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Ford said it will end production of the popular Focus RS hot hatch on April 6 after a limited run of 50 "Heritage Edition" cars to be sold in the United Kingdom.
Spy photos suggest the new Ford Focus coming next year will have a larger footprint and a new profile.
Starting next year, Ford will go about a year without building a single Focus for North America — and the market may not even notice. Slumping sales have turned the car into an imported afterthought.
Ford's decision to move production of the Focus to China shows that automakers continue to grapple with building small cars that can be sold profitably in the U.S.
Ford plans to import its next-generation Focus sedan from China, abandoning plans to build the small car in Mexico. Production will begin in the second half of 2019.
Ford has ended European series production of the full-electric version of its Focus as it shifts its strategy for low-emission vehicles to hybrid delivery vans.
Ford has been spotted testing the next-generation Focus hatchback in Europe. The redesigned Focus is expected to come out late next year as a 2019 model.
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