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    Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

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    American engineers will develop Ford’s global midsize platform
    Posted Today, 7:09 AM by Kenneth Hall

    Ford’s midsize Fusion sedan and its associated Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ cousins were just updated for the 2010 model year but details of the next-generation model, due in 2012, have already surfaced. While the current car is based on the CD3 platform from the Mazda6, the next Fusion will be derived from the architecture that underpins the current European Mondeo.

    Called EUCD, the FWD platform was originally developed in Europe specifically for the Mondeo. Ford’s new global midsize sedan will be derived from this platform but updates will be done by engineers working in North America.

    Speaking with Automotive News, Ford’s vice president of global product programs, Joe Bakaj, said the project had been assigned to the Blue Oval’s Dearborn engineering center in Detroit. "We're trying to balance the workload between the engineering centers, and so the cars are going to be led out of North America but with a global team," he explained.

    In addition to North American engineers, representatives from Europe and Asia, including China, are on the team as well. This approach will allow the creation of a single, global model that can be later easily adapted to accommodate regional variations.

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    One more reason why Ford is doing better than GM.
    What imrpovements did GM make to the Malibu for the following year? DI Engines? Nope. Better Steering Wheel? Nope. Rear Center Armrests? Nope.
    They'll probably do nothing until the next revision in a few years. Honda updated the best selling Civic the following year, Mazda ditto with the 3, Ford with the Fusion, etc etc.
    GM is asleep at the wheel.

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    GM JUST updated the Malibu for MY2008.

    The main reason why the EUCD is getting a substantial redesign is because the platform cannot handle a V6 engine.
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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    One more reason why Ford is doing better than GM.
    What imrpovements did GM make to the Malibu for the following year? DI Engines? Nope. Better Steering Wheel? Nope. Rear Center Armrests? Nope.
    They'll probably do nothing until the next revision in a few years. Honda updated the best selling Civic the following year, Mazda ditto with the 3, Ford with the Fusion, etc etc.
    GM is asleep at the wheel.
    The Malibu was all new in 2008. They haven't totally been sitting on their hands either. For 2009 they added Blutooth connectivity and made the 4cyl / 6spd combo availailable in all but the LS version.

    BTW, does the new 2010 Fusion have direct injection? I don't think so. At least it has a capless fuel filler - we've all been clamoring for that feature.

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    One more reason why Ford is doing better than GM.
    What imrpovements did GM make to the Malibu for the following year? DI Engines? Nope. Better Steering Wheel? Nope. Rear Center Armrests? Nope.
    They'll probably do nothing until the next revision in a few years. Honda updated the best selling Civic the following year, Mazda ditto with the 3, Ford with the Fusion, etc etc.
    GM is asleep at the wheel.
    I totally agree!!!! GM is stupid for spending most of it's money on new fuel efficient platforms and technologies like the Volt and the Cruze. How dare they spend what little money they have available on a brand new mid-size platform that will underpin the next Malibu in a few years!!!!

    They're totally out of it. I'm going to buy a Hyundai in protest!!!!!!!

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Quote Originally Posted by minnfang View Post
    The Malibu was all new in 2008. They haven't totally been sitting on their hands either. For 2009 they added Blutooth connectivity and made the 4cyl / 6spd combo availailable in all but the LS version.

    BTW, does the new 2010 Fusion have direct injection? I don't think so. At least it has a capless fuel filler - we've all been clamoring for that feature.
    Neither does the Malibu!

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Quote Originally Posted by davidlane View Post
    Neither does the Malibu!
    No kidding Sherlock.

    I only mentioned the Fusion not having DI because he made it sound like the Malibu was behind by not having it. Does anyone make a car with DI in this class? (Passat doesn't count - too spendy.)

    With the way GM is going, they just may be the first ones to have DI in this class of car. (Or the first to go bankrupt - oops.)

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Good job ford. They already have 41 mpg fusion hybrid and most fuel efficient 4 cylinder engine on mid size car and in two years they will bring all new car that is even better. That is how you win customers. You will never win customer like gm is doing. Complaining and never updating product. (G6, Impala, saab 9-3 or cobalt)
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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Quote Originally Posted by minnfang View Post
    I only mentioned the Fusion not having DI because he made it sound like the Malibu was behind by not having it. Does anyone make a car with DI in this class? (Passat doesn't count - too spendy.)
    My guess would be that GM would add the DI version fo the 2.4L I4 version of the Malibu sometime in the future - possibly when it gets its MCE in a few years. The DI engine is supposed to have 180hp when introduced, but a report awhile back said more may be on the way.

    If GM wants to stay competitive, this may be inevitable and may even end up in the Cruze at some point.

    Considering that you can get the I4 in the Accord in two flavors (177hp & 190hp) and Toyota may add the new 2.7L I4 that debuted in the Highlander to the Camry's list of options (it has 187hp vs. the standard Camry's 2.4L engine with 158hp) and GM will have to keep up with the crowd.

    If that happens, we may very well see a DI engine make as standard fare in the family car class...

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    the next midsize platform will not be based on eucd platform. It will be based on either the Tata Nano Europe platform (remember ford has ties with tata) or it will be based off the Ford Mustang platform or it could be based off both.... who knows.... anything is possible in the land of OZ....

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Quote Originally Posted by nadepalma View Post
    My guess would be that GM would add the DI version fo the 2.4L I4 version of the Malibu sometime in the future - possibly when it gets its MCE in a few years. The DI engine is supposed to have 180hp when introduced, but a report awhile back said more may be on the way.

    If GM wants to stay competitive, this may be inevitable and may even end up in the Cruze at some point.

    Considering that you can get the I4 in the Accord in two flavors (177hp & 190hp) and Toyota may add the new 2.7L I4 that debuted in the Highlander to the Camry's list of options (it has 187hp vs. the standard Camry's 2.4L engine with 158hp) and GM will have to keep up with the crowd.

    If that happens, we may very well see a DI engine make as standard fare in the family car class...

    ...just an observation...
    I think you're right. I do hope however that GM focuses on fuel economy when tuning a 4cyl DI engine for this application.

    The addition of DI to the Lambda lineup was a disappointment with regards to fuel economy. Yes, I know they get good fuel economy for what they are; I was just hoping the addition of DI would put them way ahead of the pack.

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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Lol... Another Ford thread hijacked by GM product.
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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Correction.................. another Ford thread hijacked by the lack of GM product.


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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    Quote Originally Posted by minnfang View Post
    The Malibu was all new in 2008. They haven't totally been sitting on their hands either. For 2009 they added Blutooth connectivity and made the 4cyl / 6spd combo availailable in all but the LS version.

    BTW, does the new 2010 Fusion have direct injection? I don't think so. At least it has a capless fuel filler - we've all been clamoring for that feature.
    An all-new Malibu on the Epsilon II platform will arrive in 2011 as a 2012 model. It will be a world car (only ours will be on the LWB version). Expect the 2.4L ECOTEC SIDI and a DI V6, as well as AWD.

    Although I have not been told either way, I would not be surprised to see the 2.4L SIDI end up in the Malibu next year, but who knows...
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    Re: Ford N.A. will update EUCD Platform for next Mondeo, Fusion

    I still jerk it to the Mondeo after two years...Well, not really, but if you're someone who likes to jerk to cars, the Modeo is motor vehicle pornography in my opinion.
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