• Oct 2nd 2006 at 8:59AM
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Ding, ding... Round 14 for the Ford Bold Moves web-based documentary has begun, and it's all about the Fusion's quality record, which at this point is perfect. That's right, no recalls during its launch year of 2006 and none reported yet so far for the 2007 model. "Fix or Repair Daily" may not apply to the Fusion, but consumers are still more likely to trust a Camry over the competition when it comes to quality, but them's the breaks, kid. What can Ford expect after launching the Focus in 1999 with wheels that fell off and engines that combusted externally? Frankly, the Fusion had to be hit on the quality front, and so far the Hermosillo plant deserves credit for cranking out some solid vehicles. But now that we know what Ford will be offering Europeans in the form a mid-size sedan, i.e. the next-gen Mondeo, can we, you and the remaining cognoscente of cars in North America, continue to recommend the Fusion? C'mon Ford, make a real bold move and bring over your Euro lineup from the Mondeo on down.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      hey Don T, really, have a look at the current european ford line up, and you will see !

      the ka can not compete anymore (will be changing in 2008)
      the fiesta is really no appealing (while it is a good small car !)
      the current mondeo, I even do not argue about that !

      really, they have the focus which is a awesome car (but weak at the design level !). Just look at the focus CC, this is the most horrible CC in europe ! they have just replace the galaxy (the old generation was awful).

      As I told you, in europe, we can see that one year or 2, ford is no more selling good cars but is selling beautiful car as well.

      But it takes time to replace the entire line up. That the same problem you have in US. I am sure that you will see some progress within 3 year and the old bold move will end in 2012 with the replacement of the 500 and the fusion !
      • 9 Years Ago
      Credibility can be lost in an instant, and take years to regain. I'm excited to see the Fusion is doing well. I don't plan on purchasing another car/truck till 2011, but that's enough time for Ford to show they can consistently deliver good products.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If noub is really European and knows as much as he or she does about Ford's american situation, its probably a safe bet that he or she is a car enthusiast.
      Don T. you gotta relax a little. All noub said was that we gotta stop saying that the US lineup is bullshit compared to Europe, which is definitely true. What does Ford have all that special in Europe? For sure there's the focus, that's a given... The Fusion vs Mondeo issue is debatable. I personally think they both look awesome, the fusion even looks more nimble than the bulkier looking Mondeo in my eye. So far the Fusion has a perfect quality record. Its bullshit to say the fusion is bullshit compared to the Mondeo. All we've even seen are pictures for christ's sake.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "If it isn't built in the United States by American workers, I don't give a dam how good it is, I won't buy it.
      America First!"

      Then I guess you'll be buying a Toyota, Honda, BMW, or Mercedes sometime soon. Some of their models are built inside America by American workers. Let's not forget how some Amerian compalies are getting their vehicles built in Canada and Mexico. Please think before you say something stupid and ignorant like you just did.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think the Fusion is a great car, it shows that Ford can really do good, reliable and good looking cars, and although i agree with the idea that they should take the Euro line to the north-america, i also think that the Fusion has conquest its space and should coexist with the Mondeo.

      Here in Brazil we have the SEL I4 Fusion and the Mondeo and i must say that both models are great in terms of quality, performance and comfort. But something has to be highlighted here, the Mondeo is made to be the TOP notch of the Euro line, while the Fusion is the second car of the North-america line. So the Mondeo has the duty to be better.

      Anyway, i would be very happy if i could afford any of these two cars... maybe someday.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford better not 'rest on its laurels' because all Hyundai/Kia has to do is put a 6 speed automatic in the Sonata/Optima and Ford is sunk, powertrainwise-weak base 2.3 I4, old, weak, unrefined 3.0 V6.

      Summer/Winter tires is better than all-season tires & Haldex. Ford knows that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      John Neff is right. Ford needs to bring a car like the Mondeo here. It would give them the cred they need at a time like this. Yeah the Fusion is a step in the right direction, but Ford needs a homer, and this car could do it. And #1 (noub) what the hell are u trying to say? The cars Ford sells here can't begin to compare to those sold in Europe, everybody knows that. Please try to make more sense in the future.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Fusion is a re-bodied Mazda6 down to the double wishbone front suspension (premium to struts).


      That makes it a damn good car. The 3 liter engine is weak, but from what I've seen that's also the best engine availiable in the Mondeo.
      • 9 Years Ago
      fiesta will be back in the US in 2009 !

      that the time for the european next generation !
      • 9 Years Ago
      ...And just as a follow-up to myself, I kind of think that a European (noub) might be more qualified to comment on Ford's European offerings than most of us.
      • 9 Years Ago

      The best Ford that it needs to import, which it used to, is the Fiesta! That was/is a great car and was only here for two years or so before the "world car" Escort came along.

      Ford needs a small subcompact car that can drive like crazy and handle like it's on rails and they have it already at hand in the Fiesta.


      There was an aftermarket company called BATS I believe that was in Pennsylvania I think. It had pickup, great economy and we always stuffed more people and parcels inside than anyone could believe.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Don T, I'm sorry I misinterpreted you comments about noub. However, if you (re-)read what I wrote, I said the Fusion isn't so amazing to me that I want it more than a Focus. I also said the Mondeo is sweet, and I'd like a good midsize car. Perhaps I should have spelled it out more clearly that I would rather have a Mondeo than a Fusion - I was merely stating that I might eventually get a Fusion if nothing better comes along.

      I've been reading and commenting on this site for months and know full well what the general opinions here are (besides, how many Mondeo posts have there been in the last couple weeks?), and I'm even agreeing with you in this case about the Mondeo being good. I'm not sure why you're so adversarial. Bashing me for misinterpreting you and then going on to misinterpret me is kind of... unproductive.
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