However plans modified when Ford purchased Volvo and their five-cylinder engine turned out there as an alternative.
When Ford launched the brand new Escort in 1991, Autocar and different magazines have been unsparing of their criticism of it. Ford was shocked to its core and promised to do greater than higher; it vowed to make the Focus the very best.
Behind the scenes there was numerous thought of what to do: reskin the Escort or begin afresh? One star in Ford’s vary was the Puma, designed by Ian Callum, so ideas turned in direction of tapping in to that automobile’s magic. This was one of many 1994 concepts from that programme, codenamed CE99. If the Puma had had a four-door sister, then this could be it.
However when the American arm of Ford joined forces with the Europeans, everybody throughout Ford’s world determined it was higher to begin afresh somewhat than reskin the Escort. This slippery-looking factor was forged apart and the Focus kicked off.
Way back, earlier than SUVs dominated the earth, there was an emergent class of road-biased 4x4s just like the Land Rover Freelander. Then Ford boss Jac Nasser wasn’t going to let Land Rover or competing manufacturers from Japan gobble up market share, so he tasked the Ghia studio with discovering an answer.
Their inspiration – in case you can’t guess by the color – was a automobile of JCB-like, go-anywhere toughness. The Italians made two full-sized clay fashions and this one was Jac’s favorite. Ghia’s particular ability was making one-off, totally drivable prototypes. They rigorously picked aside a mid-’90s Escort RS2000 4×4, then rebuilt it because the Alpe and painted it metallic olive somewhat than JCB yellow. The compact off-roader appeared recent, however murky inexperienced wasn’t a very good color for it. It was displayed twice, however after Ford purchased Land Rover it was by no means seen once more.
Mass-market producers had been producing massive government automobiles for many years. However as the brand new millennium dawned, the status German manufacturers have been starting to dominate the category. Ford had a option to make: did it launch a alternative Scorpio based mostly on the Mondeo, or a 2+2 coupé spun off the household automobile? Ford’s German design group was tasked with creating one thing each bit as swish as a Mercedes-Benz. They succeeded, too, in a greatest-hits type of German premiumness.