According to Ford CEO, Alan Mulally, Ford is planning on selling common vehicles across its global regions in the small and mid-sized car segment. Shared global cars has always been the center of Mulally’s strategy to help the struggling auto maker.
While Ford is already working on introducing a compact B-segment car, Mulally said yesterday that the next-generation Focus and Fusion would also be global vehicles.
While Mulally hasn’t revealed a time table for the future global cars, analysts are saying they expect Ford to introduce a global Focus in 2010 or 2011. A global mid-sized car will replace the current U.S. Fusion in the next decade. While all global cars won’t be identical, they’ll share Ford’s global platform.
The Mazda-engineered platform of the Mazda2, that will be used Ford’s next-generation B-segment cars, is one example.
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