Smaller cars can save users money at the pump, but for Ford
, the upcoming global B-car program is also a cost saver for the company. According to Automotive New Europe
(subs req'd) Ford Motor
expects to maybe 30 percent over the cost of developing stand-alone vehicles for regional markets. One of the main reasons is that somewhere between 70 percent and 85 percent of the parts and design (as measured by value), will be the same across all the vehicles, according to Ford officials AN's Amy Wilson spoke to. As we've mentioned before, this global program is developing the 2008 Ford Fiesta
for Europe and North American
and Asian versions following soon thereafter. It's expected the program will produce over one million vehicles by 2011.
[Source: Amy Wilson, Automotive News Europe]