We've been wrapped up in our own opinions about Mercury too much around here. So much so, that when we saw shots of Mercury's Meta One mules running around Detroit again, we instantly assumed the project was back on the front burner. Apparently that's not the case. A few of our sources have informed us that the mules running around Detroit right now are the same ones we saw at the beginning of the year before the car was cancelled. Since the Freestyle will be getting the company's new 3.5-liter V6 powerplant, Ford decided to put the Mercury mules back in service jut to test the engines on the Freestyle platform, and apparently mess with our heads. Mission accomplished. Sorry Mercury, no seven-passenger CUV love for you.

[Source: a little birdy]