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American engineers will develop Ford’s global midsize platform


By utilizing two separate fuel tanks, the Tri-Fuel Mondeo is capable of driving up to 815 miles (1,311km)

By utilizing two separate fuel tanks, the Tri-Fuel Mondeo is capable of driving up to 815 miles (1,311km)

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Ford’s midsize Fusion sedan and its associated Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ cousins were just updated for the 2010 model year but details of the next-generation model, due in 2012, have already surfaced. While the current car is based on the CD3 platform from the Mazda6, the next Fusion will be derived from the architecture that underpins the current European Mondeo.

Called EUCD, the FWD platform was originally developed in Europe specifically for the Mondeo. Ford’s new global midsize sedan will be derived from this platform but updates will be done by engineers working in North America.

Speaking with Automotive News, Ford’s vice president of global product programs, Joe Bakaj, said the project had been assigned to the Blue Oval’s Dearborn engineering center in Detroit. "We're trying to balance the workload between the engineering centers, and so the cars are going to be led out of North America but with a global team," he explained.

In addition to North American engineers, representatives from Europe and Asia, including China, are on the team as well. This approach will allow the creation of a single, global model that can be later easily adapted to accommodate regional variations.

The decision to drop the Mazda6 platform ties in with Ford’s plan to reduce its link with Mazda, following the move last year to sell off most of its stake in the Japanese carmaker. The EUCD platform is also much newer than the Mazda6’s CD3 design and has been designed to easily accommodate AWD configurations, plus four, five, or six-cylinder powerplants. Its standard format is FWD.

Previous reports suggested that Ford of Europe is likely to extensively update EUCD for its next-generation Mondeo, with a longer wheelbase, wider track and more powerful engines all tipped to be among the list of changes. Any changes implemented for the next Mondeo will almost certainly flow on to the next Fusion.
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  1. Will this mean the Mondeo's volvo-sourced ST engine will make it too?
     
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  2. Wait the next Fusion will be based on the current platform, why not work on the replacments together so they are similar yet different for each market.
     
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  3. noname i think thats what they're saying.. the platform will be extensively redone for 2012 in europe and at that time, the fusion will become the mondeo as it was in days of old
     
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  4. Ok, I see it now, hopefully we get the DSG style transmission going into the Focus in this car as well, that would be good.
     
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  5. noname.. never saw that comment last time this article came around. i agree.. by 2012 they should be putting the DSG into this car. its supposed to start in the fiesta in 2010, work its way into the focus in 2011, and then 2012 the next fusion comes around? should be just on time for some DSG itself.

    this also means something huge too,.. you know that theyll design this with hybridization in mind, with the current half gen fusion getting a pretty extensive hybridization. will europe be getting a hybrid mondeo?

    or more importantly, will america be getting a diesel?
     
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  6. It's a logical move from Ford that the next-gen Mondeo is engineered in the Untied States. In Europe, the Mondeo's segment (non-luxury mid-size cars, aka large family cars) is shrinking every year. Most people who want a car roomier than a Golf/Focus/308 don't buy a Mondeo/Insignia/Passat, but am MPV or a SUV. And most people who want a car posher than a Golf/Focus/308 get a 3-Series or a C-Class.
     
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