Ford's premium brands have rejected the Mazda6 platform to underpin their European mid-sized vehicles and have decided to stretch the C1 platform (Volvo S40, Mazda3, European Focus) to the same size. The CD3 Mazda6 platform could not meet the performance capabilities needed for the next Volvo S60 and V70, Land Rover Freelander (LR2), Ford Mondeo and Galaxy and possibly a Jaguar X-Type replacement. When AutoWeek tried to ask specificaly why engineers scrapped the $1 billion dollar global Maxda6 platform for a stretched version of the small car platform, none were available to comment. D'oh.
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