Ford to Fold Flex, Union Says

16Ford_FLEX_OEM.jpg 2016 Ford Flex | Manufacturer image

CARS.COM — Sad news, Ford Flex fans: As of 2020, the esoteric SUV will be no more. According to USA Today, Canadian autoworkers union Unifor revealed that Ford’s Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, where the Flex is manufactured, will cease building the well-liked but marginally popular seven-seat SUV despite a 13 percent increase in sales in the first nine months of 2016.

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Ford officials would not confirm the Flex’s discontinuation, USA Today stated, but Unifor reported that the move would accompany increased investment in the Oakville plant to focus on the production of upgraded Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs; no word on the MKT, which shares architecture with the Flex. The decision to cease Flex production reportedly resulted from union contract negotiations that narrowly averted a strike.

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