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Funny But Useful Ford Flex To Be Killed Off

Love it or hate. That is all about the Flex. Nothing else. If quirky and strange is your thing it is hard not to love this thing. Yet, the number of modern SUVs ate away its buyers and now, after what seems like a century on the market, Ford is pulling the plug on the Ford Flex. Yes, the Flex is no more. Ok, not right now, but according to Canadian auto workers union Unifor, the Flex will go out of production in 2020. Three more years on the market will make it 12 years old and that is a lot even for a car strange as the Flex.

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It seems Ford will focus on the Ford Edge and the Lincoln MKX. Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex in Oakville, Ontario, Canada produces both cars. Furthermore, Ford is looking to establish an even better presence in Ontario releasing them of the slow-selling model. Flex has been on a steady decline over the past few years. People seem to pass the seven-seat minivan which lacks in terms of interior refinement and advanced technology. Plus, it is a minivan and that is not exactly a good thing to be in the world of today. If you want to reach out to people – be an SUV.

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As many media outlets report, the Ford Flex is actually on the rise in 2016, but even with 17,034 units sold (13.1 percent rise), it still makes only 0.89 percent of total Ford sales. This can’t make a profitable business case for a massive company.

Ford Flex is still available and that with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine developing  355hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Available as a six or seven seater, the model is still one of the biggest on the market. And, yes it does have an all-wheel drive system. This all hints at the second nature of the Flex. While it is a Minivan it seems it does want to be an SUV at the same time. Even its sister model Lincoln MKT shares that vision. As a matter of a fact, no one is sure as of now what will happen with the MKT which is, more or less, only a premium, plusher version of the Flex.

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