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its been reported (by Autoblog) that Ford are intending to bring the Ford SMAX, Mondeo and the small Transit Connect to the U.S.
What do you think of that???
S-Max
http://www.ford-boehm.de/startseite/smax.jpg
Mondeo
http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2006/10/ford_mondeo_new_sm.jpg and the Transit Connect
http://www.automotoportal.com/media/images/vijesti/070103007.jpg
(thats the sportier version)

posted by  True_Brit

Yum another ugly milkvan.:wink2:

posted by  Wally

They don't look too bad, hard to say much else without specs. I'd still rather have them bring the Falcon back over here.

posted by  giant016

1) Ewww.
2) Ok.
3) Ewww.

posted by  StiMan

I was going to show that one in the thread I started about the Transit ST....Very nice lookin' van in my opinion!

I'm not sure how our Fords will sell in the US though, I mean they already have/had the Mondeo in the form of the Contour. I also think they'd be better off introducing the full sized Transit in the US rather than the Connect, as from what I've seen the guys in the US of A like their vans bigger...:wink2:

posted by  Cliffy

You can hours of enjoymnt trying to figure out what the new falcon will look like here (http://www.caradvice.com.au/2580/2008-ford-falcon-orion-spyshots/)

posted by  Wally

the new mondeo will basically have what the old mondeo had, but with a few extra technological changes and a few more engines, like a new 2.5 litre turbocharged V6 etc etc
mondeo specs (http://www.ford.co.uk/ie/mondeo/mdo_0504_spcdim/mdo_0504_spec/-/-/3/-#)
S-Max specs (http://www.ford.co.uk/ie/smax/smax_specifications/smax_specs/-/-/-/740)
and the transit connect specs (http://www.ford.co.uk/ie/transitconnect/-/-/-/-/3/1000)

posted by  True_Brit

I like the second one a lot. It's cute, I'd buy it if I saw it over here.

posted by  SyntheticTrust

it looks better than the current model!
http://www.carpages.co.uk/ford/ford_images/ford_mondeo_zetec_s_20_11_02.jpg
id love to find out what the ST will look like....

posted by  True_Brit

I think I prefer the look of the current model, but I'll reserve my final judgement until the new one arrives! :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

i like the current ST and the Titanium X models! but the base models etc:ohcrap:

posted by  True_Brit

I like all those. So is the Mondeo supposed to be inbetween the Tarus and Focus?

posted by  jedimario

Ya, just like the Contour was.

posted by  StiMan

do you think itll come to america as a contour again?
.
have i mentioned before that in the 13 years of the mondeo's existence, its been in the UK's top 10 cars every year but never on top:laughing: , i think this car will do it!


not here!

posted by  True_Brit

I really dont see why auto companies split their products for different places

really, does anyone have a good answer?


if i ran the place id bring every vehicle everywhere, all that might happen is more sales

posted by  nighthawk

If you sell the same product over different cultures, you probably won't do as well as if you'd specialize each of your products for different cultures. Europe is in general much more dense population wise, not as much space for everyone, so, naturually, they tend to favor smaller cars, like the Ford Ka. We have more space over here, and we like things supersized and big. The Ka probably wouldn't do very well, and marketing it over here wouoldn't be a waste from the low sales volume.

Something like that :laughing:

posted by  jedimario

Exactly. To TrueBrit: I don't know if they are bringing it here... I haven't heard anything. I sort of doubt it because the Taurus/Fusion and the Focus, with its four-door sedan models, fill up that class I would think. Don't quote me on this, but didn't the last Contour die off after the Focus ZTS came out?

posted by  StiMan

That's right as far as I can see. Also diesel cars are big in Europe so that's another reason why we get alot of different cars (infact, the Ford Ka is one of the few cars not offered with an oil burner....). For example, most of our cars are offered with at least one diesel engine, infact, alot of these cars sell more in diesel form. From what I've seen most cars in the US are petrol powered and few are diesel variants. I guess it's easier to stick with what you know as far as car companies go, so sticking a doesel engine in a car that usually doesn't have one would be too much like hard work and too costly. I also understand that different states have stringent laws regarding diesel engined cars over in the US.

posted by  Cliffy

Ya, there are lots of regulations about diesel, but it's really becoming a little bit more popular. I'd say VW really started it off with its numerous TDI offerings and with several new CDI Benzes coming (with BlueTec) its getting a following. If I remember correctly, there are several companies that are going to come out with new cars using Benz's BlueTec. As of now, diesels are most found in trucks.

posted by  StiMan

Yeah, I remember that VW seemed to be the only company to use diesel engines in the form of their TDI engine. I've never heard of Mercs 'BlueTec' though....I've heard of VW's 'BlueMotion' but not Mercs BlueTec :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

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