Ford Is 'Transitioning' to Just 2 Car Models

The president of the Ford Motor Company calls it a big a shift from cars to utility vehicles and that shift will make auto dealership lots like Simmons Rockwell near Hallstead look a lot different.

The company expects that by 2020 nearly 90% of its portfolio will be trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles.

The brand will also axe its larger Taurus saloon, meaning the only cars Ford will sell in its home market from the next decade will be the Mustang (below) and upcoming Focus Active crossover.

One of North America's largest vehicle makers is shrinking its product line to save money and stay competitive in the auto market, company officials said.

Hackett said the plan also calls for Ford either fixing or dumping unprofitable global operations.

Ford said the changes will not require additional investment but will instead be enabled by freeing up $11.5 billion (about £10bn) from existing programmes. Savings will come from engineering, product development, marketing, materials and manufacturing.

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid Ford Fusion have finite futures too, although the automaker didn't specify when Fusion production would end.

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"We have looked at every single part of the business", Shanks said.

For more than a century, the giant American automaker has been associated with cars. That includes a 10 percent pretax margin in North America.

Ford's revenue worldwide increased 7 percent to $42 billion for the quarter.

Ford's board replaced its chief executive officer with Jim Hackett last year.He is a cost-cutter who is prepared to make the sort of audacious gambles that Wall Street thinks have been missing. Analysts had on average expected earnings per share of $1.24.

Ford outlined the bold strategy shifts in a news release about its first-quarter financial results, which continues a streak of billion-dollar profits. Profits before taxes fell to $2.2 billion from $2.5 billion.

So what Ford vehicles are being dropped?

Shanks said Ford is “unleashing the creativity of the teams to challenge norms, challenge conventions.” Cuts and efficiencies are not done yet, he said. He adds that Ford will do "whatever it takes" to fix low-performing areas.

Ford says that Lincoln sedans, including the Continental, will not be phased out.

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