: 2006 Ford Fusion, Malibu in Disguise?



Ralph
02-09-05, 09:22 PM
Can anyone else see a current Malibu here with Civic taillights?! :yawn:

Are these even for sale yet? I haven't seen them.


http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?n=158,178&sid=178&article=7827

majax
02-09-05, 09:34 PM
The stance is a little STSish. I dont think it looks like the malibu in the front but I do see where your getting the Honda taillights.

Ralph
02-09-05, 09:36 PM
The stance is a little STSish. I dont think it looks like the malibu in the front but I do see where your getting the Honda taillights.

The front end is ok, as I like the chrome strips on it, but I think the side panals look just like a Malibu.

Poor ford, they just don't seem to have many original ideas left. :lildevil:

Playdrv4me
02-10-05, 07:00 AM
I love it, I think its THE next GOOD mid-size car, and far better than the Malibu. It is based on the Mazda 6 Platform and is far better looking. They pulled the styling cues from a Ford concept that didnt make it unfortunately but I like the headlights and tail-lights and think it is a far cry from the staid Taurus for sure.

Msilva954
02-10-05, 10:52 PM
^^^^ im gonna have to say Ford is currently developing and producing the next generation of "best" all around American cars.....something people can be proud to buy.....GM still has a little to go from what im seeing.

DopeStar 156
02-10-05, 11:04 PM
Meh.... I wouldn't go as far as to say that..... but it does do a good job replacing the Escort. I'd rather tear off my legs than drive an Escort.

illumina
02-10-05, 11:14 PM
The side profile looks alright...The front isn't too bad...The rear however is a little civic-ish.

Playdrv4me
02-11-05, 02:34 AM
I dont think its meant as the Escort replacement, that was the Focus and it will continue for some time to come. I believe its getting redesigned this upcoming year based on the European Focus platform. and the same platform that underpins that new Volvo S40 and Mazda 3. I really dont know why they are taking so long on the Focus, I havent really seen much about the new one at all.

Stoneage_Caddy
02-11-05, 12:34 PM
the all new focus is on sale in europe (based on the volvo), we will continue to get screwed on the presnt gen focus for a few more years (2 i think)....

Playdrv4me
02-11-05, 12:39 PM
the all new focus is on sale in europe (based on the volvo), we will continue to get screwed on the presnt gen focus for a few more years (2 i think)....

Heres an interior pic I found of the new European Focus... we ARE gettin screwed :p

http://www.theautochannel.com/N/F/news/2004/09/01/216181.1-lg.jpg

Stoneage_Caddy
02-11-05, 12:41 PM
it probably gets its advertised MPG too , something the current focus wont do ...In fact i get beater milage out of my caddy (21.6mpg vs 18.1 focus)

I cant wait to see the WRC Focus on the new platform ....

Ralph
02-11-05, 12:42 PM
I could have swore Canada got the new Focus?/ I know I saw a 2005 and I think it was re-styled. Are these not what you mean?

Maybe Canada is getting them and not the U.S. Kinda like the Pontiac Pursuit, and I just got a brochure in the mail for it and the interior is awsome! I'll try to remember to scan some pics from it tonite.

Playdrv4me
02-11-05, 12:52 PM
Well, they DID restyle the Focus for 05, But its simply a smoothing of the front lamps and an minor freshening, the car is still the same underneath. The European one is all new.

HotRodSaint
02-11-05, 01:30 PM
Every 5 years, I keep seeing Ford about to make a comeback.

I like the design direction on the Fusion better than the Five Hundred.

But let's see if they recall 800,000 of them for saftey issues before we call them a success.

The decision to not use the Euro-Focus, also shows they have lost some focus.

Vesicant
02-11-05, 07:13 PM
Opel/Vauxhall Vectra

Ralph
02-11-05, 07:23 PM
Opel/Vauxhall Vectra
OMG!!! The Ford is a total rip-off of THAT vehicle!

Stoneage_Caddy
02-11-05, 07:46 PM
yup . and what do you think the malibu was based on ? yup, the vectra ....so you were close ralphie

HotRodSaint
02-11-05, 07:56 PM
yup . and what do you think the malibu was based on ? yup, the vectra ....so you were close ralphie

They should drop the Malibu and give us the Vectra instead.

The Malibu is hideous! :vomit:

Stoneage_Caddy
02-16-05, 01:21 PM
They should drop the Malibu and give us the Vectra instead.

The Malibu is hideous! :vomit:


wait till you own one ....its even worse having to live with one .....

Its like buying the ugliest dog in the pound because it fits thru your doggie door and it wont bite your 2 auticstic kids....but it pukes everywhere and makes counterclockwise circles on your living room floor ... the veteranarian cant figure out why it has eplipetic seziures everytime the microwave dings ....in fact the vet tells you your crazy as you pick your dog who is now foaming at the mouth and walk away...

Foretunatly for us the "pound" is picking our dog up and hopefully putting it out of its misery

Stoneage_Caddy
02-16-05, 01:24 PM
About the euro Focus , there making one id acutlly want pretty bad :
http://www.thecarconnection.com/images/gallery/tmb/9145_image.jpg

Ford has not given us many details yet, but the ST Focus (Sport Technologies) will be equipped with a Duratec 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 220 hp. We assume this is the same engine that Volvo uses in the S40/V50 with the same configuration and power output. In the ST Focus, this engine is mated to a six-speed stick shift. The fast version stands on 18-inch aluminium wheels with 225/40 rubber
http://www.thecarconnection.com/index.asp?article=8130