Ford is going through some hard times these days and after announcing the closure of three plants in Europe, the new generation of the Mondeo is expected to be delayed.
The North American based automaker Ford has revealed its first weakness signs after pulling out of the when it talked about the difficult economic environment on the Old Continent and things continued with the company’s plans to close three plants in Europe: the Southhampton, UK assembly facility, the Genk, Belgium plant and the Dagenham stamping / tooling operation in the United Kingdom. The overcapacity will be reduced by 450-500 million USD annually.
Besides the drastic measures taken by Ford, the company is also planning to delay the launch of the new Mondeo generation in Europe because of the same financial problems. The model is already on sale in the United States as the Fusion. The new generation of the Ford Mondeo will keep further powertrain details a secret for the moment but the 1.6L and the 2.0L TDCi diesel units, along with the 1.0L EcoBoost and the 2.0L EcoBoost are known to make their way into the lineup. The most common transmission to be used on the new Mondeo will be the six-speed manual, but a six-speed dual clutch Powershift will also become available, but as an option. More details on this subject will be announced soon.