Bold Move by Ford Mirrors the Change in Industry

Last week, Ford’s CEO, Jim Hackett, announced that in the coming years, Ford would be eliminating their extensive lineup of sedans and coupes.  

Over the past few years, sedan sales have plummeted and left automakers questioning the future of the automotive industry.  By 2022, the only passenger car that will be available by Ford will be the Mustang, which has gained a cult-like following since it’s debut in 1964.

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Time, money, and efforts are shifting to grand interest in SUVs, Crossovers, and the world-famous Ford Truck lineup.  By eliminating their full-size sedan, the Taurus, their mid-size Fusion, and compact Fiesta, Ford will be able to shift their sights to the rising trend of larger, family-friendly sport utility vehicles.  

“We’re going to feed the healthy parts of our business and deal decisively with the areas that destroy value,” said Hackett to NBC News.

Over the next two years, Ford plans on introducing 5 more SUV models to their inventory. Now that factory space at their Wayne, Michigan location is free from producing sedans, they will have the capability to support such a new line of vehicles.  Also in their Wayne, MI factory, Ford plans on bringing back new designs of the formerly dropped styles: The Ranger pickup truck, and the Bronco SUV.

The reemergence of these vehicles underscores the surge in light pickup and SUV sales – and not only from Ford. Automakers such as General Motors, Honda, and Toyota have noticed a large shift in sales in their light truck models.  

However, the real surge in new vehicle sales is coming from the utility sport vehicles and newer crossover vehicles.  In fact, these vehicles account for more than half of the new vehicles sold in America. Light trucks, SUVs, and Crossovers account for almost 65% of sales in the United States for new cars.  So it’s no wonder that automakers are focusing their attention away from sedans and coupes.

While this is certainly a bold move by Ford, they are by no means the only automakers following the trends.  This will only make the industry harder, since the market for SUVs and crossovers will be so heavily saturated.

Other automakers following suit are Chevrolet, who is eliminating the Cruze, to free up factory space in order to meet the demands of the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 Crossover. The fate of the compact Sonic hatchback and mid-size sedan, the Impala, are being reviewed.

Over time, the industry may shift back to a popularity of sedans due to a potential rise in energy prices, but trucks and SUVs are becoming more fuel efficient as technology advances. In fact, the new F-150 is estimated to reach 30 miles per gallon, and the introduction of new hybrids and electric SUVs and Crossovers could take fuel out of the equation entirely.  

Sedans are far from extinct – but America has spoken – and automakers are listening.  

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

One month into 2018 and there’s a good chance that you haven’t stuck with your New Year’s Resolutions. If you had a hard time coming up with a resolution that was easy to keep all year long, no worries!

Here’s a simple and effective goal to keep up all year: Keep Your Car Maintained

Compared to larger, more life-changing resolutions, this may seem trivial, but think about it: When your child is sick, you take them to the doctor. When your dog eats your TV remote, you take him to the vet. Your car is responsible for getting your kids safely to and from their activities, getting you to work on time everyday, and getting you to the beach in the summer. Why not take care of your vehicle and give it the love it deserves?

Keep the Inside Clean

On a nice day, spend some time getting the interior of your car looking nice again. Clean out any trash and put a small trash receptacle in the front so you can empty it easily while you are getting gas or as you walk into work.  Keeping trash off the floor can make your car look clean without much effort.

Vacuum the floor mats and seats to clean up any crumbs, dirt, or grime that builds up over time. If you are feeling really ambitious, remove the floor mats and deep clean with a carpet cleaner and shampoo.  

 

Using a dusting cloth to wipe down your dash and surfaces in the car help give your car a fresh start.  It’s amazing what a little TLC can do!

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Even if there are no glaring issues with your vehicle, scheduling bi-annual service appointments helps keep your car in prime condition.  Your mechanic or dealership will check your car’s exterior and interior and run diagnostics to ensure your car is running smoothly.  Keeping it regularly maintained leads into our next point…

Be Proactive

While you’re driving, if you start to hear an odd noise (everyone is familiar with the dreaded buzzzzzz or whirllll of a mysterious car malfunction!), call your mechanic or dealership immediately to make an appointment.  The sooner you can get it checked out, the sooner a problem may be caught, saving you potentially thousands of dollars down the road.

Being attentive to your car and its needs is important to keep it on the road for as long as possible.

Keep Your Fluids Topped Off

Your car’s fluids are like it’s bloodstream. Maintaining the fluid levels and their quality is crucial to your car’s performance.  Regular oil changes prevent the oil from being old and thick in consistency, which can wreak havoc on your motor. Wiper fluid should be monitored and topped off in order to ensure your visibility as you drive down the road, as well as keeping an eye on your coolant, to make sure your car does not overheat.

Check Your Tires and Their Condition

As you are maintaining your vehicle, don’t neglect your tires.  Important to your car’s performance and your safety, keep an eye on your tire’s tread and air pressure.  If your tire pressure is too low, you run the risk of getting a flat tire.  The tread on your tire is important for traction, especially during the winter months and rainy seasons to prevent hydroplaning.  When you get your car serviced, ask for a tire rotation so your tires wear down evenly, saving you money and keeping you as safe as possible.

When you get your vehicle serviced at Trust Auto, you can be sure that your vehicle is in the best possible hands and that your car will be serviced by trusted professionals.