• Jul 23, 2008

Click above high-res gallery of the 2009 Ford Flex

Ford has been banking on strong sales of its crossover vehicles to help counter the sinking ship that is its line of SUVs. While the new Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, along with the brand new Ford Flex and revised Escape, have sold well enough to post a meager 2.8-percent gain in overall sales so far this year, that number apparently isn't high enough to warrant a third shift at Ford's Oakville, Ontario plant that the automaker was hoping would be necessary. Unfortunately, this shift cancelation means that 350 workers who had planned on showing up for their first day next Monday are now left jobless.

While there are certainly buyers out there who require the capability to haul around their entire families and their associated gear, all large passenger vehicles -- crossovers like the new Flex included -- face an uphill battle now to overcome current market conditions, as this latest announcement once again proves.


[Source: Courier-Journal]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have never wanted a ford product because GM has always been good to me. I wish people would wake up and think before knocking AMERICAN car companys. GM, FORD and CHRYSLER helped make this country and we need them more than ever RIGHT NOW!!! Please think about the familys and our friends and how they would suffer. I DO!!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I work for Chrysler. I always have a new Chrysler in my driveway every 3 to 4 years. That is the car my wife and kids use. My other two cars were purchased used and are a GM and Ford product. I support all three American companies and always will, regardless of who I work for. Richard Durham has made a very valid point. I can't stress enough how important it is now to support OUR car companies and the people they employ!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Flex is a squared-off mini-van with a six cylinder engine and similar gas mileage. If you like it you like it. If you hate it you hate it. The truth is if Toyota or Honda came out with something similar (ie. Highlander) there would be no controversy. It would be sheer genius according to the automotive journalists. So quit sticking it to the American big 3 when they produce a similar product. It will be a well built vehicle, that is what Oakville Assembly builds. And no I don't work for Ford, I actually work up the 410 at Chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Flex is an intriguing design, and will do better than it would have if it had been styled in a less polarizing way. But it is big and heavy. With some foresight, it could have offered essentially the same room and utility, without so much exterior bulk and overall weight. Hopefully Ford is keeping this in mind for the 2012 update.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I can see why they are cancelling the third shift after looking at this thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the flex but consumers are having a knee jerk reaction to high gas prices and jumping to the extreme left of econo cars. I think for many people these cross-overs that are supposed to be the new SUV are still too big and wasteful with the uknown of gas prices over the next couple of years. In time people will adjust to the price and move a little more towards these vehicles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Flex looks like an ugly, drunken bloated Mini. The current "stylists" at Ford should be shot as they've produced some of the most hideous vehicles of all time. The focus, fusion, flex, the taurus or whatever they call it this week, the MKZ, and the list goes on. The workers get punished for having a design staff recruited from the School for the Blind. Hasn't anyone at Ford ever seen a Benz? or even a Hyundai? I wouldn't be seen standing near a flex, much less buy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pre-fail?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's with Ford's seeming inability to STOP MAKING SUVs? Go ahead and call it a crossover all you want, but most people still see these kinds of vehicles as SUVs no matter what you tell them. The stigma is not so easy to shake, just like the Pinto soured American's taste for hatchbacks for decades to come. Ford better start delivering the cars people are asking for... and fast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I feel bad for the workers but when you try to sell a trainwreck like the Flex you're not going to be able to count on it to carry sales. The Edge and Escape are great vehicles with a lot of appeal. The Flex? Not so much.