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Stiletto
01-10-2012, 07:19 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/09/article-2084209-0F64151400000578-700_634x286.jpg


New Mondeo announced.

The USA will get it under another name later.

Dan McCosh
01-10-2012, 07:21 PM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/09/article-2084209-0F64151400000578-700_634x286.jpg


New Mondeo announced.

the USA will get it under another name later. That's the new Fusion, on the floor at the Detroit auto show. Also coming in a plug-in version that gets 100 mpg.

Peerie Maa
01-10-2012, 07:29 PM
I saw it on the news coverage of the Detroit show. I don't care at all for its looks.
That's always the way with the newest model. Give it a year and you'll not notice, or will think that the 2000 model is real dated.

Dan McCosh
01-10-2012, 07:29 PM
I saw it on the news coverage of the Detroit show. I don't care at all for its looks. What do you think is good-looking?

Dan McCosh
01-10-2012, 08:02 PM
That's interesting--there really isn't any other car that remotely resembles the Beetle. The Fusion is in the mainstream of contemporary design trends, which would include the Dart, Honda Accord, Hyundai Elantra, etc.

Nicholas Carey
01-10-2012, 08:20 PM
That's interesting--there really isn't any other car that remotely resembles the Beetle.

I dunno about that. I thing that VW/Porsche/Audi wants to establish a consistent design vocabulary across the three product lines. They're trying to make the new (2012) Beetle

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/04/18/automobiles/wheels-bug2/wheels-bug2-blog480.jpg

look like a lower-cost Audi TT

http://homeautodesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2012-Audi-TT-RS-White-auto-4.jpg

And the TT itself, I think, shares certain design elements with Porsche, like this 2012 Panamera

http://www.lincah.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2012-Porsche-Panamera-Diesel-Top-Side-588x441.jpg

The Bigfella
01-10-2012, 08:32 PM
Ford have definitely tried to get some Aston Martin influence into the front of it.

Dan McCosh
01-10-2012, 08:42 PM
Might note that the original New Beetle and the new Fusion were done under the direction of Ford's current design chief Mays.

Hwyl
01-10-2012, 08:56 PM
Ford originally called the American Mondeo, the Contour. It's a car that flopped here for no apparent reason (mostly designed by my school friend RPJ). They must have dropped the Contour name.

Dan McCosh
01-10-2012, 09:02 PM
Ford originally called the American Mondeo, the Contour. It's a car that flopped here for no apparent reason (mostly designed by my school friend RPJ). They must have dropped the Contour name. The Fusion formerly was based on a Mazda-developed platform, similar to the Mazda 6. The new car is based on an all-new platform developed in Europe, shared with the new Mondeo. The new cars don't have much in common with the old ones.

Hwyl
01-10-2012, 09:05 PM
The Fusion formerly was based on a Mazda-developed platform, similar to the Mazda 6. The new car is based on an all-new platform developed in Europe, shared with the new Mondeo. The new cars don't have much in common with the old ones.

Good, it was a dated car, will there be an AWD version

Dan McCosh
01-10-2012, 09:44 PM
Good, it was a dated car, will there be an AWD version Yes--AWD, 2WD, four engines, three transmissions, and two kinds of hybrids.

Gerarddm
01-10-2012, 10:51 PM
Looks angry, doesn't it?

Chip-skiff
01-11-2012, 01:06 AM
The shape of the grille reminds me of the Aston-Martin—

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dSMxJIuRC9E/TiHCDTyHv5I/AAAAAAAABog/ZSXg46HmQ0k/s640/Aston+Martin+DB9+1.jpg

But that's a horse of a different colour.

purri
01-11-2012, 02:35 AM
AM meets Audi. Covered in part on an old thread

BrianW
01-11-2012, 05:27 AM
Yes--AWD, 2WD, four engines, three transmissions, and two kinds of hybrids.

Sounds complicated.

Dan McCosh
01-11-2012, 09:00 AM
Sounds complicated. It is, but many manufacturers are introducing multiple drive train options to cover all the fuel-economy bases.