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Ford Motor Co. today confirmed plans to bring the next-generation Ford Fiesta subcompact car to North America as part of a plan to move toward greater communization of products on both sides of the Atlantic. Ford of Europe Chairman Lewis Booth confirmed the plan while addressing analysts at the Merrill Lynch Global Automotive Conference being held in conjunction with the Geneva auto show...As The Detroit News first reported in November, the company will base the new B-car on the new Mazda2, which will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show tomorrow. The News reported last week that Ford of Europe has been given primary responsibility for developing the Blue Oval version of the vehicle. Booth said the company is also looking for other opportunities to communize products. "It could, potentially, range up to Mondeo size," Booth said, referring to Ford of Europe's new midsize sedan, which will be introduced at the Geneva show. But he said Americans will not see a Mondeo in showrooms anytime soon. The Ford Fusion, which fills the same niche, is only in its second model year and the new Mondeo is just getting ready to begin its first, so Booth said it will take a full product cycle before Ford has an opportunity to converge those two vehicles.

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Sounds good, and even though it'll be ahead, GM should have the next generation Opel Corsa here shortly thereafter, and the Aveo ought to be much improved at that point as well.

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