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In an interview with Ward's Auto, Ford's chief creative officer (CCO?) and VP of design, J Mays explains that the similarities between the concept and the production versions of the Fairlane are profound. So much so, that some employees at FoMoCo can't tell the difference between the two.

The Fairlane seeks to bring an air of luxurious practicality to the people mover segment and considering the amount of growth Ford sees in the CUV segment, hopefully it fill the niche comprised of ex-SUVers and minivan refugees.

As we've already reported, Fairlane badging will not make it to production, instead, a yet-to-be-disclosed name will likely be announced in the next few months. Ford's newer crossover-van thingy will be built at the automaker's plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, along with a rebadged Lincoln version.

[Source: Byron Pope/Ward's Auto]


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      Dale Hannah
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another underpowered Fugly box..... Will never be in the market for that kind of junk!
      Jerry Rice
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a long-time fan of Ford automobiles; had a great Fairlane sedan back in the 60's. But the one photo I have seen of the latest Fairlane really turns me off. I hope the Ford Company manages well and pulls itself to the top of the world vehicle market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if you cant make it in u.s.a. I CANT BUY IT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Could you possibly make an uglier vehicle? When are you going to realize that the baby boomers are about to retire and buy the cars of their dreams. Their dreams are in the sixties with today's technology inside!!

      You woke up with the Mustang, now keep it going. We dont want a cracker box on wheels!! Get the old dies out and give us cause to drool over the car's looks again instead of its gas mileage. Give us the 68 Fairlane Fastback instead of the Yugo. Wake Up!!!!
      gary sewell
      • 8 Years Ago
      If ford is going to call it a fairlane, it should look like a fairlane! I think that goes for most all fairlane lovers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh great! Not another Divco milk truck...
      It reminds me of my days when the Twin Pines milk man
      would roll down the streets of Dearborn...
      The Fairlane name is a classic, Should have been put to a better use.
      • 8 Years Ago
      30. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it doesn't mean it will win a beauty contest.

      Posted at 4:00PM on Nov 2nd 2006 by Moses

      Hey Moses,

      That was a real knee slapper! Teresa and I want to know if you're interested in becoming my head joke writer?

      Please advise.

      John (I served in Vietnam) Kerry
      Naz
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a rip-off.If there going to use the name Fairlane, then they should have made a retro version of the old Fairlane.
      • 8 Years Ago
      when I saw the word fairlane, the image of the 67 fairlane gt came to mind, then |I looked at the picture and the word Yuk came to mind
      jim cotterell
      farmington, nm
      jim
      • 8 Years Ago
      this thing that ford calls a fairlane looks like the most ugly pinto turned into a box with wheels, i perfer the honda oddssey minvan 2006 model to all american made cars except my beloved ford tarus se witch ford decided to quit making duh idiots
      Eeved
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car is very ugly, just like every other Ford. Fords never seem to amaze me, as my dad has bought 3 Fords-2 Rangers and 1 Bronco II-and they all crapped out after 3 years. We replaced them with 4 Dodges, and they've been running for over 7 years now. With minor work aside, Dodges are much more reliable than Fords. And not to mention Dodge's attractive styling, where Ford is greatly lacking. Dodge's Grand Caravan is the best example in this case. Not only was the Grand Caravan the first mini-van, it is also longer than the Windstar and Definitely longer than the Freestar. And not to mention how the Windstar knocked off Dodge's design. See, Ford can't even design a Minivan...let alone any other vehicle they produce.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not in the market for a vehicle, but I'd buy the "Fairlane" in a heartbeat. I do want a vehicle that is as roomy as a van, has the characteristics of an SUV with seat height and boxiness, but don't want the poor fuel economy. I want to buy American. I also want something different than what is out there. I'd buy a Honda Element but it is wimpy even though I love the room (though I hate the interior) and most of the exterior styling cues. This is precisely the car that bridges the gaps of being just car enough to be nice to ride in, just truck enough to haul stuff, just minivan enough to carry people, and just SUV enough to do it all.

      The interior on this vehicle will make or break my actual buying decision. Thankfully, Ford is doing the best job of any domestic manufacturer in this area and I'm sure that this one will be no exception.

      Way to go, Ford! That is one bold move redefining the minivan market right out from underneath the Jap's noses and making every other minivan look instantly 1985.
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