Ford to Kill Mercury
Ford plans to kill off Mercury, Jaguar's owner Tata hints at the next generation of cars which includes a potential sport roadster called the F-Type, and Infiniti launches a new performance division called the Infiniti Performance Line. Hosted by Derek DeAngelis.
Ford to Kill Mercury
Another American brand or should I say planet is about to get the axe, but don’t worry.
It’s probably the one you thought was dead already. Also Infinity looks to expand into the
performance car market to rival AMG and M while there’s news on Jaguar’s future
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Bloomberg news is reporting today that Ford could soon kill-off Mercury as early as next
month. The brand initially created a 1939 by Henry Ford’s son only sold 92,000 vehicles
last year compared to 1978 sales figures of half a million, it’s easy to see the company is
in trouble. But it comes as no shock, Mercury only sells four models now, two of which
are due to be phased out within the year with no plans for replacements. Plus why buy
Mercury anyway? It’s simply a re-badged Ford. Just buy a Ford. That’s my opinion.
Now there’s no official plan yet but Ford executives are reportedly preparing a proposal
to submit to the board of directors in July and will effectively cut all budgets for the
brand and kill if off. The reason? Alan Mulally wants to focus on one brand and build-off
the one Ford plan. That said, Mulally has stressed that no such decision has been made on
the fate of Mercury, but Bloomberg reports that even dealerships are already preparing
for the shutdown. Listen, cars named after planets are probably not a good idea. Hey
Saturn, how are you guys holding up? What, too soon? You’re right, Saturn is dead.
Auto Week has reported Infinity has plans to create a performance division for the now
international brand. It was only this year that Nissan decided to start selling Infinity
models in the places outside of the United States. Now according to reports, they want to
expand their lineup to include vehicles with an IPL badge. IPL stands for Infinity
Performance Line and will basically be like BMW’s M Division or Mercedes’ AMG.
US Patent and Trademark office received the IPL trademark documents which stated that
brand’s identity to include “Vehicles with high performance motor vehicle parts,
including turbo chargers and super chargers for engines as well as Cat-back exhaust,
suspension parts, brakes, sport seats, and off road headlights.”
We have no idea when these upgrades will be introduced for the brand. But heads-up M,
AMG, SGT, and Quattro GmBH, Nissan just don’t make mistakes like the Lexus ISF.
Now before you fan boys go crazy, I’m not saying the Lexus ISF is a bad car. Okay
maybe I am a little. Okay crazy fan boys, go. Perfect.
First seen in 1998 as a concept named the XK180, the Jaguar F-type was thought to be
the company’s saving grace from a decade of staggered sales. As the company rolled
through bad financial times, new management structures, end of sale to Indian brand
Tata, nothing that special came out of its design shop until only recently with the XF.
Now that Tata has rebuilt the company from the inside out, it’s time for a focused shift
towards new cars the first of which will be the F-type described as a driver-focused sports
car featuring cutting-edge engines and technologies. Though the car has been given the
green light, it’s still in the design phase according to Auto Express, so we still may not
see the new car for a few more years.
Also interesting to report, the Tata chief has revealed that the vision of Jaguar Land
Rover is to include a new 3 Series competitor as well as a fourth range rover model to the
lineup. In related news, JF has petitioned Jaguar to call the car the JF-type instead of the
Jaguar F-type, right JF?
I actually spoke to a Jaguar official and he said, “I’d rather eat bull testicles and marry
this chick than name a car after JF.” Ouch, that hurts.
Also yesterday’s episode, I know we said airplane porn but we gave you a little more Leo
porn, okay? I’m so sorry about that.
Well that’s it for Fast Lane Daily today. I’m Derek D. And you know what they say, it’s
just another manic Monday. I wish it was Sunday because that’s my fun day. My “I don’t
have to run” day, it’s just another manic Monday. It’s Tuesday, that’s right. Wow. I had a
great weekend. Wow.
Ford to Kill Mercury
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