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Old 03-03-2007, 11:30 PM   #1
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Automobile envisions the 2009 Ford Escort

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2009 Ford Escort

By Stuart Fowle
http://www.automobilemag.com/new_and...9_ford_escort/



In a poll we conducted in Febuary, eighty-seven percent of you said that Mazda should sell the new-generation Mazda 2 subcompact in the United States. While the Zoom Zoom brand isn't giving the 2 a green light yet, it appears that Ford is. Mazda's parent company plans to take the 2 to a global level in the next few years, and for once we won't be left out of the small car party. Perhaps it's a response to the upcoming Dodge Hornet, or maybe it's just Ford taking a worthwhile risk for once--we don't know. Either way, we're excited to see how a subcompact hatchback from one of the big three will sell here in the land of Chevy Suburbans and Ford F-250 Super Dutys.

One big question, other than engine choices, is what Ford will call the new model. American's probably wouldn't go for the Ka name used across the pond, and Fiesta probably wouldn't work, either. What about Festiva? Please, Ford-don't do it. Judging by Ford's new philosophy of not introducing new, unknown names (the Five Hundred is now, as you know, the Taurus) there's only one choice: Escort. Above is a rendering of what the new Escort might look like, complete with a Fusion-style grille. If not the Escort, what do you think the new model should be called? Click here to tell us what you think in our forums.


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Old 03-03-2007, 11:43 PM   #2
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god i hope they dont call it an escort. why must ford resurrect these names that conjure up images of rental cars and shitboxes? why not call it the pinto?
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So wait.... I'm confused by the linked article. Forget the naming scheme, is that pictured car actually coming to the US? Maybe I just need to get some sleep. Damn...
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So wait.... I'm confused by the linked article. Forget the naming scheme, is that pictured car actually coming to the US? Maybe I just need to get some sleep. Damn...
Ford is planning to bring a new small car to North America based on the Mazda 2, being sold in Europe.

This photochop is just a Mazda 2 with an imaginary Ford front end.

Personally, I don't care too much if it's called an Escort. Better than Aspire!

Also, the Mazda 2 has been getting some great reviews, saying that it seems like a more expensive car than it is quality-wise. Of course, Ford could screw it up by cheapening it for us. I hope they don't 'Focus' it like that.
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they should just make it the KA or fiesta. Is the Puma still around?
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:24 AM   #6
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Here is the new Mazda 2 it will be based on...

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God I love the Mazda 2! Why didn't they ever bring it over to begin with? Ahh well, there may be hope for Ford after all. Forget the 2008 Focus! :-)
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The Mazda looks better.
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Im glad to hear the escort might be comin back i think if they do something else for the front grill, it will look awesome. i think i can deal with the new focus 2008 For now. But this escort looks promising glad we can get a car like that from ford =), cuz even though ford hates me and gives us crap, sumtimes they like us.
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I realize that it is Photoshop, but if Ford puts that oddawful grill on that car I'd be forced to buy the Mazda 2...
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