Ford has been planning a departure from its non-Mustang models for a few years now, and has recently taken a step towards that notion. Following the death of its brethren, namely the Fiesta, Focus and Taurus, the last Ford Fusion was sent down the production line on July 31, in Hermosillo, Mexico, according to a report by Ford Authority.
Ford stopped taking orders for the Fusion from back in February, with plans on drawing the curtains on production on July 21, which was pushed back to the end of the month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fusion was first introduced in 2006 and received heavy revisions for the 2010 model year. The current, second generation debuted for the 2013 model year in standard, hybrid and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. The Fusion met its peak in 2014, selling upto 306,860 units, a trend that did not continue for the first half of this year, selling only about 61,421 Fusions.
With the death of the Lincoln Continental at the end of the year, we will experience the dawn of Ford Motor Company’s shift to an all SUV and truck lineup, bar the Mustang of course. Somewhat contradictory to the manufacturer’s electrifications and emissions goals, the death of the efficient Fusion (especially the Fusion Energi) now doesn’t seem like the best choice in hindsight. The mid-sized sedan has been a staple of the Ford lineup ever since its birth, and has been a good companion to the typical family’s needs. However, Ford does have a variety of new hybrid and electric models coming up to shape its new lineup of cars.
The Ford Bronco Sport will take the Fusion’s place at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant with production beginning come September. The manufacturer is reportedly planning a lifted crossover-wagon replacement for the Fusion, possibly called the Fusion Active.