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#479 of 2924 Re: taylor [baggs32 #478]
Apr 12, 2004 (8:06 pm)
So far as I can see from a distance, I believe Al-Quaida has taken over control of "the general", which explains why GM is claiming to be on a comeback while nosediving into the ground with stupid, out-of-touch product lines. The corporate crater will be huge on this one! Honestly how else can one explain the absurdity of products offered by this marque? If I had the courage of my convictions I'd buy Ford stock while it is in the dumpster like it was in the late 70's. If you'd bought it then, by 1995 or so you'd have made a ton of $$. The Taurus model was the breakthrough model. Could the new retro mustang be their next savior??? What do you think???
Apr 13, 2004 (4:30 am)
I'm not sure that the Mustang will be the "savior", but it surely will help. The buzz this car has been creating is phenomenal. Everyone I know has either seen or heard about it and can't wait to see one in person.
Now if Ford plays it's cards right and releases the Futura (which won't be called the Futura anymore because of the Pep Boys tire brand) on time, they should be back in full swing again. I say this because the Mustang will certainly generate more showroom traffic, but it's not for everyone. The Futura (rumor says it might be named the Four Hundred) on the other hand is for everyone and could very well be the next Taurus. We won't know for sure until Ford shows us a production version but things are looking up! Let's not forget about the Five Hundred too.
Like you said, if I also had the courage of my convictions, I'd have bought Ford stock a year ago.
In case you're wondering about the Futura, it's based on the Mazda6 (I am currently leasing one and it is an amazing car), will have a hybrid system as an option a year or so after launch, and can be fitted with an AWD drivetrain. It should be quite a nice ride!
That's just what I think. Take it for what you will.
#481 of 2924 futura or 400
Apr 13, 2004 (4:42 am)
The Lincoln version just debuted at the New York Auto Show last week. It's called the Zephyr and looks great. Anyone worried about 'rebadging' of the Mazda6 needn't be - it looks nothing like a Mazda, inside or out.
Apr 13, 2004 (6:32 am)
No doubt about it that the Futura looks good so far...I'm just surprised that Ford didn't bring back the "Galaxie" name for it, or maybe the "Falcon". Much cooler than Futura or 400...
Ford currently makes a Falcon for the Aussie market, and it sells quite well.
Retro names attached to modern cars is a nice link with the past IMO. Sure, not all of a company's line should revisit old names, but a few sprinkled around can't hurt.
Apr 13, 2004 (8:55 am)
"Sure, not all of a company's line should revisit old names, but a few sprinkled around can't hurt."
I agree, but Ford lost a few of their old names along with a new one like "Futura". There's a list somewhere out there but I can't remember where it is.
They've also been re-securing some of the old names to make sure they don't lose them too.
"Anyone worried about 'rebadging' of the Mazda6 needn't be"
That's right. The Lincoln and Ford versions are definitely not re-badges. They are just going to be built on the same solid and flexible platform.
#484 of 2924 Re: [baggs32 #483]
Apr 13, 2004 (7:23 pm)
Isn't there also a rumored Ford to be built off the Volvo S80 P2 platform? The pix thought to be that car was really modern and chique looking, and let me tell ya, the Volvos are fine machines in the luxo market. It might well be high time they junked the Mercury marque and just used the Jag and Volvo marques for luxury. The Lincolns just don't differentiate enough to garner a different clientel IMHO. GM is deader than a doornail if truck sails ever tank from high fuel costs, or if boomers stop buying them when their kids are gone. That's when I think Fords product line will eat GM alive.
#485 of 2924 S80 platform
Apr 13, 2004 (7:50 pm)
I beleive that is the upcoming Freestyle/500.
Apr 14, 2004 (4:15 am)
stickguy is right. The Freestyle (not to be confused with the Freestar minivan) and the Five-Hundred (500 for short) are both built upon the S80 platform.
The 500 and "Futura" are replacements for the Taurus. One is a little bigger and one is a little smaller respectively. Same goes for the price.
I've seen the 500 at the car show and it is quite nice. Pictures don't do it justice. I can't wait to see what comes out of the professional test drives in the coming months!
#487 of 2924 Autoweek Magazine
Apr 15, 2004 (5:43 am)
The latest issue (4-19-2004) of Autoweek Magazine is devoted to 40 years of Mustang and features the 2005 GT-R.
Apr 15, 2004 (6:16 pm)
Don't forget the Freeport and the Freewilly. Oh, how I wish Bill would drop the fetish with alliteration.