This was a predictable move. Nonetheless, in its near 12-year run, almost 300,000 Ford Flex found new homes.
Most automotive outlets and media in North America have wondered when this was going to happen. The Ford Flex, albeit a cool SUV-cum-minivan, never managed to replace the once popular Ford Freestar/Windstar minivan. The Lincoln MKT never really managed to do anything…
In the last 18 months or so, Ford has announced some fairly aggressive plans to revamp not only the vast majority of its line of products, but in the process, attempt to re-establish itself as an automotive leader and innovator in North America, and the world.
North America, at the very least, wants more SUVs and Ford Flex and related Lincoln MKT aren’t cutting it. Production, at the Oakville Assembly plant in Ontario, of both vehicles will cease at the end of November and will be followed by a series of 450 layoffs. This is on top of the 200 September layoffs that were completed to match customer demand with vehicle supply.
We’ve been fans of the Ford Flex since the onset. There was nothing like it in 2008, and there still isn’t. While the 3.5-litre V6 versions were adequate on all points, we’re convinced that the few $50,000+ EcoBoost versions that were sold as of 2013 will become classics before long.
Moving forward, no plans have been announced for the plant which also assembles the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus.