While walking the floor of the 78th Geneva Motor Show, we noticed quite a few cars we would like to see here in the U.S. Ironically, a lot of the European offerings we thought would be a good fit for the U.S. are actually produced by American companies. So we decided to tally a list -- this time consisting of Ford vehicles -- and come up with some reasons why these European models would be a perfect fit for the U.S.
Between 1992 and 1996, the Ford Taurus was the best selling car in the United States. After that, the Taurus nameplate continued on a steady decline until it was discontinued in October of 2006. But, thanks to Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Taurus is back for the 2008 model year. However, the newest Taurus is a far cry from the original, and its extremely slow sales has Ford scrambling to create an entirely new vehicle for 2010.
But we have a much simpler answer for Ford. Instead of going back to the drawing board, import the Euro-spec Ford Mondeo and re-badge it as the Ford Taurus.
The Mondeo's styling is light years ahead of the Taurus and the Mondeo's kinetic design theme is much better suited for a sedan. That being said, Ford should not only bring over the Mondeo sedan, but also the five-door liftback. The liftback offers the room of a traditional hatchback but without the silhouette of a hatchback that most Americans despise.
And just as the Mondeo's exterior trumps the Taurus', so does the interior. The Mondeo actually has a proper sports sedan interior. Moreover, it can also be had with a third pedal and the ability to shift your own gears.
The only downside for the Mondeo in the U.S. is that it isn't currently offered with a V6 -- one of the most coveted engines in the mid-size sedan segment. However, the Mondeo is available with a range of four and five-cylinder engines -- with four different diesel powerplants available. And rumor has it that a 240 horsepower gasoline unit and a 275 horsepower diesel are on the way, which should satisfy most drivers.