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RIP Ford Flex: The retro-inspired wagon that refused to conform (finally) meets its demise

Ford Flex production has wrapped up.

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When it debuted in 2008, the Ford Flex was cute and fun, a reminder of the possibilities of unique car design in an era where sedans were similar, and crossovers were just starting to grab a foothold.

Ford never sold a lot of Flexes; around 272,000 total in the last 11 years. Toyota sold that many RAVs in the first 6.5 months of 2019. But it did earn a tremendous following of owners who loved their Flex.

2005 Ford Fairlane Concept Before the Flex came to market as a 2009 model, it was shown in 2005 as a concept called the Fairlane.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Why did they love it? The space. The Ford Flex was one few vehicles without Subaru badging that tall adults could comfortably sit in. Its retro interior was fun to look at, with unique detailing in the same way as what is in the modern Mini Cooper.

Its three rows meant that owners had room for their kids and stuff without feeling like they absolutely had to invest in a large SUV or minivan.

2013 Ford Flex Its earliest years were the most popular for the Flex. This model is a 2013. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

On top of it all, the Flex's styling was unique.

"Flex broke the mold. It had both crossover and minivan elements in a hip, trendy package that stood out from what was becoming a really boring minivan segment," said Chris Kessler, Ford Flex marketing manager. "Its design traced its roots to the traditional family station wagons that many of our customers remember growing up with, but it brought forward modern sport/utility design elements and features both parents and kids loved."

2019 Ford Flex The Ford Flex will end production with the 2019 model year.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford announced the model's abbreviated timeline well in advance of this final production notice.

The Flex was assembled at Ford's Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada. The plant currently produces the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus. By halting production of the Flex, Ford is one step closer to announcing its forthcoming electrified models. The company had previously announce that they are is aiming to replace 75 percent of its current portfolio by the end of 2020.

Michael Martinez of Automotive News reported today that Ford will lay off 450 workers in Canada as part of the stoppage.

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Carvana has revealed which used cars customers are searching for the most.

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Used car seller Carvana has released its list of the used vehicles that are most sought after by Texas shoppers. The list is mostly made up of the usual suspects - perennial best-sellers in their class. Cars, trucks, and SUVs are all represented in the rankings.

One of the most popular models is the Ford F-150, a full-size truck that is the best-selling vehicle in the country. Its rivals, the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan do not make the list.

Despite being the best-selling new SUV, the Toyota RAV4 does not make thIs list of used vehicles in high demand in Texas. However, its competition does. The Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, and Ford Escape are popular in Texas's biggest cities.

Carvana has vending machine locations in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas. The company can also deliver vehicles to customers. What's popular in those towns? They have broken the list down by city. You can find Houston's most popular here, Austin's here, San Antonio's info here, and Dallas picks here.

Here are the top five used vehicles Texas shoppers are searching for.

No. 5 - Ford Fusion

2019 Ford Fusion


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The Ford Fusion is a comfortable commuter car. It is available in a hybrid version, which achieves excellent fuel economy. All Fusion models share a similar interior design with comfortable seating and an easy-to-use infotainment system.

No. 4 - Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima

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The Nissan Altima was recently redesigned but even if you go for an older model, you'll still be getting a comfortable and fuel-efficient midsize car.

No. 3 - Nissan Rogue

2019 Nissan Rogue Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Nissan Rogue delivers premium level appointments in higher grades and can come equipped with the company's high-tech driver assistance system - just two of the factors that make it desirable.

No. 2- Toyota Camry

2019 Toyota Camry Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The Toyota Camry has many of the same desirable characteristics as the Toyota Corolla. It's reliable and comes standard with a long list of safety features. It's spacious, comfortable, and easy to drive.

No. 1 - Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 These five used cars have the highest demand in Dallas and Fort Worth according to Carvana Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Whether you're buying a new Ford F-150 or one that's a few years old, you're getting a strong and capable truck that is equally as comfortable on-road as it is off, worksite included.

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The Nissan Rogue is one of the most sought-after used cars in Atlanta.

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Used car seller Carvana has released its list of the used vehicles that are most sought after by Atlanta, Georgia area shoppers. The list is mostly made up of the usual suspects - perennial best-sellers in their class. Here are the top five.

No. 5 - Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

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The Toyota Corolla is one of the best-selling cars in the world. It’s perennially reliable, fuel efficient, and some with a good suite of standard safety technology.

No. 4 - Nissan Rogue

2020 Nissan Rogue Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The Nissan Rogue delivers premium level appointments in higher grades and can come equipped with the company’s high-tech driver assistance system - just two of the factors that make it desirable.

No. 3 - Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The Honda Accord is a comfortable, fuel-efficient, reliable model. Buyers like its passenger and cargo space, along with its easy driveability.

No. 2 - Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima

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The Nissan Altima was recently redesigned but even if you go for an older model, you’ll still be getting a comfortable and fuel-efficient midsize car.

No. 1 - Toyota Camry

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The Toyota Camry has many of the same desirable characteristics as the Toyota Corolla. It’s reliable and comes standard with a long list of safety features. It’s spacious, comfortable, and easy to drive.

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