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Here’s what Ford’s decision to idle plants tells us about car sales

Ford Motor Co. has announced it will idle five plants in North America, but that goes beyond the car maker’s own effort to curb its inventories.

Ford F, +0.09% said Tuesday that production lines in three plants in the U.S. and two in Mexico will go through scheduled downtimes before the end of the year.

The factories in question make low-selling vehicles, including sedans such as the Ford Fiesta subcompact and the Ford Fusion, which have fallen out of favor with consumers who continue to favor SUVs and compact SUVs.

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