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Exactly. Lincoln shouldn't waste time with a a Volt/ELR type of vehicle when it can set higher goals and target Tesla. A whole new and different body style(s)/interior(s) can be created to get the point across so it does not look like a converted MKZ with different trim here and there.
imho
tho I was sorta infatuated with the Volt at first
now, I think it's needlessly complicated
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FWD = stick it in back
RWD = put the motors in front
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Re: Ford plans new hybrid series to compete with Toyota Prius, report says

Hmm... Since the Flex is in the wagon/hatchback category, and the Flex name carries some clout in California, I wonder if the Prius competitor will get the "Flex" name?
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Hmm... Since the Flex is in the wagon/hatchback category, and the Flex name carries some clout in California, I wonder if the Prius competitor will get the "Flex" name?
maybe if they put a big-fluffy tophat on it?

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Hmm... Since the Flex is in the wagon/hatchback category, and the Flex name carries some clout in California, I wonder if the Prius competitor will get the "Flex" name?
I would think Ford would choose a name different enough not to confuse with any other Ford model. The issue now as far as name recognition is concerned, is that C-MAX is most known as an ICE vehicle globally. So using the name of an existing Ford vehicle won't help. Ford will have to offer a new name. With most Ford vehicle names starting with a F for cars, and E for SUVs in the states. But it seems Ford is expanding past that narrow naming theme globally.
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I would think Ford would choose a name different enough not to confuse with any other Ford model. The issue now as far as name recognition is concerned, is that C-MAX is most known as an ICE vehicle globally. So using the name of an existing Ford vehicle won't help. Ford will have to offer a new name. With most Ford vehicle names starting with a F for cars, and E for SUVs in the states. But it seems Ford is expanding past that narrow naming theme globally.
well...
C-max
D-Max (eDge)
E-Max (Explorer)
F-Max (Flex)
^ as a possibity? NOT saying to use the D &or E

tho I still like the idea of the top-trim using/keeping the Flex Name

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Everyone was waiting for the Escape Hybrid when the Escape launched, but that required the availability of Ford's new AWD Hybrid system that was not available yet. But with the launch of the 2015 Lexus NX Hybrid coming later this year for the US, and Lincoln wanting more of the California market share, Lincoln will need to launch an MKC AWD Hybrid by MY2016 at the latest to stay on the green shoppers list.
I certainly hope you're right, Bloggin: "Lincoln will need to launch an MKC AWD Hybrid by MY2016 at the latest"

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I would think Ford would choose a name different enough not to confuse with any other Ford model. The issue now as far as name recognition is concerned, is that C-MAX is most known as an ICE vehicle globally. So using the name of an existing Ford vehicle won't help. Ford will have to offer a new name. With most Ford vehicle names starting with a F for cars, and E for SUVs in the states. But it seems Ford is expanding past that narrow naming theme globally.
I hate the "-Max" names. They make no sense whatsoever. They're almost as bad as alphanumeric names.
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I hate the "-Max" names. They make no sense whatsoever. They're almost as bad as alphanumeric names.
yea...the -Max sounds more industrial or more for commercial vehicles. Let's hope we don't get any more vehicles with that family name.
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well...
C-max
D-Max (eDge)
E-Max (Explorer)
F-Max (Flex)
^ as a possibity? NOT saying to use the D &or E

tho I still like the idea of the top-trim using/keeping the Flex Name
Ford will need to offer something completely new. Recycling an old name on a current vehicle(Flex), or wedging a new vehicle family in the middle of an old ICE/Hybrid vehicle family(MAX) won't really help.

Ford really has to offer something new.
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Ford will need to offer something completely new. Recycling an old name on a current vehicle(Flex), or wedging a new vehicle family in the middle of an old ICE/Hybrid vehicle family(MAX) won't really help.

Ford really has to offer something new.
I do agree, Bloggin
otoh-1
& no disrespect meant to FoMoCo, but
I'm not exactly confident about their Brand-creating abilities these days...
...building, developing, enhancing, expanding = Yes
...initiating:
otoh-2
imho a lot of existing criteria (+ our Missions' product-planning) can be easily adopted/adapted...
...just by taking a fresh look at what will be needed in a couple-few years - esp rather than what's been done by All mfgs so far.
Imho,
none have "cracked it" yet. ((at least
not below the Tesla Model S
and it I understood this, it's only about a C platform so far))

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