Saying Goodbye to Ford Cars
It is time to say goodbye to many of the beloved Ford car models that countless millions of customers have enjoyed throughout the decades. Over the next few years, Ford has decided to streamline its car model lineup in favor of its more popular SUV and truck lines. As a result, you will no longer see many of the popular Ford car models. Instead, only the likes of the Mustang will remain along with great SUV and truck options like the F-150 and Expedition.
What could Ford possibly be thinking? This is the question that many industry experts have on their minds after the recent announcement. Even though it may seem drastic at first, there is actually a lot of rhyme and reason behind this decision. In fact, if Ford does things correctly, it can possibly save a lot of money and optimize the vehicles people truly love at the same time.
While success is never a guarantee, this move will actually be a smart choice for the company to remain competitive well into the future. This move is meant to shift resources to model lines that are more successful than the cars. If everything goes according to plan, Ford is looking at lower operating costs and more emphasis on models that people actually want.
Changing Trends And Buying Habits
Automotive customers have a variety of preferences and likes when it comes to their vehicles. Some enjoy the larger presence of a truck or SUV. Others require the speed of a sports car. Others still may only need a reliable family sedan to get by during the daily grind. These preferences change over time to reflect the growing needs and demands of customers.
In recent years, particularly in the North American automotive market, preferences have leaned toward the larger side. Many customers now appreciate a larger vehicle. The extra passenger and cargo capacity larger vehicles provide make daily driving more convenient. Individuals with larger families need a good SUV or van to get everyone around in comfort.
As a result, this has led many people away from traditional sedans, station wagons, hatchbacks, and other cars. While some manufacturers still enjoy a lot of success with these types of cars, Ford has struggled in recent years to keep these vehicles alive. That isn’t to say they have performed poorly. Instead, these lines have not been able to keep up with the success of Ford’s larger offerings in the SUV and truck categories.
The Cost Of Manufacturing
While many manufacturers make millions of dollars each and every year, you have to spend money to make money. Smart businesses know where and where not to spend their money. When it comes to automotive design, you need to spend money where it will be most effective.
For Ford, spending money on their existing car lines is not a smart choice. Because of changing customer preferences and the declining performance of Ford cars, the company is no longer seeing the fruits of their labor in this category. Instead, they are spending money on vehicles that more people do not want.
This results in a lot of wasted money. From the employees to the factory space and equipment required to make these cars, Ford could put this money elsewhere for better results. In particular, the company hopes to shift a lot of the operational costs towards SUVs and trucks to ramp up production and meet greater demand.
What Does This Mean For The Future?
More trucks and SUVs
In simple terms, you should expect more larger vehicles to be rolling off the assembly line at Ford’s numerous factories. The more popular models are going to be getting extra factory space as Ford converts a lot of equipment and re-trains employees from working on cars to trucks and SUVs.
This is one of the best choices for Ford moving into the future. As it can increase production on popular models like the F-150, it will better meet consumer demands for the foreseeable future. The company will also be spending more time on developing new capabilities and features for these vehicles to make them stand out even more amongst the competition.
Since more people are preferring larger vehicles, this has increased competition in this specific automotive category. In some ways, Ford has to make this change in order to remain at the forefront of SUV and truck design. Creating America’s number one selling vehicle, for example, is not an easy task. In order to keep the spot in the future, the company needs to spend more money and time on developing these models.
In other words, expect the future of large vehicles to be bright when it comes to Ford’s lineup. Everyone who enjoys a larger SUV or truck will get even more out of these future vehicles because of the extra time and dedication Ford will be spending on these models. You can even expect new technologies like hybrid and electric drivetrains in the near future if Ford continues on its path towards more environmentally friendly options integrated into existing models.
Checking Out Ford Vehicles
While Ford recently announced this surprising news, don’t expect any major changes starting tomorrow. The company has decided to let its existing car lines run until the end of their planned lifecycles. This means you can still purchase a great Ford car this year. In the future, you’ll also be able to check out the Ford Mustang if you still want a slice of Ford ingenuity in a smaller package.
There’s no better time than the present to come check out the existing Ford lineup of cars, SUVs, and trucks. If you want to see what so many other customers appreciate about a Ford SUV or truck, come on down to DePaula Ford to take a test drive. You may just be convinced that Ford is making the right decision when it comes to the future of their vehicles.
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