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Ford to stop selling every car in North America but the Mustang and Focus Active

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All the more reason why you need “The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield” to salvage the memories. Ford today announced it will phase out most cars it sells in North America. According to its latest financial release, the auto giant will “will transition to two vehicles” being the Mustang and an unannounced vehicle, the Focus Active, as the only traditional cars it sells in the region. Ford sees 90 percent of its North America portfolio in trucks, utilities, and commercial vehicles. Citing a reduction in consumer demand and product profitability, Ford is in turn not investing into the next generation sedans. The Taurus is no more.

The press release also talks about a new type of vehicle though it sounds like a crossover. This so-called white space vehicle will “combine the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as higher ride height, space, and versatility.” Currently, Ford sells six sedans and coupes in North America with the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang and Taurus. This lineup hits multiple segments from the compact Fiest to the mid-size Focus, C-Max and Fusion to the full-size Taurus. The Mustang stands alone as the lone coupe.

It’s likely Lincoln’s sedan’s will also disappear though this was not explicitly stated in today’s press release. Lincoln currently sells the mid-size MKZ and full-size Continental — both share platforms with Ford counterparts. If Ford is phasing out the development of sedan platforms, Lincoln will likely suffer, too. This reduction in traditional cars was a long time coming. North America consumers have increasingly turned to crossovers, trucks and SUVs over sedans and small cars. A trip to any parking lot will likely produce more evidence to this movement. There are several factors involved from more fuel efficient and better-equipped trucks and SUVs along with improved safety ratings and ride qualities of these vehicles.

Ford also today reaffirmed its commitment to bringing hybrid-electric powertrains to the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and upcoming Bronco. This announcement comes several weeks after Ford explained in broad terms its love affair of trucks and SUVs. Ford estimates that SUVs could make up as much as half the entire U.S. industry retail market by 2020, and that’s why it’s shifting $7 billion in investment capital from its cars business over to the SUV segment. By 2020, Ford also aims to have high-performance SUVs in the market, including five with hybrid powertrains and one full battery electric model.

With this big hybrid push on the SUV side, Ford expects to go from second to first-place in the U.S. hybrid vehicles market by sales, surpassing current leader Toyota by 2021, thanks also to the forthcoming hybrid Mustang and F-150.

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Corvette Customer Showcase!

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Congratulations to Dana Beck on the purchase of this racing edition 2017 #Corvette#C7R art print. This was a gift to his friend Kenneth Berg. It was quite a challenge drawing all those decals but when you give the customer what they ask for, they always come back for more! Get your custom Corvette high-quality art print here at: The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield

Dodge Challenger Customer Showcase!

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Congratulations to Mark Levatino on the purchase of this sweet Dodge Challenger Daytona art print. In 2015 Mark purchase his Challenger as an SRT8 model. He recently had the car upgraded to the Daytona Edition and ask for a print to reflect the upgrade. This is the result. Get a high-quality art print of your car here at: The Automotive Art of Danny Whitifeld

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Congratulations to Kenneth Meyer on the purchase of this sexy black Corvette Grand Sport art print. Get a print of your Corvette here at:  The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield

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Congratulations to Jeff Whitney on the purchase of this nostalgic Corvette art print featuring all his cars. Yes, that’s Jeff standing by his red Corvette superimposed in the print. Read what Jeff had to say: WOW!! ( I’m blown away! Looking at this print is like a trip down memory lane. Seeing all 4 of my Vettes in one big colorful pic. I need an upgrade from the frame I was going to use. Super job Danny!) That’s what we like to hear, comments that say I did my job. The Automotive Art of Danny Whitfield    http://www.dannywhitfield.com/