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Ford Readies its Next C-Segment World Car Platform
Greater variety of powertrains calls for greater flexibility
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| Georg Kacher, European Bureau Chief | April 28, 2017


Ford is taking its world car concept to the next level with the latest version of its C-segment platform, which is expected to be ready by 2020. Under development in Cologne, this will be, according to Ford Europe VP of Quality Gunnar Herrmann, the last conventional components set for Dearborn’s old world arm.

Since the advanced matrix must also eventually be capable enough to accommodate autonomous driving and electric propulsion systems on all five continents, flexibility will be key. (Ford expects BEVs and PHEVs to secure a 30-percent share of the global market between 2025 and 2030.) That’s why classic dimensional constraints no longer apply. The new platform’s extended scalability will enable Ford to more easily bridge different vehicle categories. It’s also being designed to better incorporate elements including battery cooling systems and advanced electronics, and to further optimize overall packaging and crash performance.

Greater freedom allows R&D to create distinctly different proportions and design languages for an extended variety of old and new world vehicles. A side effect of this ‘anything goes’ philosophy is a streamlined production network featuring satellite systems suppliers and adjoining battery production facilities, which may be run in-house rather than by LG, Panasonic, and friends.

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...the last conventional components set for Dearborn’s old world arm...
could someone explains what ^that^ means?

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Ford is taking its world car concept to the next level with the latest version of its C-segment platform, which is expected to be ready by 2020.
The year 2020?
So what platform is this 2019 Mk4 Focus riding on?
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The year 2020?
So what platform is this 2019 Mk4 Focus riding on?
My same thought. I thought the new Focus was going to be on an all new platform.
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My same thought. I thought the new Focus was going to be on an all new platform.
The report is obviously inaccurate, at the very least with that timeline on the Focus.
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The report is obviously inaccurate, at the very least with that timeline on the Focus.
I guess it should have read "which is expected to be ready by 2018."
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I guess it should have read "which is expected to be ready by 2018."
yeah, for model year 2019. But they did say 'by' 2020.
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which is expected to be ready by 2020.

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The year 2020?
So what platform is this 2019 Mk4 Focus riding on?x
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yeah, for model year 2019. But they did say 'by' 2020.

Exactly bloggin -- I mean we're 2.5 years from 1.1.2020 and 2019 Focus will arrive between 18-9 months before 1.1.2020 ... seems like we're talking about Mk4 Focus .... does it not?
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Sounds promising and I think this is what we already expected from Ford considering the number of electrified vehicles that are going to be associated with the new generation. C2 is already responsible for a HUGE variety of products from Cargo Vans to EVs. I'm sure it'll be worth the wait, although lets hope it's not THAT far away. The Focus has been a mystery before, I remember the last Focus appeared in production form before it was even seen in the streets, which is very rare.
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...the last conventional components set for Dearborn’s old world arm...
could someone explains what ^that^ means?
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I'm assuming the last platform that primarily is designed around an ICE drivetrain and is primarily driven rather than drives itself. This is a platform, so it'll hang around in some form for a decade or more -- so into the 2030s. It seems reasonable to guess that whatever follows will likely be electrified to some extent and have some basic self-drive capabilities.
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that'd sorta-make the ideas that cD6 is shelved more likely ... altho:
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IF cD6 could be re-thunk as "less-inclusive", less jack-of-ALL-trades = multi-variants within a "school-of-architecture"
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IF-maybe Fomoco *discovered* something while cD6'ing that meant a restart was worthwhile??

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