(Crain’s Detroit) – Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Assembly Plant will stop building the Focus and C-Max in 2018 it said Thursday, a sign that the automaker sees slow demand for small cars to continue in the foreseeable future.

Ford did not say where it would move Focus and C-Max assembly or which vehicles would replace them at the plant in Wayne, which employs more than 4,000 workers. The Focus and C-Max are due to be redesigned for the 2018 model year.

“We actively are pursuing future vehicle alternatives to produce at Michigan Assembly,” Ford said in a statement, “and will discuss this issue with UAW leadership as part of the upcoming negotiations.”

UAW leaders, who are scheduled to formally open talks with Ford on July 23, posted a letter to their members on Facebook saying they are “extremely confident” Ford would assign a new product to Michigan Assembly and “maintain a full production schedule” at the plant.


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