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Old 01-05-2003, 22:44   #1 (permalink)
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Mercury Messenger Concept unveiled in Detroit

The Mercury Messenger concept is a distinctive and energetic high-performance two-seat sports coupe that represents the first expression of Mercury's new design DNA. A coupe with a clean, technical appearance, the Messenger is intelligent and charismatic with a design savvy attitude. Powered by a 60-degree, quad-cam V-12 engine producing 460 horsepower driving the rear wheels, the Messenger is a classic sports car who's proportions directly result from the vehicle's dramatic architecture.

Design inspiration for the Mercury Messenger goes back to the brand's roots and gives a message of where Mercury is going in the future. The Mercury Messenger may be the ultimate dream car, but what it represents is the essence of what Mercury is becoming.
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Mercury Messenger:

Expressing Future Mercury Design DNA

DETROIT, Jan. 6, 2003; In ancient Roman mythology, Mercury was the god of speed and agility and the messenger of the heavens. At the North American International Auto Show, Mercury is a brand sending a message that modern design will lead its rejuvenation, beginning with its new Messenger concept coupe.
Mercury is returning to its roots as a design leader introducing the Messenger concept, a distinctive and energetic high-performance two-seat sports coupe.
The Messenger concept car represents the first expression of Mercury's new design DNA with a clean, technical appearance that begins to establish the look of Mercury products still to come. Mercury will introduce four new products over the next four years including a minivan, a small sport utility
and two cars.
"The body surface reflects the car's power and grace, with flowing body lines that are accented with purposeful air intakes and outlets," says Gerry
McGovern, design director, Lincoln Mercury. "The dynamic fluidity of the Messenger's lean and taut form is expressed at rest as much as it is in movement."

Exterior Design
The Messenger's proportions are the direct result of the dramatic vehicle architecture -- clean and sculpted with a tautness and agility that transcends the vehicle's design and handling characteristics.
It is a vehicle designed to be uncompromised in capability and
performance. The long hood houses a powerful 4.6-liter modular V-8 engine. The energetic stance and supple appearance of the Messenger are enhanced by 20-inch wheels with 305mm wide tires on the rear and 19-inch wheels with 275mm wide tires on the front -- a tire/wheel combination that allows the car to
firmly put down onto the pavement all the power the V-8 can generate.
The spoke wheels have a turbine theme, with vanes that reflect the appearance of the Mercury "flying M" logo. The functional vanes help direct airflow over the vented brake disc and high performance brake calipers,
further communicating the car's high performance capabilities.
One aspect of Mercury's future design DNA is embodied by the stacked element theme at the front of the vehicle with distinctive front lights and vertical grill elements. The rear lights convey the DNA message with sequential taillights that repeat the theme.
Large, beautifully sculpted front air scoops and outlets at the front and rear of the vehicle provide a purposeful and powerful look.

Interior Design
The compact and efficient exterior package provides a cockpit-like driving environment inside, with the cockpit placed directly between the wheels to further emphasize the car's proportions.
The Messenger interior is designed to be taut, innovative and functional -- technologically advanced, yet intuitive to use, providing innovative stowage and space within a compact package. The interior is the embodiment of Mercury's new DNA direction.
The design of the door panels echoes the shape of the exterior body side feature, with the interior armrest resting upon the shape of the exterior air vent sheet metal on the doors. The design of the doors emphasizes the perception of a protective environment.
All displays in the cockpit emit minimum levels of information to
facilitate quick and concise driver response. The instrument panel is designed with primary focus zones that have intuitive interfaces to keep the driver constantly informed. Switchgear is minimized to reduce distraction.
"This vehicle is driver-focused, from the commanding seating position to the way the vehicle interfaces with the person behind the wheel," says McGovern. "Use of the controls inside the cockpit is intuitive."
The seats in the Messenger are mounted laterally to the tunnel and rocker panel to further strengthen the lightweight aluminum hydro-formed monocoque, while forming part of the integral occupant safety cell.
The central console incorporates a centrally mounted chronograph.The clock, like all key elements, is in close proximity to the driver to allow split-second comprehension and reaction during high-performance driving.

A Look Back - A Look Ahead
Design inspiration for the Mercury Messenger goes back to Mercury's roots and gives a message of where Mercury is going in the future. In Roman mythology, Mercury was not only the messenger of the gods. This son of Zeus was also god of commerce and travel. He was accurate, reliable and swift. Edsel Ford's vision at Mercury's start in 1938 was to produce vehicles that were refined with an emphasis on design. Reliability and
swiftness were admirable attributes for a new automotive brand. Similarly, Mercury's modern mission is to capture the American driving experience through innovation and design.

McGovern on Messenger and Mercury Design
"Messenger is about taut, dynamic surfaces. It's charismatic and modern," says McGovern. "It's about intelligence, connectivity and it's about distinction. All of these themes will be developed further in Mercury cars and trucks of the near future.
"The Mercury Messenger may be the ultimate dream car -- but what it represents is the essence of what Mercury is becoming.
"Mercury is to be a design-driven brand -- the Mercury DNA is delivering vehicles that are energetic, distinctive, intelligent and charismatic," says McGovern. "On the outside, its vehicles will feature proportion and package efficiency with optimized surface language that is clean and simple, lean and taut, with drama of attitude, produced with a product design approach.
"The next-generation Mercury products will feature a distinct new front- end appearance with vertically stacked elements combined with a horizontal grille theme. They'll have a family resemblance, but be distinct in their own automotive genre. Interiors will provide a contemporary environment that is technically advanced, with innovative seating, comfort with simplicity, using high-tech materials. Functions that interface with the driver and passengers will be logical and storage opportunities will be creative," says McGovern.

