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Ford Flex, Concept Cars, Wagon, SUV
#66 of 115 Re: Where does it fit in... [pnewby]
Apr 23, 2007 (7:38 am)
If you notice it's only the magazines and folks who do paper comparisons who say the 3.0L is underpowered with the CVT.
#67 of 115 Re: Where does it fit in... [akirby]
Apr 23, 2007 (8:34 am)
And the FS's decent 0-60 times are beside the point...the point that it doesn't sell in sufficient numbers to be a real contender.
It's far from the first instance of a good vehicle not selling very well. When that happens, no amount of pointing out its attributes is going to solve the problem.
A combination of things came together: a lot of people might have been put off by how the CVT sounded in that class of car. The styling is innocuous to the point of being boring and old school station-wagony, when everyone else is going for a more current CUV look. AND it looks too much like the Explorer, another great vehicle that unfortunately was redesigned to keep looking like its old self...until it almost passe-ed itself out of existence.
The Taurus X will pick up sales now that the Explorer front end is gone, and the dumb name (easily confused with the mediocre Freestar) and CVT are gone. But it still looks like a station wagon...or a Freestyle with a different grill.
#68 of 115 Re: Where does it fit in... [gregg_vw]
Apr 23, 2007 (4:23 pm)
Taurus X seems to be update in Taurus station wagon. Yeah not as stylish as original (and even redesigned one) was. But thats Ford - they now think bland in USA.
#69 of 115 Re: Where does it fit in... [gregg_vw]
Apr 24, 2007 (2:52 pm)
This really doesn't seem to be a reply to my message.
But in this case- why would Ford try to spend even more money to upgrade and replace an upgraded replacement. I highly doubt they will make another SUV off this architecture. This is already number 2- with another 1 or 2 on the way. My comment was that the Flex doesn't seem to be a huge improvement over the Taurus X. The new TX is a good vehicle. Why not copy Dodge and the Avenger and slap styling cues form the Fairlane concept on it? i haven't seen a lot of advantage from Flex-yet. As for Flex restyle- yes- if sales are a flop, then an update will help and not be hard to do.
Argument Picking? Didn't mean to hurt anyones feelings. I just want people to think.
#70 of 115 Re: Where does it fit in... [mistr]
Apr 24, 2007 (3:00 pm)
Got it. No problem from this end.
#71 of 115 Re: Where does it fit in... [twain]
Apr 28, 2007 (1:21 pm)
But now, Ford has two large three row crossovers with only styling to set them apart.
This doesn't make sense? Pontac had the large Bonneville and Grand Prix for years. THis helps give some diversity. At least they don't look the same.
#72 of 115 What's Up?
Apr 28, 2007 (1:23 pm)
What's going on? Is there nothing to be said about this crossover anymore?
#73 of 115 Re: What's Up? [mistr]
Apr 28, 2007 (2:00 pm)
Apparently not until someone sees it or tests it or gets more detailed information. Ford is announcing this puppy awfully early.
#74 of 115 Re: What's Up? [gregg_vw]
Apr 28, 2007 (2:19 pm)
I think they're desperate for some good PR. It does show that Ford is changing their ways with all the features that will be available. The only thing missing is a more powerful engine option.
#75 of 115 Re: What's Up? [akirby]
Apr 29, 2007 (9:33 am)
Hey- don't complain! Fords old Duratec 6 made 200hp. The new 3.5 makes 265. That's enough improvement for me!!!