The Ford Escort concept just unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show was created with the Chinese market in mind, but it's got people talking all over the world. Not purely fancy, the point of the Escort concept was to give Chinese buyers a preview of what they could expect to see in a Ford showroom in the near future. If Ford wasn't seriously considering the new Escort for other countries, a report in Auto Express indicates that the concept's reception has changed all that.

No less than the incoming chairman of Ford UK said "it could work in other places," bolstering the comments of "a senior Ford insider" who said the question of bringing the car to Europe to slot in underneath the Focus had been raised. That's a long way from anything of the kind happening, which would require Ford to figure out how to sell it for the right price and not torpedo the company reputation among Euro buyers. In any case, we'd be as intrigued as anyone if an Escort resurrection created the next 'who knew?' market segment of few-frills transportation offered by non-Asian carmakers.


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      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also, can we get a Cosworth version? :)
      john96xlt
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like to see this car in the US as a basic, no-frills economy sedan/coupe. No SYNC, no Nav, no MyFord, nothing of the sort. Just a good basic commuter car that would be priced like, but put shame to, cars like the Versa and Rio. The only thing I dont care much for in this concept are the too-busy headlamps. Tone them down a little and they\'d have a winner. This would allow the Focus and Fiesta to move upmarket (as they are trying to do now) and give buyers seeking a basic commuter somewhere to go other than a Nissan dealer. I recently drove a late model Versa, and despite my hopes that it would be what I picture the \"new\" Escort as being, it was a huge dissapointment. Every seat position hurt my back, the gas mileage is not that great, the engine makes a lot of noise but little power and the interior feels like it was put together by a bunch of high school students using the cheapest materials they could find.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john96xlt
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        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @john96xlt
        Agreed. Sort of like a Dacia.
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        @john96xlt
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          Again, more incessant rubbish from Reggie. Ford will never return to a FWD Escort - it's way too inefficient as a layout. Furthermore, the Focus saloon isn't available in all European markets, so the Escort is a smart move especially if it is marketed as a line of sporting models, reprising nomenclature such as "Mexico" and "1600". If the Escort remains a niche model - which by the sheer fact it's a three-box C-segment saloon it almost certainly will be - then it's unlikely Ford would debut in the European arena until the economy shows sustained signs of improvement, which isn't forecast until later this decade.
      xxmixedxtapexx
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love those tail lights, I really hope they bring some of that style to the next Focus, maybe they can restyle the Focus tail lights when the refresh it?
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's a brochure for the 1975 Euro Ford Escort. I brought it home from Germany that year. http://artandcolour.blogspot.com/2010/11/ford-1975-other-side-of-world.html
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        great find :) i made my drivers license in an escort. ( a later one though)
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        My father had a 1978 Escort GL when I was growing up. That brochure is a keepsake certainly; the estate was essentially just a mark 1 with a market 2 grille and interior grafted on and in.
      rü$╫
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rwd compact four door. Key factor selling point rwd and economy.
      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks nicer than both the Fiesta and Fusion. Has a nice clean simple look to it and a model name that is synonymous with a Ford compact car and it also cuts back on the every car name starts a F failure of the 90`s. The Escape would look better with a design like this as well. Bring it Ford gas prices are only going up and up.
        whofan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @whofan
        I meant looks nicer than a Fiesta and Focus! Too many eefing Fs that`s why we need a Escort.
      Ajay
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a lot uglier than a Focus. Why not just sell the Focus there?
      Dreez28
      • 1 Year Ago
      You mean Aston Martin Escort...
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      When are they going to stop with the fake Aston Martin grill?
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        they just started using it as a brand identity so....might take a while.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        When are you going to realize that FORD OWNED ASTON MARTIN and came up with that style themselves?
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kill the Fiesta already. It's pointless. Americans will NEVER buy cars that small. Instead, I think Ford should take a similar approach as they did in the 90's. First off, kill the whole "One Ford" thing. Americans have different tastes in cars than Europeans and will never fully accept Euro-designed cars. Back in the 90's, you had a dirt cheap compact car which was priced only a little bit higher than a subcompact and offered a lot of value for the money (old Escort), a compact with the space of a midsize (Contour), and a midsize which was at heart, a fullsize.(old Taurus). My plan: 1)Bring back the Escort. Make it like the old one. Make an AWD ZX2 to compete with the WRX.Base price: $15 k 2) Use the 2007-2011 Focus platform, and stretch it, and you have a midsize. Give it the option of a 2.0 with 160 hp, a 2.5 with 180 hp, a 2.0 turbo with 230 hp, or a 3.5 with 290 hp.Base price: $19 k 3)Make a decontented, bare bones Taurus for $23 k.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        "Kill the Fiesta already. It's pointless. Americans will NEVER buy cars that small." Most Americans can't even fit inside small cars. But Ford will never discontinue the Fiesta - in most international markets it's one of the company's biggest success stories.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
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      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice looking car, Ford's making some nice products, glad to see. Now if they can get Lincoln right that will help. I would like to see them go back to the old names, Premier and continental. Cadillac should do the same, all these letters are not only confusing but have little appeal, for me that is, others probably feel differently.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like this, bring it stateside, and kill the focus sedan. They would have a winner
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        "kill the focus sedan" Yes. Kill the best selling car in the world. That is the way to go.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        No, kill the slow-selling, pointless Fiesta and let this take its place.
        Carlos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        Why do they have to kill one model? Why not offer all of them? Fiesta - Escort - Focus and let the consumer decide. More choices is best for the customer, right?
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