When I saw the Mondeo’s recent nip-and-tuck it struck me just how similar it now looks to the US-market Ford Taurus.

Although the two cars have very little in common, Ford is gently easing us towards the next-generation Mondeo, which will, like the new Focus, be a single model sold around the world.

Ford’s US arm has the lead responsibility for the next global Mondeo and so has to turn out a car that will be well received everywhere from New York to old York. Like the Focus, the styling will also have to be common the world over.