For the 2010 model year, Ford’s midsize vehicle offerings, the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and the Lincoln MKZ, have all been updated. Despite the all-new updates and strong demand at Denver Ford and locations across the U.S., details on the next-generation models are already surfacing.
The current 2010 Ford Fusion and its variations ride on the same platform that underpins the all-new Mazda6 midsize sedan. For 2012, the next generation midsize sedans will instead ride on the European Ford Mondeo platform, which had been exclusively designed for the Mondeo and the European market. Despite existing influences from Europe and Japan, Newark Ford dealers are excited that this new global platform will be updated for U.S. consumers exclusively by engineers based in North America.
While development of the next generation midsize sedan involves global teams, the development of the next generation midsize sedan is being headed up by Ford’s engineering center in Detroit. Teams will include engineers from Europe, Asian, and China, which will enable this global car to be easily modified for sales worldwide. Ultimately, Nashville Ford dealers believe that this approach will result in a more well-rounded and higher-quality product.
Among the many reasons contributing to Ford’s new reversal of using the Mazda6 platform is the loosening of ties between Ford and Mazda. Last year Ford sold most of its stake in the Japanese automaker in order to free up cash. Additionally, Used Cars Richmond assert that the new platform is more versatile than the one that underpins the latest Ford Fusion, as it can easily accommodate all-wheel drive and a range of different engine sizes, from four cylinders and six cylinders.
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