Ford will accelerate facelift plans for the sedan cursed with dull-itis about two and a half years earlier than planned. The design of the Five Hundred was already set in stone before the "new-look" of Ford, brought upon by the 427 concept car and seen in the new Fusion mid-size sedan, was decided on. "We are going to have a freshening not after four years but after two-and-half to three years," Phil Martens, Ford's head of North American product development told Reuters.

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