2011 Ford Mondeo – Click above for high-res image gallery
The cover of the latest issue of Auto Express in the UK features one of the first renderings of the next-generation Ford Mondeo, which as we all know will be basically the same as Ford's future replacement for the Fusion in the States. If this drawing proves accurate, it looks like the new midsize models will combine a lot of what we see in the 2012 Focus at the front end with a greenhouse and rear stance that actually looks more like the current Taurus.
The Ford Mondeo is due for a mid-cycle refresh for the 2011 model year and all signs point to a debut at the Paris Motor Show this September. But ahead of its big reveal, spy photographers have caught the new Mondeo out in the open, and while the basic shape hasn't changed, there's something far more interesting under the hood.
When the auto show circuit rolls around to Paris in September, Ford is expected to roll out a facelifted version of the Mondeo mid-sized lineup. The visual updates are less extensive than the Fusion got last year but still noticeable. A new upper grille and larger trapezoidal lower opening give the Mondeo an appearance similar to the Fiesta and new Focus. Following the trend set by Audi and Mercedes-Benz, Ford will add LED running lamps below the main headlamp clusters.
Ford plans to use the Leipzig Motor Show to unveil a new version of the super popular Mondeo capable of running on gasoline, ethanol or liquified petroleum gas. As a flex-fuel car, a computer can detect what concentrations of gas or ethanol are pumped into the tank and can adjust the engine's operation accordingly. The tri-fuel-capable car will use a 2.0L Duratec four cylinder engine that puts out 145 horsepower on either gasoline or ethanol or 141 horses on LPG.
We wrote about it earlier, just as a rumor, but it looks like an announcement is imminent: the Wall Street Journal says that Ford is going to make European cars on this side of the pond. However, it isn't merely North American plants that will be changed over, but American plants. The Journal doesn't give any further indication of where those plants might be or what those cars might be, only saying that the strategy could be revealed during Ford's Q2 earnings announcement this Thursday. But we'l
There has been plenty of support for Ford to bring its rest-of-the-world products to the North American market, and with the truck market doing a Roscoe P. Coltrane E-brake turn away from profitability, the Blue Oval's global efforts are becoming increasingly important for its survival. The plan going forward is to utilize small and medium sized vehicles from Ford's European arsenal globally. In North America, the cars will be spiffy, though Ford will be robbing Peter to pay Paul on that count -
According to research conducted by Warranty Direct in the UK, the Ford Mondeo is the most-driven car on average in Britain. The top ten most driven autos list is filled with relatively large and luxurious vehicles. In contrast, the top ten least driven vehicles list is made up mostly of small, fuel efficient models. This makes sense, really, considering that many of those small vehicles are sold to people who live in urban environments, where destinations are closer together. Still, the differen
Despite not being official, we've known for some time that Ford CEO Alan Mulally wants to increase the number of platforms shared by its U.S. and European divisions. It's something Ford fanboys have been demanding for some time, and yesterday Mulally officially confirmed that the next-gen Focus and Fusion would be global vehicles, sharing platforms with their counterparts across the pond. This will be in addition to the B-class car that's coming in the form of the new European Fiesta small car t
Motor Authority just posted a photo of a special long-wheelbase version of the Ford Mondeo, apparently made for the Chinese market. This has been a popular pastime for automakers of late, as LWB versions of sedans from Cadillac, BMW, Audi and others have surfaced as psuedo-limos for the Chinese market.
As we found out yesterday, one of the pushes that Ford is doing in Geneva is beefing up its ethanol-capable vehicle line in Europe. This might be considered a Bold Move, as ethanol is not exactly common in the EU, although there are expected to be over 60 ethanol plants in Europe by the end of next year.