Re: Ford lineup to change, but how?
I admit that I think the Fusion/Focus situation will end up with the Focus being an extended lineup, with some packaging shenanigans allowing for a feasible Fusion successor off of the new platform. While midsize sedans are still a good-sized chunk of the market, Ford arguably doesn't need two mainstream sedans, and building around one that gets higher MPG numbers has some logic to it. As much as I'm sick-to-effing-death of the growing CUV trend, I said the same things about most FWD vehicles and wagons being replaced by SUVs that never leave asphalt...so I'm aware that I'm an outlier to the market.
I'm starting to take on an attitude similar to what Porsche and other performance brand fans have: the CUVs make money that guarantees the continued existence of my preferred performance vehicles, so...I guess they're not entirely evil. That said, if the "Outback-esque" Focus wagon comes over here, I'll be fuggin' overjoyed.
If GM can justify Buick, and if Honda can justify Acura, we can damned well have Mercury back.