Scene Changing at Ford Dealerships as vehicle are Phased Out

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DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday said it plans to stop selling all Ford brand sedans in North America and that it is almost doubling its cost-cutting target by 2022 from the plan it laid out.

Ford confirms that it's abandoning all its vehicle models in the United States except two - the Mustang and the new Focus Active.

Ford currently builds all of its police vehicles in Chicago and has seen a similar shift in demand away from sedans, with the Police Interceptor Utility model now representing 80 percent of sales, she said.

Ford Motor Co. is sharpening its knives to cleave another $11.5 billion from spending plans and cut several sedans, including the Fusion and Taurus, from its lineup to more quickly reach an elusive profit target.

Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks told reporters it is too early to say whether the additional cuts and "efficiency opportunities" would result in layoffs or staffing reductions.

Similarly, at Haldeman Ford of Kutztown, the Ford sedans - such as the Fusion and Taurus - that made up probably half of the dealership's business five years ago now represent only 10 to 15 percent of its new auto sales, owner Todd Haldeman said.

Additionally, Ford said it expects to put $5 billion less into capital expenditures from 2019 to 2022 than it once anticipated.

In 2016, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it would end production of the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to focus even more on SUV and trucks.

Executives say Ford could also exit or restructure low-performing areas of its business, in an aggressive effort to save costs.

The decision was made after a long decline in sales for cars like hatchbacks and sedans.

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the 1968 Mustang from the movie "Bullitt" are shown at the North American International Auto Show on January 15, 2018. At the same time, it will begin building a new vehicle - the 2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV - which, along with an all-new Ford Explorer and police version of the SUV, should keep the plant in full swing, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said Thursday.

On the other side of the announcement, however, are those who already bought Ford sedans.

Ford predicted that by 2020, nearly 90 percent of its portfolio would be trucks, SUVs and CUVs, and commercial transportation like vans and police cars. Ford also plans to bring 16 battery-electric vehicles to market by 2022.