• Jul 10th 2006 at 5:03PM
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With the clock winding down on its slow-selling minivans, a Ford Motor executive has finally confirmed that a production version of the Ford Fairlane concept car is planned for 2008, after months of rumors and reports. According to suppliers, Lincoln will also get a version of the new crossover. This news comes after The Detroit News cited "insiders" within the company last month who claimed the Fairlane had gotten the go-ahead. AutoWeek's source is a company executive who didn't want to be identified.

The new vehicle will replace the Monterey and Freestar minivans in the three-rows-of-seats market segment, but at this stage little else is known about the final form of the car. As we reported back in February, both the Ford and Lincoln models will be built at Ford's Oakville, Ontario plant.

As we reported earlier, the Ford production version of the concept car is unlikely to carry the Fairlane badge. No word on the hybrid version, also rumored in February, but with Ford backing off on its hybrid promises of late, that's not surprising.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      this aint no minivan its a cuv/suv ok dumb people at ford build it and let it compete with your new edge ! and the 17 other suvs ya already got and yet you wont give us a euro focus, when the market is screaming very loudly for fuel efficient cars !!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        How are minivan Sales doing these days anyway? There the best thing a company can do In my opinion, I havent stopped buying Dodge Caravans... There BRILLIANT..

        Does Chevy still make Minivans.. I know they had the Venture, and the Uplander, Both of Which I liked.. But what do they have these days?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford made allot of mini van owners mad when they gaveup on the mini van. This new fairlane that suppose to take it's place is just what another SUV. Ford has to many of those now...What are they thinking...DA!!!!!
        My Wife and others that own Mini Vans are looking seriously at Chrysler and Dodge Mini Vans when our lease is up. I retired from Ford after 41 years and think this is the dummest move ford has made besides the one they made many years ago when they let Chrylers use thier Idea for the Mini Van first, Now they're giving them the all the customers who have ford Mini Vans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford Needs better Ideas, I see this Fairlane failing like the ford 500.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't think this is a bad idea on Ford's part. The Freestar has proven that Ford is either unwilling or unable to produce a competitive minivan. So instead of making another half-hearted attempt to out-Odyssey the Odyssey, they're offering something a little bit different from anything else currently on the market.

      I think debating the Fairlane's status as "minivan," "SUV," or "CUV" is a pointless exercise in semantics. These segments are blurring. What the Fairlane *isn't* is a truck-based, high-floor, high-ground-clearance 'ute like the Explorer. It's packaged for maximum interior space, and will be designed for everyday driving (as opposed to towing or off-roading), which places it closest to other minivans in terms of intended purpose.

      The Fairlane's success will likely depend on what Ford decides to do with the styling. Personally, I think the concept looks kind of neat as long as it's judged as a segment-buster, not a surrogate Expedition or conventional van.

      If nothing else, the Fairlane is at least an improvement on what GM tried to do to free its aging, uncompetitive vans from direct comparison with the Odyssey and Sienna: slapping a big shnoz on the front and calling them "Crossover Sport Vans" (*snort*)
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Build the SMAX with rear sliding doors like the Mazda 5. A fuel efficent family hualer like the Mazda 5 is what Ford needs. They have one in Europe minus sliding door wich are a must with kids in parking lots.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I hope Ford chooses a name other than Fairlane. Those with long memories might remember the Ford Fairlane from the 1960s.

      Fortunately, the '66 Fairlane I had, a slick looking red one with a V8, was a company-owned car because it was the worst POS imaginable. There were warranty repairs almost weekly on that thing during the first 6 months I had it--things broke that I didn't know existed on cars. And it shook and rattled over all but the smallest bumps in the road. Ride was floaty, too--a total pile of junk in every way. It did have a good AM radio.

      The Fairlane replaced a superb, '63 Valiant that wasn't as fast or sharp, but was so much better.

      OK, that was 40 years ago, but my memory is clear and whenever I think of the word "Fairlane" I think of dreck.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am for the guy with the euro focus idea and while they are at that bring over the falcon from down under.
      • 9 Years Ago

      Im serious its the exact design of the XB, Scion should sue them. by the way it aint a SUV nor a CUV.
      Its just a plane simple minivan.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I bet we are all going to be real dissappointed when the production model comes out. I'm guessing the upright squared-off green house and the Gillette 3-blade grill will be the only stylistic elements to survive.

      I don't mind if they use the Fairlane name, but "Ranch Wagon" or "Country Squire" would more appropriate. Because when you get down to it, all this not a minivan - not an SUV boils down to it being a station wagon, nothing more. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Whoa, would you call that really aged late 80's Astro Van that GM keeps building just as a desperate way to get profits and not spend in development/design cost of a new van XB. Would u call that an XB?
      • 9 Years Ago
      If Fairlane keeps the straight hood, then I'd be interested. I want a car where I can see the end of the hood.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree with all the guys talking abt the S-Max and Euro Focus .. FORD if u cant bring them because they are too expensive why in the hell MAZDA is selling them and selling them really fast? And if u really think its going to be too expensive then heck bring it as Mercury variant instead .. EURO Focus n SMax are too darn attractive to be wasted in a small market as Europe. US is still the biggest market and IF FORD IS REALLY THINKING WAY FORWARD THEY WILL BRING IN THEIR BEST CARS FOR THE US MARKET. Hey guys, maybe "WAY FORWARD" means way forward of ignoring what the market needs and bringing in new vehicles and updating current vehicles WHICH ARE NOT NECESSARILY NEEDED right now. That i think is their "WAY FORWARD" theme. FORD IS STILL OUT OF TOUCH ... FORD SHOULD FIRE ITS MARKET RESEARCH TEAM or maybe he (Bill Ford Jr) should fire himself too.
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