On April 4, Ford assembled the last Mondeo at its Valencia plant after five generations and three decades of continuous production. It was not too long before reports began to cast doubt on Focus’ future Automotive News Europas sister magazine car week says production will be sharply reduced after August 29th. Why? Well, you can blame your neighbors for buying all those crossovers to the detriment of traditional cars.
As it turns out, it is much worse than that for the Volkswagen Golf competitor, as the compact model will be completely discontinued in 2025. This actually means that the facelifted Mk4 is the last of the breed, as there are no plans for a potential revival of the once hugely popular moniker of the EV era. As a side note – the Focus was offered as an electric hatchback during the Mk3 era.
In an interview today with journalists, Ford of Europe chief honcho Stuart Rowley confirmed the planned death of Focus. It seems that the future of the Saarlouis plant in Germany is uncertain, as Blue Oval admits that it has not found a solution to keep the plant up and running after the car’s cessation in about three years:
“We are looking for other alternative car manufacturing options in Saarlouis, including [selling to] other manufacturers. We do not have an additional model in our planning cycle that goes into Saarlouis. “
Remember that both Mondeo and Focus are also built in China for the local market. In fact, the medium-sized model has recently been passed on to a new generation, which means it will be available for a long time in the People’s Republic. The smaller car went through a nip and tuck, which also suggests it is stuck.
Meanwhile, the Global Focus has been hit hard by the supply shortage, which has caused waiting times to exceed 12 months. One of the main problems stems from the SYNC4 infotainment system made in war-torn Ukraine, causing massive delays.
Stuart Rowley admitted there will be “significant” job cuts in Saarlouis, where Ford employs 4,600 people.
“The reality of the industry is that the production of electric cars will require fewer people.”