Ford to lay off 700 workers due to slow car sales

Demand is down for small cars and hybrids, causing Ford Motor Company to lay off hundreds of workers. 

Gas prices are down, which has affected the sales of more fuel efficient vehicles, such as the C-Max Hybrid and the Focus. Focus sales are down 6 percent and C-Max sales are down 22 percent.

Because of that, 700 workers from the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne will be let go. 

That is the same plant President Obama visited back in January.

"These hybrids, and plug-ins and small cars just are not selling like everybody thought they would. Gas prices, undoubtedly part of the culprit, but that's just not the only thing," says John McElroy of 'Autoline'. "Lincoln sells a hybrid version of the MKZ. For no extra cost, you can have the hybrid. Seventy percent of customers say 'No, thank you. At no extra cost - I'm not interested.' So there's something else going on here that the industry quite hasn't cracked the nut on."

A Ford spokesperson says the employees will be affected this summer. Some hourly employees will join other southeast Michigan plants to fill in for workers going on summer vacations, and some salaried employees may be transferred to other Ford facilities. 

Stay with FOX 2 for more on this developing story. 
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