On sale 2014; will follow Fiesta and Focus with global design
11 January 2010

The next Mondeo is set to follow the Focus and Fiesta and become Ford’s third world car, sources have revealed to Autocar.

Insiders at the highest level have confirmed that designs for the new Mondeo are now nearing completion and the finished car is expected to hit the showrooms in 2014, when it will replace the European Mondeo and the US market Fusion.

Like the new Focus, previewed at today’s Detroit motor show, it’s also expected to be manufactured in Europe, the US and China.

In a break from tradition though, the new Mondeo is being designed and engineered in the US.

The finished production car though will be sold globally with no design changes to suit local markets, although as with the Focus and Fiesta there will probably be small chassis alterations to suit local driving conditions.

Chas Hallett

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11 January 2010

Uh oh ... designed and engineered in the US. Does Europe really need a 5 metre 3.5 litre petrol Mondeo?

I don't think this is a good idea.

11 January 2010

[quote Cheltenhamshire]Does Europe really need a 5 metre 3.5 litre petrol Mondeo?[/quote]

With a manual box? Sounds much better than the diesels we will get!

11 January 2010

[quote Autocar]The next Mondeo is set to follow the Focus and Fiesta and become Ford’s third world car, sources have revealed to Autocar.[/quote]

Not sure many people in the "third world" need a mondeo!!!! :P

11 January 2010

[quote Vidge 123]

Not sure many people in the "third world" need a mondeo!!!! :P

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Can't be any worse than my 09 mondeo that was clearly built in the third world :(

11 January 2010

Designed and engineered in the States. This does not bode well although surely lessons have been learned since the Probe.

11 January 2010

Wow!, what an amazing announcement!. I seem to recall BMW announcing something similar with their 3 series, mind you that was back in 1991!

11 January 2010

[quote Autocar]The next Mondeo is set to follow the Focus and Fiesta and become Ford’s third world car, sources have revealed to Autocar.[/quote]

Wasn't the original Mondeo a World car, hence the name - monde-o?

11 January 2010

I think the original Mondeo was meant to be, it was called the Contour in the USA, but they slightly changed every single panel for no reason at all. Even the crease at the botton of the doors was different, for no apparent reason.

I dont think the Americans took to it at all, it was too cramped in the rear apparently. Plus their version was quite ugly & I dont think they got the hatch.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

11 January 2010

To quote Wikipedia, "While the Mondeo has been afforded three body styles (4-door sedan, 5-door liftback and a station wagon), the North American variants were developed as sedans only. Despite external appearances and the original goal of being a world car, the only external items the Mondeo shared with the Contour were the windscreen, front windows, front mirrors and door handles. The interior was also slightly different"

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

11 January 2010

[quote Mart_J]Wasn't the original Mondeo a World car, hence the name - monde-o? [/quote]

Yup, quite right. Although the 1st gen Mondeo wasn't quite a world car as intended because roof, windscreen and front door windows apart every exterior panel differed from the Contour even though you could clearly see they were related. Facelifts of both models which saw the chrome oval grille and wraparound lights meant they looked almost identical at the front, but again none of the panels were interchageable. A good example of how to get a global car wrong!

Anyway, I don`t see what the concern is about having the 4th gen Mondeo engineered in North America. The current model is bigger than the already large Fusion, which itself was almost identical in size to the previous Mondeo.

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