Friday, March 1, 2013

1996 Mercury Fusion

Developed and constructed at Ford's California Concept Center, the Fusion was based on a small front wheel drive platform and was conceived to meet the needs and aspirations of two widely different markets: young people and active retirees. The Fusion was designed to blend the toughness of a mini sport utility with the attributes of a passenger car. The design concept was unique in that the rear window and quarter glass were both removable and the rear portion of the roof incorporated a folding fabric sunroof. When the Fusion sunroof opened the entire rear was open to the air, though pillars remained in place. The exterior was primarily finished in matte gray plastic cladding for ruggedness and easy maintenance. The body's upper area and roof were finished in sparkling metallic dark blue paint which carried over to the interior's exposed tubing seat frames. "Tubing" is the interior's motif, with the seats, instrument panel, and center console all built around tube framing.

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1991 Mercury Mystique

Mercury’s show vehicle for 1991 was the Mystique minivan that merged the practicality of a station wagon with a multipurpose luxury vehicle. The sleek-looking Mercury featured "T-drive," whereby the transversely mounted engine mated with the transmission in a way to send power to any or all wheels. Interior featured six-bucket seats and individually controlled TVs and VCRs mounted in the front seat backs. The Mystique concept bore no resemblance to the sedan of that name that would debut for 1995.

The Mystique was Mercury's first mini-van, with a name used on the 1995 compact production car. Wall-to-wall headlights and fiber-optic taillights were integrated into the smooth-flowing aluminum-frame body. The Mystique concept was powered by Ford's prototype T-Drive V8 engine connected to an centrally-mounted transmission. Flexibility of front-wheel, rear-wheel, or four-wheel drive was obtained with the T-Drive. The glass roof incorporated liquid-crystal technology which automatically darkened the roof in bright sunlight. The passenger seat backs were fitted with individual television screens and VCRs for rear passenger entertainment.

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1989 Mercury Concept One

Mercury One compact car concept, 1989

Ford and Mazda combined talents and developed the fiberglass Mercury One compact car concept. Outstanding aerodynamics was achieved by flush glass all around and smooth integrated body panels. The Mercury One indicated the design philosophy of future Mercury Tracer and Ford Escort.

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