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Ford’s sedan-killing move is a bet on the future of driving

Ford Motor Co.’s move to drop sedans from its lineup is equal parts turnaround bid and a calculated bet on the future of driving.

Ford F, +1.05% late Wednesday surprised markets by saying it will stop making sedans for the North American market, killing such cars as the Fiesta and the Taurus.

Surviving the cut are the iconic muscle car Mustang, and an all-new Focus Active crossover, coming out next year.

If auto industry experts have it right, the move was the correct one.

It sharpens the company’s focus on U.S. drivers’ current preference for SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks.

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