• Apr 11th 2008 at 12:31PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Flex.

The SUV exodus means Ford's Flex has the potential to be a hit and it's gearing up for an onslaught of orders when sales begin this summer. Ford's group veep of marketing and communications, Jim Farley, told Automotive News that consumers leaving the full-size SUV fold and others who haven't considered putting a Blue Oval badge in their garage might be ready to give something like the Flex a chance. CUV sales have been strong over the last year, and Ford and Farley believe that the Flex could rack up 100,000 sales annually if the trend continues.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      so a minivan trying to hide it's a minivan

      it's not bad compared to the Sienna's of the market right now
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like a clubman MINI, but bigger
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love how many idiots think Mini or Scion originated the white roof. This is the throwback to the old surf wagons of the '50s, not a Mini or Scion. Those cars ripped off the old domestic wagons, not the other way around.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I love how many idiots think Mini or Scion originated the white roof. This is the throwback to the old surf wagons of the '50s, not a Mini or Scion. Those cars ripped off the old domestic wagons, not the other way around."

        Right...but Scion brought back the "box on wheels" design back in 2004...and Ford...in their infinite stupidity, thought it would be a god idea to copy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Should be a big hit with funeral services. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ya know! I thought that the Honda Pilot interior would kill the existence of the car, I was wrong. I thought the Nintendo Wii was going to be the doom of the entire Nintentdo company! Again I was wrong. I thought that the Magnum was the coolest wagon every and it's getting canned! So we'll have to wait and see. Ford is not a company that makes bold predictions. They've got to know what they are doing. Think about this.

      Fusion, success! Edge, huge success, Escape hugest success. I mean they know what they are doing. Personally I think it's boring but I like bold, in-your-face styling. I want concepts made live, not tones down! But for the average person that wants function, performance, economically friendly among other thing, this just might be the middle ground.

      For instance, most japanese imports are just plain and boring, but they sell!

      Though I don't see this ever being something I'd drive because of styling, it could be right for other people! Heck, I think Jags, most Mercedes, most BMW's, all Toyotas and most Hondas are boring! They all look cookie cutter. This looks like the box that cookie cutters come in! LOL

      Anyway.... It's a solid cuv / it's good the quality and the goods behind it. It'll do something!
      • 7 Years Ago
      No questions, a potent contender for a place on the "10 ugliest cars of all times" list is a winning combination for a money-losing company.

      There are some exceptionally bad designs, like the notorious Aztec, but Aztec was designed to be ugly and a lot of effort went into it. Ford cars seems like they were started at 4:55 on Friday afternoon and finished before end of the work week at 5.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ugliest forthcoming vehicle, right after all things BMW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope I'm not the only one that thinks this thing looks god-awful. I mean, I know there will people that buy it (the Aztec somehow managed to sell more than zero)... but bleh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of you saying it won't sell, you're ignorant.

      The EDGE was the top selling CUV of 2007, with it's AWFUL brakes, cheap interior, and Ford name on the front.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it. Really. It looks kinda bold. Like a 1980 Ford Transit:


      Just kidding. Although the resemblance is obvious, I really like it and at first look I thought that we need this car here: roomy wagon with up to seven seats and the underpinnings of the old Volvo V70. Just put in the 2.2l diesel with 170hp that soon powers the Mondeo (already available in the 407) and the Volvo I5 turbo.

      Then I realized that we have the Ford S-Max that fits better in European needs. The Flex is still cool, but it won't make sense to bring it here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what are plus points of these cars? why would ford meet the target selling of 100,000 flex a year?

      simply because more ppl are buying cuv does not mean they will sell 100,000 flex. there has to be something great and unique about this vehicle that will at least bring more people to showroom.


      As soon as you look at this type of vehicle, you know it's not a hit, you know it will be difficult to sell 100,000/year.

        • 7 Years Ago
        How about a fridge built into the second row and huge skylights/sunroof. Then add in completely different styling. This thing doesn't look anything like any other CUV or Minivan out there. Like it or not Ford is offering something different that is miles ahead of the Freestar it replaces. I think it will do quite well. Either way they are producing it at the same plant as the Edge/mkwhatever and the future MK version of it. Between the 4 products they should have more than enough sales to keep that plant running very profitably.
      • 7 Years Ago
      100,000 units! no f***ing way!

      everyone should go to fords website and look at how much they are charging for those things. it starts below 30k but can easily balloon over 40k fully loaded. thats a rip off!
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