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Old 01-04-2008, 16:04   #1 (permalink)
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Fit and Finnish?

Just curious to everyones opinions on the overall fit and finnish of the new Ford line-up.

Personally speaking I believe that the new models are attractive on the exteiror but leave me lacking on the inteiror. I mean the layout and inital appearance is good but the materials seem sub-par. The plastic panneling is hard and hollow sounding (Edge, Fusion, Taurus), the rubber on the armrests is soft and seems like it will tear and deform easily (Edge, Fusion) and the console trim (all), although catchy, is chintzy feeling. I think Ford need to focus a little more on the feel behind the appeal. Just my opinoin.
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Re: Fit and Finnish?

Personal opinion is the the US Ford line-up has been lacking in interior design & standard features for sometime.
Late nineties saw Ford OZ attempt to import the Mustang. While a stunning looking vehicle externally, the lack of interior fitout meant the vehicle failed to find a market with all those except Mustangophiles.
Remember that afetr RHD coverserion & importation cost the car was competeing in a significantly different market to is US home.
Standard fitout in the OZ based Falcon/Territory is quids in versus its US counterpart. Also believe that the European based Fords are lacking a little in this area too.
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