California gubernatorial candidates Assemblyman Travis Allen, State Treasurer John Chiang, businessman John Cox, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa debate at USC in January. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom. (Korea Summit Press Pool / AFP/Getty Images)
Axel Vasquez, 7, left, and his brother Neymar, 5, play in the frontyard of their home on Percy Street in Boyle Heights. Their yard has an elevated lead level, but it’s not high enough to qualify for the state’s priority list for cleanup. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Ford ( said on Wednesday the only passenger car models it plans to keep on the market in North America will be the Mustang and the upcoming Ford Focus Active, a crossover-like hatchback that’s slated to debut in 2019. )
That means the Fiesta, Taurus, Fusion and the regular Focus will disappear in the United States and Canada.
Ford will, however, continue to offer its full gamut of trucks, SUVs and crossovers.
By 2020, “almost 90 percent of the Ford portfolio in North America will be trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles,” the press release says. “The company is also exploring new ‘white space’ vehicle silhouettes that combine the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as higher ride height, space and versatility.”
By “white space,” the company is referring to vehicles that don’t fall neatly into the typical categories.
Ford has hinted it might decide to retire much of its sedan portfolio. Earlier this year, James Farley, the company’s president of global markets, said Ford is “shifting from cars to utilities,” which have been a bigger profit driver. It also reallocated $7 billion of research funds from cars to SUVs and trucks.
And it’s not just Ford. Fiat Chrysler ( did away with the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 more than a year ago. And )General Motors ( decided to scale back production of the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac ATS and CTS. )
—Peter Valdes-Dapena and Chris Isidore contributed to this report.
CNNMoney (New York) First published April 25, 2018: 7:49 PM ET
May 23, 1958: Officers Tom Reynolds, left, and M. E. Yarbrough search one of the cars destroyed by fire as storage tanks at Hancock Oil Co., plant continue to burn in the background. This photo appeared in the May 24, 1958, Los Angeles Times. (John Malmin / Los Angeles Times)