4/4/2018

End of the Line for Four Chevy and Ford Models?

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General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. plan to drop several cars from their U.S. lineups as the market continues to switch to more profitable crossover models, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. plan to drop several car models from their U.S. lineups as market demand continues to shift to more profitable SUV/crossovers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper, which doesn’t cite its sources, says production of the Chevrolet Sonic at GM’s Orion Township, Mich., assembly plant could end as early as this year. The carmaker also may discontinue the Chevy Impala large car within the next few years.

Ford plans to drop two of its cars, according to the Journal. It says the Taurus sedan and the U.S. version of the Fiesta small car are on the chopping block.

Chevy tells the Journal it remains “committed” to the Sonic (pictured), Impala and Volt extended-range hybrid car. Marketing director Steve Majoros says the three models will be part of Chevy’s portfolio in the future without elaborating.
 

U.S. sales of the Sonic fell 21% to fewer than 6,000 units in the first quarter. Chevy introduced the nameplate in 2011. Sales peaked at about 100,000 units in 2014 but totaled less than one-third of that volume last year. Impala shipments plunged 36% in January-March to about 14,100 cars.


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