• Jan 19, 2009
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Mondeo.

Since taking the reigns at FoMoCo, Alan Mulally has made it clear that one of the keys to Ford's resurgence is to leverage its assets abroad. Specifically, he wants to utilize the automaker's platform development in Europe to maximize engineering and manufacturing efficiency, creating several global models. While we're still waiting for Ford to ditch the old Focus platform for the Euro model's underpinnings, the next major implementation of Mulally's plan will come in the form of the next Ford Fusion, which will use the current Mondeo platform.

The CD3 platform, which is derived from the Mazda6 and underpins the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, will be abandoned in favor of the Mondeo's EUCD platform and will be the foundation for Ford's global mid-size/CD-segment vehicle. Ford of Europe has been tasked with reworking the platform for the U.S., which has been internally dubbed CD4. Expect the Mondeo-based Fusion to arrive in the U.S. in 2012 for the 2013 model year.


[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm thinking the real reason for this is that Ford sold off most of its Mazda share... since the Fusions platform is based off the one for the 6 that Mazda originally developed. Now that the two companies are more separate, they have to find a new route for the new Fusion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i'm not saying they're going to split all together, I'm just saying its probably one reason, that since they have another (and maybe "better" in some ways) platform out there they are going away from sharing with Mazda where they can - I am not under the Illusion that the companies are seperate or that any current sharing will not continue
        • 6 Years Ago
        No. Ford and Mazda have already said that even though Ford no longer controls the company outright, it still has a member on its board of execs, and they are continuing powertrain and platform development. The Mazda 3 is based on a Volvo platform (S40), which underpins the Euro Focus, and will underpin the next Focus, when the US and Euro platforms are aligned. They didn't HAVE to go to a new platform, but they are, because the EUCD platform is generally better than the CD3, and they want to further align things. I don't doubt that the next Mazda 6 will be based on the same platform. Heck, even the Mazda CX-9 is based on the CD3 platform.

        Further, the Taurus, MKS, Flex, and MKT, and probably the next Explorer, are based on the Volvo S80 platform. Even if Volvo is sold, that won't change, as Volvo and Ford are extremely intertwined.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is probably part of the 3-6-9-12 strategy Ford is doing. 3 years after initial release, the Fusion is getting a substantial update, and 3 years after that, the Fusion is moving onto an all-new platform (CD3 + EUCD = CD4).
      Initially I was a very vocal advocate of bringing the Mondeo here, but after seeing the new Fusion (in all honesty), it's too tough a call for me to say one way or the other.
      By the way, if the EUCD is based off of the C1, how can it accommodate smallish cars such as the S-MAX (Galaxy is a bit bigger, that's why), midsize cars such as the Mondeo, AND fullsize cars such as the Volvo S80? Is the platform REALLY that flexible? And how is the S60 (based off of the larger Taurus D3 platform) smaller than the S80 (based off of the smaller Mondeo EUCD platform)? I'm confused!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not just bring it over?

      But YESSSSSSSS!!! Been a long time coming. The only thing is this might kill off plans for the EcoBoost AWD Fusion with 340 hp. I really was hoping for that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      now now people calm down lol....we all know what happen when everyone told GM to bring over the Holden over here as the GTO is flopped due to being out dated....Give them some time to bring over here with the updates..
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the styling on the Taurus more than the Mondeo, The headlamps look a little awkward whereas the Taurus is just perfectly proportioned.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The price of the Mondeo would be above the Fusion's price.

      About the Mazda platform, Ford still holds anough Mazda stock shares to use its platforms.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It kills me that Europe gets this and we get the crapy Fusion and just as crappy updated Fusion!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gosh... I just really like the looks of that car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know what's so amazing about the Mondeo,the current Fusion looks better than it,if you ask me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring over the focus RS over ill be happy :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      "one of the keys to Ford's resurgence is to leverage its assets abroad"

      "The CD3 platform, which is derived from the Mazda6 and underpins the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX,"

      Aren't they already leveraging their assets abroad? Maybe this is motivated by their recent divestiture of Mazda.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally, Ford does something right.

      Now, cross your fingers and hope they don't screw it up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wo-hoo! Countour and Mystiques are back. (Euh... Is that a good news?! ;-)

        Lesson #1: How to adapt a car for the US market.

        1- Take a Japanese or european car.
        2- Make it longer and larger.
        3- Put a larger engine to offset the heavyer body
        4- Soften suspension and larger seats.
        5- Simplify it's style and make it look more chuncky.
        6- (Optionnal) Remove manual transmission, specially on V6 version.

        That should do it. (Well this is what's Mazda did with it's new 6 and Joe the plumber love's it!)
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