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Old 05-18-2006, 10:22 PM   #1
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Ford Mulls SVT Fusion and Edge

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Ford Mulls Fusion, Edge SVT Models
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WardsAuto.com, May 17, 2006 9:15 AM

Ford Motor Co. is considering the new Fusion sedan and Edge cross/utility vehicle as possible additions to its stable of high-performance vehicles, a company spokeswoman tells Ward’s.

The move is part of an emphasis Ford is placing on performance vehicles as it looks for ways to boost sagging sales. It also would represent a re-expansion of the SVT brand, which Ford signaled in April would consist of just two models.
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 to be badged SVT.

Mark Fields, president-The Americas, last month said the auto maker planned to invest in new products through its Special Vehicle Team (SVT) operation, including one SVT version of the Mustang and a yet-to-be-detailed performance truck.

He predicts the two planned SVT models will sell in the 5,000- to 10,000-unit range annually.

Ford earlier pulled back on plans for an F-Series Lightning pickup, as well as the Sport Trac Adrenalin.

The decision to add more vehicles to the SVT fleet comes on the heels of the success of Ford’s Racing Performance Group, which recently joined SVT in product development.

"Ford performance is still alive, well and kicking,” says Jamie Allison, program manager-Ford Racing Performance Group. “Whether it's called SVT or Ford Racing, Ford enthusiasts and owners of SVT products have a place, and Ford continues to reach out to them.

The redesigned ’05 Mustang is driving sales of aftermarket parts, says Allison.

“We’re seeing sales we haven’t seen in 25 years of Ford racing,” he says, noting the performance group’s sales jumped 10% in 2005, and year-to-date sales are up 15%.

A big draw is the $125,000 Grand Am Cup Mustang, a race-ready vehicle that is turning heads in the Grand Am Cup Series, which is partly owned by NASCAR. The Cup Mustang’s success on the track is leading to increased sales for the auto maker, Allison says.

“Doctors, lawyers and attorneys drive (the Grand Am Cup Mustangs), and they enjoy that sort of racing,” he says. “Because of that success, they are buying production Mustangs for their personal cars. So racing, when done properly, can lead to greater vehicle sales.”

Allison hints that several more undisclosed performance vehicles could be in the works over the next couple of years.

“Performance has always been a part of Ford,” he says. “We intend to sprinkle (other) cars with the same magic as the Mustang, and in the next year or two we’ll be talking about that. There’s a lot of emphasis in the company to push performance.”
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Old 05-18-2006, 10:30 PM   #2
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good f ind, maybe one day their will be moer svt's being made again, and ford is figuring out that consumers do what performance vehicles
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hot diggity. My dad wants a fusion and I told him to wait for the svt version and it sounds like it might happen. Igor do you know where the factory is for the svts?

If any of you guys want to get some good shots of the GT500, I was offered a chance to go for some "road testing" when Mid-town ford gets one. Stay tuned for pics.

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i htink the factory is in Dearborn, with the SVT design HQ. don't quote me on that though.
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No more information than what is in the article...

If you notice Ward is also speculating..

But one thing - I have been saying since January - is coming true .. right now at Ford, Henry Ford's quote comes alive: "History is bullocks"

Nothing (especially about cars) is fixed.. Fields can sy oine thing today and change his mind tomorrow... moreover, he does not hold any previous plans sacred.. if he does not like it, he will simply kill it or at least change it.

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i wonder what the svt fusion will be like. it would be very sweet if it were equipped with the mazdaspeed 6's engine and awd.
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^^People need to get over the Mazda crap..

Let's see: 350hp Twin Turbo 3.5l V6, AWD Fusion and Edge...

much better than the measly 2.3DISI from Mazda..

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pay attention to this part:
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“We’re seeing sales we haven’t seen in 25 years of Ford racing,” he says, noting the performance group’s sales jumped 10% in 2005, and year-to-date sales are up 15%.

A big draw is the $125,000 Grand Am Cup Mustang, a race-ready vehicle that is turning heads in the Grand Am Cup Series, which is partly owned by NASCAR. The Cup Mustang’s success on the track is leading to increased sales for the auto maker, Allison says.

“Doctors, lawyers and attorneys drive (the Grand Am Cup Mustangs), and they enjoy that sort of racing,” he says. “Because of that success, they are buying production Mustangs for their personal cars. So racing, when done properly, can lead to greater vehicle sales.”
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A bloke at Fj suggest that this pretty much confirms Ford pulling out of NASCAR.. I cannot find much to disprove that.

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Let's see: 350hp Twin Turbo 3.5l V6, AWD Fusion and Edge...

much better than the measly 2.3DISI from Mazda
you know, that does sound a bit better.
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