Mercury Messenger Technical Specifications
General

The Mercury Messenger is a high performance, two-seat sports car poweredby a V-8 classically driving the rear wheels.

Engine/Drive train
Front engine, rear wheel drive
All-aluminum 4.6-liter DOHC V-8
6-speed automatic sequential gearbox

Body and Chassis
Unique monocoque construction using a composite/aluminum hybrid "tub" chassis with super-formed aluminum panels bonded to it. The result is a body with high torsional rigidity providing excellent ride and handling properties. Occupant protection is enhanced and noise/vibration/harshness (NVH) is reduced
by this method of construction.

Wheels/Brakes/Suspension
Rear 18 spoke 20 x 10J cast alloy wheels with Goodyear 305/40R20 tires
Front 18 spoke 19 x 9J cast alloy wheels with Goodyear 275/40/R19 tires
High performance Brembo power assisted brakes, anti-lock brake system using Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Front - 355mm vented discs with 4 piston calipers
Rear - 355mm vented discs with 4 piston calipers
Computer active suspension adjusts ride height and dynamics to suit driving style, speed and road conditions with "intelligent" traction control
Electronically actuated parking brake

Steering
Power assisted variable ratio rack and pinion

Dimensions
Length 4533mm / 178.5"
Width 1938mm / 76.3"
Height 1304mm / 51.3"
Wheelbase 2825mm / 111.2"
Front track 1662mm / 65.4"
Rear track 1650mm / 65"
Trunk volume 340 liters
Legroom 1084mm / 42.6"
Headroom 943mm / 38"

Safety and Security
Integral safety cell structure
Personal Safety System
Global vehicle theft location system
Self-leveling high-intensity "projector" headlamps
LED technology brake lights with faster response for additional safety
Automatically monitored and adjusted tire pressure sensing system

Comfort and Convenience
Independent climate control for driver and passenger with pollen filtration
THX certified digital CD/Radio Hi-fi system. Automatic volume control linked to vehicle speed
Hands free telephone capability
Rain sensing windshield wipers
Automatically dimming interior rear view mirror
Powered and heated exterior rear view mirrors
Height and reach adjustable steering column
Low-E glass to reduce UV and heat build up
Stowage space behind seats with integral child seat fittings
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Mercury Vision: Remarks by Chris Theodore

DETROIT, Jan. 6, 2003; The debut of the Mercury
Messenger marks the beginning of the rejuvenation of the Mercury brand. Mercury will add four new products to its lineup over the next four years including: a minivan, a small SUV and two cars.
Mercury has unveiled a sketch of its 2004 Monterey minivan, but has not announced details of the next-generation Mercury models. Monterey will round out a Mercury lineup that includes the Grand Marquis, Marauder and Sable sedans and the Mountaineer SUV.
"With the Mercury Messenger, we turned the design team loose to express their aspirational vision for Mercury," says Chris Theodore, vice president of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Product Development. "This gorgeous coupe was the outcome of that expression."
"We are not announcing plans to build Messenger, per se. But we are saying we will build upon cues from its design in every one of our next- generation Mercurys going forward.
"The new Monterey, which debuts this summer, will bear a strong family resemblance to today's Mountaineer. The next-generation Mercurys will feature design cues developed on the Messenger including a distinctive Mercury front- end theme, which will be phased into existing products as they receive future design upgrades."
Theodore says the key to Mercury's future is leveraging the resources of Ford Product Development in creating new vehicle architectures and platforms
and then creating unique Mercury designs, laden with special features inside and out.
"This industry has come a long way in terms of our ability to reuse components and architectures and achieve unique products," Theodore says. "Our Mercury cycle-plan was developed to take full advantage of advanced engineering and flexible manufacturing techniques to deliver great products and a solid business model.
"These next-generation Mercury products will complement today's lineup and lead us into the future. They're unique products that deliver smart, contemporary design, more unique features, individuality and value to Mercury customers, just as Edsel Ford intended when he first envisioned the Mercury in
1939."
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Mercury Messenger pairs big wheels with a feminine palette

By Jenny King / Special to Autos Insider

DETROIT -- Mercury raised the curtain on its Messenger 2-seat concept car here today at the North American International Auto Show.

Chris Theodore, vice president of North American Product Development, said the Messenger represents where the 65-year-old Ford Motor Co. division will be going with respect to design, performance and amenities.

Such a vehicle, he said, likely would be powered by a V-8 engine. Its interior, with soft blues and whites and orange accents, offers a more feminine palette.

Turbine inspired wheels measure 19 inches in front, 20 inches in the rear.

In the real world, Mercury later this year will market its new 2004 Monterey minivan. It will be followed by a small SUV plus two other products.
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There were plenty of snapshots taken when Ford rolled out the stylish Mercury Messenger on Monday. "This vehicle carries the message that Mercury is back," declared Ford Motor Co.'s design chief, J Mays. Only a few years ago, former Ford CEO Jac Nasser gave serious thought to killing the brand, and while he ultimately decided to keep it in the family, Mercury was left seriously short of product. A crash program is underway, aimed at filling out the lineup. A new version of the Villager, is in the works, as is a crossover and two small cars, Mays hinted. Could the Messenger, a stylishly aggressive coupe be part of the plans? For his part, Mays would only say it "might" have a place in the Mercury fold. But a top-level Ford executive tells TheCarConnection, there is serious interest in the Messenger. While no final decision has been made, a production version could be based on either the new Mazda RX-8 platform, or the 2005 Mustang chassis. "We probably don't want to take the crown jewels from Mazda," said the executive, so the Mustang seems the more likely option.
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