Ford’s Future: More small cars, more Euro models to cross the Atlantic

The good news is that Ford is expected to offer more than half-a-dozen small vehicles in North America by 2011. The better news is that all will be based on models designed and engineered by Ford of Europe. Although one car that may never hit U.S. shores is the next-generation Ka. Sources say a North American Ford Ka is not planned but could be considered of Americans decide to go that small.

Nonetheless, let’s talk about what’s headed over to the stateside from the European side. First, as you all know by now is the Ford Fiesta . The first globally-engineered Ford model will go on sale in early 2010 and will be available in three different variants including a sedan, three-door and five-door hatchback. Sources say Ford is also considering a multiactivity vehicle that will use the Fiesta platform. No word on whether it will be a long-wheelbase version of the Fiesta, but a 2012 model year for the car is expected.

The second globally-engineered model will be our beloved Ford Focus . Based completely on the European version, the next-generation Focus will make its debut as a 2011 model year.

North America is also expected to get its own version of the C-Max for the 2012 model year along with the next-generation of the Ford Escape which will be based on the Ford Kuga and its C1 platform .

Ford will redesign the Ford Fusion for the 2010 model year and will also offer a hybrid variant. Also in 2010, Ford will offer a redesigned and re-engineered Ford Taurus based on the next-generation Mondeo .

As far as mid-sized and full-sized SUVs and pickups go, Ford will redesign the successful Edge for the 2011 model year; an Explorer redesign is pushed back to 2012; Taurus X will be axed in 2009; Flex will be redesigned in 2012; Expedition will live on but will get lighter; and the new smaller F-100 will fill a spot between the Ranger and F-1500.

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