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As previously reported, Ford intends to begin sharing both platforms and vehicles, originally developed for Europe, with the U.S. We've already been informed that the Transit Connect, a small commercial vehicle, is headed our way, but during an interview with Automotive News, FoMoCo CEO Alan Mulally hinted at the prospect of bringing over the Mondeo sedan and S-Max people mover.

Both you and most of the Autoblog staff have been smitten by the Mondeo's style, but the question remains: where will it fit in? The sedan would directly compete with the Ford Fusion, so the possibility of moving the Mondeo up market and slapping a Mercury badge on it is one possibility.

As for the S-Max: most will agree that the people mover segment is in desperate need of a makeover. While minivan sales remain stagnant and consumers move on from the SUV-craze, there would seem to be a market for a nicely designed, well-equipped vehicle that can hold the kids and the prerequisite soccer supplies.

If and when all this would come to fruition is up in the air, but if Ford decided to make this kind of move, we wouldn't expect much before 2009.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I could definitly see the Mondeo as the next-gen Fusion. It actually looks like the natural evolution of the Fusion...with a few design cue changes.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Some say we don't need this design and it won't work in the USA, yet these cars are big sellers in Europe. It seems Honda and Toyota doesn't have any problems with using the same designs worldwide while Ford thinks they need different models that use different designs and platforms for each market. This is why they are loosing market share. The way forward should be less models better designs shared worldwide. There is no reason they have to import these cars, instead build them over here once you have people interested in them.

      From Wikipedia,

      Future models
      2007– Ford Mondeo (code name CD345) large family car (to be introduced at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show)
      2008– Volvo XC60 compact SUV
      2008– Volvo S60 compact executive car
      2008– Volvo V70 station wagon
      2009– Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute
      2010– Jaguar Crossover like the S-MAX
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mark, shhhhhhhh, the Europeans seem to hate us enough. You don't have to go remind them how much they get ripped off when buying cars. haha.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Could it be that this Mondeo is brought over as the "new" Fusion in the near future? I don't see it as a Mercury at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hate mini-vans, but that S-Max looks fantastic.

      The Mondeo looks a bit, dare I say, Aston Martin-ish.
      If there were ever a flagship car to save Ford, the Mondeo is it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Mondeo is a real looker. Just how closely related is it to the Mazda 6? Ergo, how close might it be to the Fusion? Who cares? Ford USA should really consider replacing the generic-looking Fusion with this vehicle.

      Why the hell do the Europeans always get better-looking cars? Ford, Chevy, Dodge - most of them look uninspired and bland. When they try to be unique they end up looking cartoonish like the Dodge Nitro, or they look backwards and give us retro-blah like the Mustang.

      Ford, Chevy and Chrysler: You'll never get clean, original, fresh styling when you rely on focus groups to steer your designers.

      Found more pics of the Mondeo here: http://tinyurl.com/33bsdm
      • 8 Years Ago
      Michael, your first link in post #4 isn't working for me (with or without the last 3). Is that page still up? I'd like to read it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can't help thinking Ford will just Merkur this up like they do everytime they try to bring Eurocars to the US
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they bring the S-Max. I like the Mazda 5 it is on the top of my list when I buy my next new car (perfect for my small family and it is cooler than a minivan)I also like the Kia Rondo. It would be nice to have more choices in this segment.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful car. I don't care what badge they put on it, I just really like it, and I think a lot of other people will, too. (Any stats on how it's selling overseas?)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd personally like a six-speed S-Max--if the price is reasonable. That, of course, is the tought part. I'm very interested in seeing how GM prices the Astra.

      Over at BlueOvalNews an insider mentions a crash program to bring nine European models over:

      http://www.blueovalforums.com/forums...ost&p=13683 3

      I'll post a blog entry about the whole "European products as the solution" thing later this morning.

      • 8 Years Ago
      The Mondeo is a good drive, especially with the 2.0 diesel or the bigger petrol engine. The ride and roadholding are both excellent and now that BMW have lost their design flair the Mondeo is as good as it needs to be
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