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    Ford To Cut Platforms Down To Just Five

      More slicing and dicing to take place at Ford

    The One Ford plan brought in by former CEO Alan Mulally helped the automaker weather through some very tough times. A key part of this plan was cutting back on the number of architectures used around the world - from 30 to nine. But Ford is planning to go further with reducing them.

    Last week, Ford's head of product development and purchasing, Hau Thai-Tang revealed the company will be reducing the number of platforms to just five.

    "This is not saying One Ford was wrong. This is building on the strategy of One Ford and evolving from it," said Thai-Tang at the 2018 J.P. Morgan Auto Conference in New York.

    The move to five platforms will help save costs: According to Thai-Tang, 70 percent of a vehicle's value can be managed through modular platforms. It will also improve the efficiency of Ford's suppliers.

    The five platforms are as followed:

    • RWD/AWD Body-on-Frame
    • FWD/AWD Unibody
    • RWD/AWD Unibody
    • Commercial Van Unibody
    • Electric Vehicle Unibody

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    Very interesting, but I have to question why they need a FWD/AWD Unibody and a RWD/AWD Unibody. To me it would seem they should be able to have a single FWD/RWD/AWD Unibody platform. And I see no reason not to make this an ICE/EV unibody platform.

    They should be able to have 3 at most platforms.

    RWD/AWD Body on Frame - ICE Hybrid

    FWD/RWD/AWD Unibody - ICE/EV/Hybrid

    Commercial Can Unibody - ICE/EV/Hybrid

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    The RWD/AWD unibody would be needed for the Mustang and SUVs like the next Explorer and the Aviator.   Maybe a Lincoln sedan also? 

    the FWD/AWD unibody presumably is transverse engine for FWD cars and CUVs.

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    17 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    Is that supposed to be a picture of a Ford Focus? Either it is a Euro model or I am missing something.

    That's the new global Focus wagon.   The US is supposed to get the Active (Crosstrek style variation of the 5dr).   Probably like this:

     

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    Sounds like mistakes are being made - the Mustang has not seemed American for a while - with its "angry" face - I read the 4 cylinder turbo, which seems to have no mpg gain over the great six engine - requires premium fuel?  And how does it affect insurance costs, and repair costs, having a turbo? Plus, it is hard to fathom a 4 cylinder turbo being as smooth and great as my six Mustang - And how long-lived will the 4 banger turbo be?  Makes the Camaro and the Challenger look a whole lot better - If Ford is not making the cars that people want - someone else will be -

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    11 hours ago, Dennis Faulkner said:

    Sounds like mistakes are being made - the Mustang has not seemed American for a while - with its "angry" face - I read the 4 cylinder turbo, which seems to have no mpg gain over the great six engine - requires premium fuel?  And how does it affect insurance costs, and repair costs, having a turbo? Plus, it is hard to fathom a 4 cylinder turbo being as smooth and great as my six Mustang - And how long-lived will the 4 banger turbo be?  Makes the Camaro and the Challenger look a whole lot better - If Ford is not making the cars that people want - someone else will be -

    That was my experience... it was a fine enough engine, but no distinct advantage over the V6 in terms of fuel economy.  It didn't feel all that fast either. 

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    54 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    My neighbor across the street bought an '18 Mustang a while back.  Black, tinted windows, black wheels.  Turbo 4.  Very odd exhaust note...rumbly but not in a 5.0 sort of way... 

    This pretty much settles why the V8 is way better than a Turbo 4.

    THE SOUND!

     

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    The Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost 4 had over 3 times as much hp as my '86 2.3 LX did, and almost 100 hp over my '87 5.0, but I'd still rather have a V8...

    Yes, noticeable difference in the exhaust note.  Love the color of the Ecoboost one...wouldn't mind having a GT in that color. 

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