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For Cougar lovers everywhere!
Dec 23, 2000 (1:31 am)
I found the following on the Lincolns of Distinction site (www.markviii.org). Bad news indeed, if true.
"I'm just the messenger on this one. In speaking with a Ford employee, in a VERY HIGH UP posistion, I understand that this past weekend, behind closed doors, in the "Glass House" in Dearborn, the directive was given out. Cease all design divisions work pertaining to Mercury. Cancel all future design teams.
Stick a fork in Mercury -- it's done! Timeline has it at 18 months. 2001 build-out in the normal time frame, July 2001. Returning for 2002, a carry-over Grand Marquis, just as you see it now, likewise the all new Mountaineer. Goodbye Cougar, Villager and Sable.
The birth of the "Premier Automotive Group" is about to dawn. Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar will begin to merge into the same showroom, thusly creating P.A.G. Volvo's pricing covers the $30,000 to $42,000 range, Lincoln's covers the $40,000 to $45,000 and Jaguar begins at $50,000 and goes to $95,000.
Plymouth to Oldsmobile to Mercury >>> Who's next? There will be only seven American cars left after Ford plants Mercury !!
Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Saturn, Ford & Lincoln.
(...."and then there were none")."
Dec 23, 2000 (6:58 am)
Wow. If that is true it is definitely bad news for all of us. What is going on with the American auto industry? Are we eventually going to have to pick from 2 American companies and 15 foreign ones? Hopefully our beloved Cougar will stick around in some form for more than 2 years. Maybe they will stick the Ford name on it. We can only hope that the article above is wrong.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas, and a happy New Year!
#221 of 1950 Merry Christmas
Dec 23, 2000 (9:01 am)
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. I am hoping to wash my Cat today while at my parents house. My hose at my house is frozen solid and I want my car to be nice and shiny for the Christmas season!!! Everyone please drive and be careful while on the roads!!
#222 of 1950 Merry Christmas to All
Dec 23, 2000 (8:24 pm)
Good to hear from you again, Mouse409.
Krnch, COG = Cougars Only (from Edmunds.com) Group.
Hey, MWS. Any info on the demise of Mercury. I just read at Cars.com earlier about the demise of Oldsmobile. And now the Mercury name too. I guess all these car manufacturers are consolidating their products. I still love my Cougar.
Dec 23, 2000 (10:07 pm)
Well, maybe they'll make the Cougar a baby Jaguar and give it the engine it deserves.
#224 of 1950 Crazy Idea!?!?
Dec 26, 2000 (7:42 am)
In a conversation held earlier this weekend I realized that the new Mazda Tribute/Ford Escape share the same 2.5 liter 6cyl. as our beloved cougars.
I had been talking with a co-worker bout my "dream" mods for the car, one of which is the addition of a super charger. Two things hold me back from doing this.... 1. Of course I don't exactly have $3,000 laying around collecting dust and the second hang up for me is the problem of torque steer. I have a stock v6 atx and experience it quite frequently (my last car was a rear wheel driven 240sx so perhaps i am just still getting used to the front drive or maybe it's my lead foot??)
In discussing my reservations about having that much power in a front drive vehicle, i got to thinking. I'd imagine it would be somewhat difficult, but would it be possible to fabricate an ALL WHEEL DRIVE Cougar from existing Escape/Tribute components?!?!?! I believe the engine is still mounted transversely in the Escape/Tribute as it is in our Cougars.
I dunno maybe it's the Egg Nog talking
P.S. This new Edmunds format smells like Flatulence
A real pain in the Derierre!!
I can NOT get this to post my damn message!!!!!!
Dec 26, 2000 (7:44 am)
It took me 2 days to get that message posted.....
#226 of 1950 Posting messages
Dec 26, 2000 (9:18 am)
I've lost about 5 posts in the last week. I'm avoiding Edmunds until they get the glitches worked out.
Dec 26, 2000 (11:03 am)
...to all the posts that never made it the the Edmunds server to be read by CSG members. I, too, have lost several posts. Let's hope that our messages made to Post Heaven.
To Edmunds staff:
I hope this is not an ongoing issue. We're not trying to be ungrateful or rude, but we're just frustrated with the new format. I hope all the kinks can be ironed out quickly, and CSG can operate smoothly as before.
#228 of 1950 Lost post about lost posts
Dec 26, 2000 (3:29 pm)
I hope this board gets straightened out. It's hardly worth posting anymore. I lost 2 semi-literate posts and then lost the one where I whined about losing them. This is a serious flaw in a message board and I'm getting pretty peeved about it.