Ford Flex History
The Ford Flex has helped the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker transition out of the minivan market and into a leader in utility vehicles. The Ford Flex is a full-size crossover utility vehicle, which is technically considered a CUV. The Flex’s distinct styling and unrivaled functionality has set it apart from the rest of the field over its five year run.
The Ford Flex was made available to consumers in the summer of 2008 as a 2009 model, and began production at Ford’ Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant. Based off Ford’s Fairlane concept, the Flex was created to replace the Ford Freestar minivan, and was the first CUV to combine both minivan and SUV characteristics.
The Ford Flex remained in its first generation through 2014, although a refresh in 2013 kept styling fresh.
Ford continues to enhance the Ford Flex without seriously altering its distinct styling. Recent additions have focused on technology and the driver experience, and include Active Park Assist and other driver assistance features. As with all Ford vehicles, the Flex has welcomed the arrival of EcoBoost engines, and offers several under its hood.
Sales of the Ford Flex
Ford Flex sales reached their pinnacle in 2010 when Ford sold more than 34,000 units. Since that mark, Ford has consistently sold between 26,000-29,000 units annually, which has some experts predicting a new generation of Flex, while other believe its run will end all together.