Production of slow-selling models will end in June, with no replacements due, as part of European cost-cutting plan
29 March 2019

Ford has confirmed that it will end production of the B-Max and C-Max MPVs as part of its wide-reaching strategy to return to profitability in Europe.

The two people carriers, long rumoured for the chop after years of slow sales across the continent, will be built until the end of June at Ford’s factory in Saarlouis, Germany. There will be a switch to a two-shift operating pattern, with night shift production ended.

Ford to 'redesign' European business

Ford claims the measures have been approved “to create a sustainably profitable business in Germany and Europe”. The Saarlouis plant will continue to produce the Focus, with “higher-margin variants” such as the Active and ST to be prioritised in order to improve margins. 

Earlier this month, Ford announced that it would cut more 5000 jobs in Germany and an as-yet-undetailed number in the UK while it attempts to restructure its European business and return to financial health.

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The Ford C-Max MPV is as much fun to drive as it is easy to live with, if you're more interested in storage than the driving dynamics you'll find in an SUV

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Further job cuts, possible plant closures and model line trimmings are expected to follow. The American manufacturer employs 53,000 people across Europe, including 12,000 in the UK. 

Sales of the C-Max and seven-seat Grand C-Max have been slowing as customers switch to SUVs such as the Kuga, with just 53,000 sold in Europe last year – a 21% drop on 2017. 

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29 March 2019

Sign of the times I suppose crossovers & SUV's for everyone. Ford never pushed the C-Max which could be one reason it didnt sell too well - no Nav even in the top models. The B-Max ended productions over a year ago so a bit slow on that one Autocar.

29 March 2019
If you need 7 seats, as I do, an SUV is rubbish. The rearmost seats are for dwarves. We have a Touran and a Sharan. Trying to shoehorn our kids into our previous X5 became a tad boring.

30 March 2019
jag150 wrote:

If you need 7 seats, as I do, an SUV is rubbish. The rearmost seats are for dwarves. We have a Touran and a Sharan. Trying to shoehorn our kids into our previous X5 became a tad boring.

 

it would but you could buy a car from the Discovery range one of the Peugeot SUVs. 

30 March 2019
mgbv8man wrote:

Sign of the times I suppose crossovers & SUV's for everyone. Ford never pushed the C-Max which could be one reason it didnt sell too well - no Nav even in the top models. The B-Max ended productions over a year ago so a bit slow on that one Autocar.

No it’s not sign of the times. Just look at the dreadful things, would anyone been caught dead in one? Thought not. Don’t worry I found things like the Sharan equally loathesome.

The only good looking MPV is the Renault Scenic.

29 March 2019

Maybe moving the production of the Focus to a Eastern European country will vastly improve profits. Mind you, The Valencia plant makes the Kuga which is based on the Focus so it makes sense to shut Saarloius and combine both The Focus and Kuga production at Valencia.

29 March 2019

Excellent idea closing "extra high cost" Saarlouis...............but first Ford has got to get the German unions to agree to it & unlike British unions that just give up, the German one's won't.

29 March 2019

This bit of news will, I think, be greeted in much the same way as the news that Infiniti would be pulling out.

Ie, to the dissapointment of almost no-one.

JMax

29 March 2019
A coincidence. I was having my Touran washed this afternoon and a Grand C Max pulled in next to me. I thought, that is one ugly car, why do they still make it?

jer

29 March 2019

Bit of rake sliding doors, space and 7 seats good to drive just a typical ford interior let it down. 

29 March 2019

IM WEEPING

NO IM CRYING

NO wait its not that bad bro, now you wont have to go for eye tests every time you see one.

but wait there's still PLENTY on autotrader which arent selling if your so sad why dont you buy one of there they're only a couple of bucks.

#IDONTPROOFREAD

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