A few months ago, Ford announced that it planned on killing most of its passenger car lineup, including the Focus, Fiesta, Taurus, and even the great Fusion in order to focus on pickup trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. Plans to only sell the Mustang muscle car and a new Ford Focus Active Crossover was the strategy going forward. Well, new tariffs have now killed the Chinese-made Focus Active.
The Trump administration has ramped up the tariffs on motor vehicles imported to the U.S. from China, and Ford has determined that it's not worth it to bring the car here. "Given the negative financial impact of the new tariffs, we've decided not to import this vehicle from China," said Ford's president of North America, Kumar Galhotra, as reported by The Detroit News.
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To give you an idea of how serious Ford is about making the production changes, they've already retooled their Wayne, Michigan plant to build the new Ranger pickup truck and the upcoming Bronco SUV. What's even more telling is the fact that the Wayne plant used to build the Ford Focus, which will no longer be sold as of 2019. Let's hope Ford is smart enough to keep the Mustang over the long haul, but our guess is that it will need to be even more of a "world car" to keep global sales at a decent volume.