31st at the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.
“As promised, Ford is reinventing the car to match consumers’ preferences and growing our business by significantly expanding our North America sport utility vehicle portfolio with the all-new Bronco and Bronco Sport, all-electric Mustang Mach-E, and all-new versions of Escape and Explorer, America’s all-time best-selling SUV. As part of this shift, we ended Fusion sedan production on July 31st,” Ford spokesperson, Sam Schembari, told Ford Authority.
The Ford Fusion is a four-door, five passenger mid-size sedan that was introduced for the 2006 model year. It was produced alongside the also-discontinued Lincoln MKZ, with which it shared the Ford CD3 platform. Ford produced two generations of the Fusion, with the second-gen model debuting for the 2013 model year.
Ford Fusion sales have slowly declined over the last several years, peaking at 306,860 units in 2014 before slumping to 166,045 units in 2019. Halfway through 2020, Ford has sold 61,421 Fusions.
The Fusion was the last Blue Oval sedan in production in North America following the departure of the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and Ford Taurus. The Ford Bronco Sport will take the place of the Fusion and MKZ at the Hermosillo plant. Full-scale Bronco Sport production at the facility will start on October 26th, 2020.
Looking ahead, the Fusion will be replaced with a crossover-like wagon, similar to the Subaru Outback, for sale across global markets. In fact, this next-gen model will also replace the current Ford Edge.
Meanwhile, all of Ford’s rivals continue to offer mid-size sedans. That lineup includes the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Subaru Legacy, Volkswagen Passat, and Mazda 6.