Ford executives told Automotive News yesterday at the 2009 North American International Auto Show that the next generation Ford Fusion will share a platform with the current European Ford Mondeo.
“We’re transitioning to a Fusion-Mondeo convergence,” Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s vice president of global product development said at the show. He confirmed that Ford EUCD platform, which the mid-size Mondeo is built on, will be the foundation for all of Ford’s mid-size vehicles, including the Ford Fusion.
In the U.S., the Ford Fusion goes head to head with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Chevrolet Malibu in one of the most competitive segments in the market. The Fusion currently rides on the Mazda 6-derived CD3 platform, which is also used under the Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Edge, and Lincoln MKX. Ford reduced its controlling stake in Mazda to 13 percent late last year.
Since Alan Mulally took over as CEO for Ford, he has made a push to globalize platform development. In the coming years, this will lead to European-engineered and developed models migrating to the U.S. market, including the Ford Fiesta, which will be sold for the first time in the U.S. market, and a European-derived next-gen Ford Focus. We can reasonably expect the next-gen Lincoln MKZ, Ford Edge, and Lincoln MKX to ride on the new Fusion platform as well, although the future of the Mercury Milan is uncertain.
Although none of the executives at the auto show would say when the next-gen global mid-size car would appear in Europe or North America, analysts and suppliers expect the car to be available in the U.S. in 2012 as a 2013 model.
Source: Automotive News