Ford will discontinue the once popular Edge crossover. The last copy will roll off the assembly line at the plant in Oakville, Canada, on April 26, 2024, Unifor Local 707 reports, citing company management. The model, which has been produced since 2006, was a success – more than 130 thousand units were sold in the United States in the first year alone, but during the coronavirus pandemic, demand for Edge dropped to 85 thousand cars. Instead of a fuel crossover, the Canadian plant will begin production of five electric models.
Ford Edge first debuted in early 2006 at the Detroit Auto Show, after which it entered the assembly line of a plant in Canada, where it is produced to this day. It is a 4.7-meter-long midsize crossover that is available in the United States with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. During its existence, the model changed generations and was updated several times. It has won a number of awards, including “Best Family Car” (Parents Magazine, 2007) and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.
Returning to the Oakville plant, it will be invested $1.45 billion and equipped to produce five electric models. The first of them will appear in 2025, and all five will be on the production line by 2028.