Despite what everyone thought was the plan, the production version of the upcoming Ford Fairlane family wagon will not debut at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in early January. Ford claims it was never scheduled to debut in Detroit, though Bob Thibodeau, a local Detroit Ford dealer and senior cochairman of NAIAS, told the Detroit Free Press he had it down on his official list.

What's the reason for the Fairlane's no-show? Officially Ford is saying that the Detroit show doesn't correspond with the vehicle's manufacturing schedule. That very well may be the case, as it doesn't appear producing the Fairlane is going to be the simple conversion of the concept we thought it would be. Word is that Ford's showing a version of the Fairlane at its Showroom of the Future event at Cobo Hall that's less boxy than the concept Fairlane that kicked off this whole thing. This new Fairlane is a wild card, as we've not seen a spy photo or heard any rumblings about it until now. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as it pops up on our radar again.

[Source: Detroit Free Press via Kicking Tires]

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