I really, really like the Ford Flex. It's daring styling, cavernous, stylish and comfortable interior, and available EcoBoost engine are all true difference makers in the sea-of-beige segment in which it competes. Despite being a thoroughly wonderful crossover, sales never quite lived up to the very lofty (and unrealistic, I might add) expectations. With the Flex's platform-mate Explorer now a home run success, is there room for the funky Flex to stick around?
Full-year sales for 2009 totaled a very respectable 38,717, followed by 34,227 in 2010 and slipping to 27,428 in 2011. Carrying an average transaction price around $40,000, Flex's smaller sales numbers could easily be offset by a more generous profit margin. Ford also has claimed a Flex victory in attracting a very high conquest rates and coastal sales; a perennial trouble spot for the blue oval brand.
A restyled version of the Flex goes into production next week at Ford's Oakville, Ontario assembly plant alongside the smaller Edge crossover, as well as Lincoln's MKX and MKT. This refreshed Flex should carry through the 2015 model year, but what about after that?