I think Ford has the best safety net. With a big slice of the European market, the land of high gas prices (ask me about that, I'm British by birth and lived there for many years), they are not phasing out the Ford Focus, they're just not selling it in the US anymore. If the high gas prices come back to the US, so does the Ford Focus, ready-made and ready to sell - a cheap, economical, well known and quite well regarded little car. Strange question, on a related theme, but were gas prices the reason Ford brought the (British) Mk2 Cortina into the US for a while in the early '70s, or was it just an experiment?Sad. From where I stand, it seems that the U.S. auto makers are behind the curve and unable to catch up to real-time consumer demand.
Closing down the plants that build sedans in order to focus on building trucks and SUVs is a reaction to the current (relatively) low fuel prices.
About the time they've accomplished this current shift in build-focus, gas prices will rise, as they inevitably do, and the demand for trucks/SUVs will tank.
And as usual, the 'big three' will be left scratching their heads and scrambling to catch up once again.
Not 100% sure about depreciation at this point. Once the sedans stop rolling off, those who want them will be looking used market. The Buick SUVs ... probably not so much.Hmmmm...wondering if I should be considering an Encore at all. It sounds as though the Buick brand name could be on the way out. If they drop the sedans, what happens if fuel prices go up and everyone runs away from SUVs? My proposed Encore could end up being a depreciating orphan.