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There has been nothing confirmed that the Escape is going away. I would wait for the official news before you worry too much about this.
Yes, I understand that we just need to wait and see. There just seems to be a pattern here with the Edge not being continued. I get that the car companies are trying to increase total product average MPG by making changes in engine choice and moving the consumer toward EV's but I am not sold on EV's yet.
 

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Thanks for this valuable and interesting posting !
I have a 2020 Hybrid Titanium and it is my favorite vehicle of 3.
My wife prefers Toyota, and we just purchased a new Hybrid Venza (really a working-man's Lexus RX-350 Hybrid).
During the purchase, we spoke to the manager, and he said three things that reinforce the article you provided.

1) Toyota is immediately stopping gas-only production of all vehicles - "What you see on the lot is the last of them we will ever have".
2) The Hybrids and EVs will have reduced model-types, which is the explanation for the old klunky Venza being replaced with the RX-350. And Corolla will have an SUV, hybrid or EV.
3) Toyota thinks the chip-shortage is essentially permanent. Which is driving alot of these decisions.
I work for a firm which makes the giant tester-systems used to final-test chips.
Our lead-times have increased 12-18 months and customers like Infineon and NXP and Renasas that make car-chips are all offering large purchase increases just to get ANYTHING that will increase production capacity.
We can't get chips to make the big-tester systems used to make more chips.
Disturbing, really.
 

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My youngest son is getting my Escape and I'm closing to receiving a Bronco Sport Badlands. The Bronco Sport is a better fit for me. The Escape Titanium is probably a bit much for a first car but it's all I've got to offer him.
 
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My youngest son is getting my Escape and I'm closing to receiving a Bronco Sport Badlands. The Bronco Sport is a better fit for me. The Escape Titanium is probably a bit much for a first car but it's all I've got to offer him.
I just gave my Escape to my son for his 18th birthday/graduation present. It’s great for a first vehicle.
 

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Farley does not want to sell “commodity vehicles” like Edge or Escape. Many companies make a ton of profit on commodity vehicles and other industries like computers or appliances.
Yes, but Ford doesn't. That's the problem. They lose money on commodity vehicles because 1- competitor vehicles are more compelling (they have no pricing power) and 2 - they have much higher warranty costs than their competition (the WSJ had and article about this - they're spending over $1400 per vehicle in warranty repairs).

So Ford needs to focus on high-margin vehicles that are purchased out of passion, like the Bronco and Mustang, niches where there isn't much competition or they have an advantage (Maverick), and EVs.
 
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