Ford Motor Shelves Plans for New Compact Car Family for Emerging Markets

Ford Motor Company is just firmer after Reuters reports the company has shelved plans to produce a new compact car family designed mainly for emerging markets like India and China, industry sources said, reflecting disappointing sales of mainstream models in the world’s fastest growing car markets.

India and China were expected to be the main manufacturing hubs for the new B500 range, slated to begin production in 2018 and to include a premium sedan, hatchback and sport utility vehicle (SUV), two sources with direct knowledge of Ford’s plans told Reuters.

The automaker had also planned to build its new models in Brazil, Russia and Thailand, one of the sources reportedly said.

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