Barra Fairlane a Mercury
I just read that Mercury will be badge-engineering the Euro Ford Mondeo. So, considering Mercury is just about up shit creak, maybe they could pick up the Barra Fairlane and make it a Mercury Caliante or something. A car like that would do wonders for the rather stoodgy image of the company. Barra Fairlane will probbably have a euro-yank look so it would fit well within the Mercury lineup. The cops would love them too!(falcon too small.
It would make a good flagship car, could sit between the Grand Marquis and cheaper Lincoln LS. Although Grand Marqis (aka Crown Victoria) would be a bigger car, a more compact rear-drive V8 vehicle with better engines, features, looks, mechanicles...etc. Just a thought. Suddenly you might find Motor Trend talking "Mercury" and "BMW" in the same sentence.
Or, mercury badged XR's? the Mercury Cyclone (XR6T) and Cyclone GT (XR8). Remember them?????? a practical four-door supercar is a good selling point, no?
The work Ford Australia has put into the BA would indicate some thought for export...why move the fuel tank?
At lest it would be a reletivly cheap image boost for the Mercury. Afterall the more cars Ford sells around the world, the more money there is for new and better products.
Mercury is a great Marque and it would be pleasing to see Ford exploiting their better cars to improve image and profitability.
Ramble, ramble, ramble...
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