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The Ford Flex, its oldest SUV, is discontinued



Ford's oldest commercial vehicle is discontinued after a decade.

The Flex has been one of the automaker's least-sold family cars since its introduction as a 2009 model. Despite numerous positive reviews, the fancy, box-shaped design of the commercial vehicle has never really caught on to consumers, and its chief designer left the company just months after his debut. It was the first Ford brand model to offer one of the company's now ubiquitous EcoBoost turbo engines.

  The Flex was slightly revised for the 2013 model year.

The flex was slightly revised for the 2013 model year.
(Ford)

The Flex reached a high of 38,000 in its first full year on the market, but was soon overshadowed by the launch of a brand new Ford Explorer in 2011, which had a more conventional SUV look. Ford sold 250,000 Explorers in 2018 alone, while fewer than 300,000 Flexes were sold throughout the run.

Ford has not announced when the last Flex will roll off at its Oakville Assembly Complex in Canada. However, the facility has built the last Lincoln MKT, which shared its platform earlier this month.

The Explorer has been completely redesigned for 2020.

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