Next-Generation Ford Fiesta May Benefit From Ford's New Platform Family
By Richard Bremner, Correspondent | Published Nov 19, 2012
Just the Facts:
•Ford is taking a page from the Volkswagen playbook and developing a new three-prong platform family.
•The next-generation Ford Fiesta, due in around three years, could be the first recipient of the new hardware and component set.
•Insiders tell Edmunds that the core Ford Fiesta, Focus and Fusion models and their crossover spin-offs will be part of the new platform family.
CONTINUE AT: http://www.insideline.com/ford/next-...rm-family.htmlFord's new platform family will be similar in concept to Volkswagen's MQB modular platform, but with structural variations to suit the sizes of the cars that will be spun from each of them.
According to Ford insiders, one drawback of VW's highly publicized MQB strategy — in which the group's small, midsize and crossover models share the same core hardware — is that the smaller models carry a weight penalty because the platform has to suit bigger and heavier cars.