Ford’s polarizing Flex crossover is set to be nixed 2020, according to a statement from Unifor, the union representing the autoworkers that build it.
News of the Flex’s demise inadvertently surfaced November 1 when Canadian automotive union Unifor was offering comments on the last-minute tentative labour agreement it reached with Ford, an agreement which averted impending strike action.
The discontinuation of the Flex would spell an end to its assembly at Ford’s Oakville, Ontario assembly plant, where it’s currently built alongside the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, and Lincoln MKT.
According to Unifor, Ford has big investment plans for the Oakville assembly plant—but Ford’s Flex is not part of them. Instead, Ford is likely to invest in the production of an upgraded Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX in Oakville, according to the union.
During talks, Ford committed to an investment of $700 million in its Canadian manufacturing program; most of this investment is said to be destined for Ford’s Windsor, Ontario assembly plant.
As of mid-summer this year, Canadian year-to-date sales of the Flex were up a staggering 49.6 percent, according to data published by GoodCarBadCar. Even so, the automaker sold a relatively meager 381 units across the nation in July, making up a relatively thin margin of Ford’s overall sales figures.
While the Flex may have had some modest sales figures, it consistently received high customer satisfaction scores; that said, its polarizing looks and unconventionally boxy design appealed to a small subset of crossover buyers.
In addition to reaching an agreement for increased investment into the Oakville and Windsor assembly plants, Unifor secured wage increases for its Canadian workers employed by Ford.
Under the terms of the newly struck deal, new Ford employees can look forward to a $6,000 signing bonus while all unionized Ford employees are set to receive three $2,000 annual bonuses and two two-percent wage increases, should the tentative deal be ratified by members.