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Ford Starts Work On New Family of Mid-Size Vehicles

October 9, 2002

Ford Motor Co. has quietly started work on a new family of mid-size vehicles, an important product development effort aimed at bolsteringthe heart of the automaker's Ford and Mercury brand lineups, according to the Detroit News.The line of cars will feature a four-door sedan that would hit Ford and Mercury showrooms in 2005 and eventually replace the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable as the bread-and-butter passenger cars for the brands, according to Ford officials and future product analysts, the News reported.According to the News, the Taurus is expected to be phased out within a few years, but it may coexist for a short time with the new product. In addition to the sedan, Ford is studying other variations that may include a mid-sized sport wagon, a hatchback and possibly a crossover utility vehicle, analysts say.The lineup is expected to fill a void created when Ford discontinued the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique several years ago, and help buttress Ford's slice of the U.S. passenger car market, according to the News.
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