Ford’s product development chief Derrick Kuzak told Reuters that the North American launch of the Ford Fiesta and the redesigned Focus are on schedule for next year. Kuzak said that production of the Fiesta will kick off in Mexico in the first half of 2010, followed by the Focus in the second half.
The two models will put Ford ahead of U.S. rivals GM and Chrysler in adding and improving their small-car lineup.
“Right now, both of those programs remain on target,” Kuzak said. “And on the Fiesta side, launching in the U.S., we will be building on some very good momentum because the vehicle has already launched in other regions of the world.”
The Ford Fiesta and the Focus are a part of Ford’s world-car strategy to build vehicles globally with as many parts in common as possible in a move that reduces cost.
It is reported that the next-generation Ford Fusion and the Taurus will be built on Ford’s European C/D-Class platform, which currently underpins the Ford Mondeo.
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– By: Omar Rana