• Jun 15, 2008
For reasons that everyone is aware of, American carmakers have been shutting down and idling plants that make trucks and SUVs. According to AutoSavant, however, Ford is not going to simply shutter plants, it is going to retool some of them to build its Euro-market cars for the American market.

If this is true, we're so giddy we don't even want to paraphrase it, so we'll just quote directly: "Our sources at Ford say that Mr. Mulally has already made the decision to convert at least three truck/SUV production facilities in North America as soon as possible to produce Ford models currently sold in Europe.... The timeline Mulally prefers, according to insiders, is 'yesterday'."

The reasoning is ostensibly that with the American market going to more frugal cars, it's time for Ford to start spending the money to provide them -- even though cash is tight right now. What might make the leap across the water? The Euro Focus, the Focus Coupe, and the C-Max (pictured) are candidates. The Mondeo is, supposedly, not. But it's a start, hey? It only took spiraling gas prices and plummeting truck sales to get us what we have been begging for. If we had known, we'd have done it sooner. Thanks for the tip, Daniel!

[Source: AutoSavant]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Make mine a Mondeo! Good move Ford. This should scare the s**t out of GM!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they also bring the diesel engines they use in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For quite a long time now many people commenting on Autoblog have been chanting "bring Euro Fords to North America". Now that it's being announced I'm not seeing the response I thought I would.
      I'm very pleased to see the cars that are coming here.
      As Jonothon wrote in his post "It's a start". A good start.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is good news! I'm a bit disappointed about not bringing the Mondeo over (initially anyway), as I'd take one over a Malibu any day of the week.

      Don't ruin it by Americanizing the cars! Keep them the way they are, with minor modifications to meet our Federal standards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay have they been going on carspyshots and here to read my constant comments how Ford needs universal design language to build its imgae worldwide? Give me an advisory role at Ford or any other automaker.

      I've been saying this for past 3 years! But benefits to this are obvious. I think wider appeal right now is key and I think we'll see some people not buying Golfs, Cobalts, etc etc but buying Foci instead. If they bring Mondeo then I see 3er owners dumping lower spec 3 series and buying the Mondeo instead.

      Point is Ford NA needs to get away from its image of a budget/rental car maker image asap. Dull styling does not make the car appeal to everyone. Tacky, cheesy styling with heavy use of chrome will not work out either.

      It all really comes to down same brand identity worldwide...and that identity must come with class and style which a common man can afford.

      Note to GM...find a way to dump GMC!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well we already knew the euro Focus was coming. I would imagine though that would get built at the current Focus plant. I can't imagine them selling both models at the same time. I would bet they would convert a few of these old SUV plants to flex manufacturing. Ford is probably shopping around the idea trying to see if they can talk local governments into chipping in some money. Once that is done they could import some of the Euro models and use any left over capacity to top up production of the Focus. I am thinking the S-Max, C-Max and Kuga are pretty likely candidates.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't forget back in the 1990s Ford tooled plants here to build the Focus and Mondeo (called Contour here), both Ford of Europe cars. History is repeating itself. GM is also tooling their US plants to build the redesigned Opel Astra, Opel Zafira and Insignia here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just because heaps of the public say they want the european cars, doesn't mean they will be a success.

      The Saturn Astra is a superb car, european, and i don't believe it is selling like people had hoped

      The informed car enthusiast community and the general public are two totally different things.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Astra's pretty successful in Canada (I see them on the same rate I see new Malibus now, and that's pretty good, considering the Malibu is a hit :D... And considering the closest dealer is 60KM from here -_-)).

        But Saturn Canada faces a big problem: SUPPLY.

        Orders are 3 months behind for us and supply isn't exactly huge, but at least unlike many of you we get souped up versions.

        I should point out that it surpassed the newly redesigned Corolla according to the AJAAC (SP) and has been advertised fine (TV and paper) here, too.

        It's always great to see on the roads. :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Astra's pretty successful in Canada (I see them on the same rate I see new Malibus now, and that's pretty good, considering the Malibu is a hit :D... And considering the closest dealer is 60KM from here -_-)).

        But Saturn Canada faces a big problem: SUPPLY.

        Orders are 3 months behind for us and supply isn't exactly huge, but at least unlike many of you we get souped up versions.

        I should point out that it surpassed the newly redesigned Corolla according to the AJAAC (SP) and has been advertised fine (TV and paper) here, too.

        It's always great to see on the roads. :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        Astra is another in a long line of GM marketing planned failures. They bring in a car, price it to lose money on it and then don't advertise it because every sale is a loss anyway so why bother right? If Ford plans to follow that path they might as well stick to trucks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Astra has not been advertised, or hyped up that much. What do you think people know better, Cobalt, or Astra?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why oh why won't they build the Falcon here...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just a note on the Mondeo...I was at Cars and Coffee in Irvine on Saturday whilst vacationing in SoCal. Lots of fun. But anyway, if no one knows, Cars and Coffee is held at the Ford PAG / Mazda HQ campus area. After the event, as we were leaving, a brand spanking new Ghia spec Mondeo was sitting at the back near the cafeteria about to be loaded onto a transporter. Cool stuff....
      • 6 Years Ago
      We pulled the string a couple years ago and got a Mazda 3 hatch for my wife and a 6 wagon ($7000 off!) for me. Both will last a long time. Replacements will be much smaller, of course, but we're out of the market for a long time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the timeline is yesterday what the hell has he done since October 2006 when he joined Ford?
      Dont get me wrong its never too late to do the right thing but I wish he busted some butts in 2006 so we would have S-Max, Transit, Fiesta, and Ka next month as 2009s.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh come on. It takes a long time to make decisions like this.

        Frankly, I'm glad to hear all this. They say the new Ranger won't be out till 2012, I'd like to see one next year, no matter what the powertrain/fuel economy. And now there's a chance I could see exactly that. This news makes my day.

        I hope it isn't just a rumor though.
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