Ford to phase out Mondeo sedan production in Europe in early 2022

March 25, 2021 9:28 AM EDT

FILE PHOTO: Ford logo is pictured at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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(Reuters) - Ford Motor said on Thursday it expects to phase out production of its Mondeo sedan in Europe in early 2022, as the U.S. auto maker shifts its focus to electric and sport utility vehicles.

The company also reaffirmed all its passenger vehicles in Europe will be fully electric or plug-in hybrids by mid-2026 and all-electric by 2030.

The move comes as Ford is investing heavily in developing connected electric vehicles, with plans to spend $22 billion in electrification through 2025.

Ford also said it will build its 2.5-litre duratec hybrid engine, which powers its Kuga plug-in hybrid and other models, at its Valencia engine plant in Spain from late 2022.

The duratec hybrid engine is currently built at Ford's Chihuahua engine plant in Mexico.

(Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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