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|1938 Mercury Prototype
|1954 Mercury XM-800
The XM-800 Dream Car
was a four passenger coupe. The profile of this car foreshadowed the 1956
Lincoln, but the grille was an early interpretation of the 1957 Mercury car
line. The XM-800 featured a pearlescent white and copper exterior.
|1955 Mercury D-528 Prototype Sedan
Built by Ford Mercury in 1953-55 and used as a rolling
laboratory. Prototype Y block motor XY-3, fully cast fiberglass body, first
opening rear electric window. The colors on it are original colors as is the
interior design. Restored such that the original build quality was not
compromised. Used in a number of movies, including as a trick car by Jerry
|1956 Mercury Mercury XM Turnpike Cruiser
1956 XM Turnpike Cruiser was designed with
fast, long driving in mind. It was inspired by the greatly expanding Interstate Highway
System. A lot of the design elements were later seen on the regular
production model 1957 Turnpike Cruiser. The transparent roof panels
flipped up when the doors were opened. The design of this car greatly
influenced the 1959 Mercury automobiles. The car is now located somewhere in
California waiting for a total restoration.
|1958 Mercury Olympian
photo shows a "1958 Mercury Olympian", which was never produced.
This prototype was revised and became the 1958 Park Lane. The photo
is one from a whole set of prototype Edsel and Mercury promotional stills
|1962 Ford (Mercury) Cougar 406
is the earliest known use of the Cougar name on a vehicle. This Cougar 406 (also
known as the Cougar I) was
unveiled at the 1962 Chicago Auto Show. It had a 102" wheelbase, 406 CID
power, and the gullwing doors were electric.
|1962 Mercury Palomar
Although Mercury no longer
made a two-door station wagon, this concept car demonstrated the possibilities
of the hardtop design on a newer body style. The third row rear seat
elevated and a second windshield popped up to allow a "yacht-like" view for rear
passengers. The name was borrowed from Mt. Palomar Observatory.
|1963 Ford (Mercury) Cougar II
The 1963 Cougar II prototype car was a styling concept to test the waters
for a Ford 2-door sporty coupe. The car borrows heavily from the 1963
Corvette...ironic since this was to be a "Corvette Killer" with 427
power. There were two Cougar II prototypes made, both of which still exist.
The fastback was loaned to the Petersen Auto Museum in LA several years ago
sporting a non-functional 289 engine. The roadster is still at the museum in
storage in Michigan.
|1964 Mercury Comet Super Cyclone
1964 Comet Super Cyclone had a back window similar to the production Plymouth
Barracuda. Notice the rectangular headlights and chrome racing wheels.
|1964 Mercury Super Marauder
Mercury Super Marauder was created by the legendary customizer George Barris
for Mercury. It was powered by a 427 V8 and featured side-mounted exhaust
pipes and a chopped windshield. The overall length was cut eight inches,
and the wheelbase shortened four inches from the production Marauder.
|1964 Mercury Montego
Mercury Montego was another show car for
1964. No info available, but the Montego name was used on production car by Mercury
|1965 Mercury Park Lane "Wrist Twist"
Mercury Park Lane 400 was one of the cars
in the show car fleet for 1965. It offered cornering lights, rectangular
headlights and different side trim from the regular production model. The
traditional steering wheel was replaced by two rings that surrounded the wrists
of the driver. Ideally, the car could be turned with only a "twist of the
wrist," but in practice it proved more cumbersome than planned. Ford built
five 1965 convertibles, and 10 1966 convertibles for testing. The cars
accumulated over 100,000 miles.
|1965 Mercury Comet Super Cyclone
|1965 Mercury Comet Escapade
car was a high-performance roadster. George Barris customized this Comet
in six weeks. The car was shortened sixteen inches and featured custom
sheet metal, sequential turn signals, white leather interior, and pearlescent
|1966 Mercury Astron
was derived from a Park Lane 4-door hard top. It offered partial vinyl roof, C-pillar
opera windows, and fender skirts. The body side trim was wider, and the car
had no outside door handles. Unique headlamp bezels and hidden park light
made the front of the car look different. The highlight of the car was a
glass panel roof, similar to the 1954-55 Sun Valley models, but able to change
tint to provide shade. The rear window could retract into the roof similar
to the older Breezeway models.
|1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 S Prototype
|1968 Mercury LeGrand Marquis
featured a trunk lid that opened from the side to allow curb-level loading and
protection from traffic. It also featured twin sunroof sections (similar
to a T-top) and rectangular headlamps.
|1969 Mercury Cyclone Super Spoiler
The Super Spoiler cut the roof off of the production Cyclone and replaced it
with a built-in roll bar. There were four bucket seats, and Marauder X-100
taillights. Notice the "duck tail" spoiler blended into the body.
|1970 Cougar El Gato
Sporting a bold lime green
paint job, El Gato (Spanish for "The Cat") was produced as a styling
exercise for a futuristic-looking Cougar. Note the shaved door handles,
chopped roof, and ultracool three-spoke 16" wheels with new-at-the-time
Goodyear Polyglass radials. To say this Cat was before its time would be a
While the front end merged styling from both the Cougar and the GTO, it
still projected an evil stance. Note how the limited flat black striping
ends inside the molded-on hood scoop. Also, the front and rear pans were
rolled---a very advanced looking feature in an era of chrome bumpers. This
was the first ever fastback Cougar.
At the rear, LTD-style taillamps were broken at the left by the
racing-style gas filler cap. The square center-exit exhaust tips lent a
very unique air to the car. Are those vents on the trunk? It is not known if
El Gato still exists but it's presumed to have been destroyed (standard Ford
practice for show vehicles at the time).
|1970 Cyclone Spoiler II
Engines available: Super Cobra Jet 429; Boss
429. Transmission: Toploader 4-speed manual; C6 automatic.
An aerodynamic design for NASCAR racing, the
only surviving prototype. A change in NASCAR rules against the
Chrysler Daytona and Plymouth Superbird gave Ford reason to kill the development of
these interesting cars. Three cars survive today.
Ford Torino King Cobra
|1971 Mercury Montego Sportshauler
The Sportshauler started life as a Cyclone and was refitted with a hatchback
trunk lid. Inside the trunk area, a six wheel off road vehicle was stored.
|1979 Mercury XM
While most concept cars looked forward to the future, Mercury went backward
in time with the bright yellow XM, a two-door concept which re-introduced
the rumble seat, an open-air design from the 1930's. Though basically
a two-seat vehicle, the rear hatch could lift upward into the deck, and a
rumble seat would emerge, transforming the car into a four-passenger
vehicle, with the rear occupants receiving fresh air.
1980 Mercury Anster
Weighing in at 1,200 pounds, Mercury's Anster concept was an
aerodynamic electric car for use in urban metropolis areas. The
composite body was made from injection-molded plastic and the large black
bumpers contained energy-absorbing foam. Among the Anster's features,
the most notable were the electronically operated sliding doors,
scientifically-contoured inflatable seat cushions, and an on-board road map
display which took up the entire dashboard on the passenger's side.
However, the main feature of the fuel-efficient Anster was the unique
hybrid-electric power system. Two power cells provided DC power to all
four wheels, and a compact power generator continuously recharged the energy
cells. As a safety measure, the Anster's dashboard could continuously
display the calculated average distance required to stop under the vehicle's
current operating conditions. Like many modern cars, the Anster could
help the driver pick the most direct route on the navigational system.
However, unlike modern satellite technology, the computer was programmed by
map cassettes which were required to run the computer.
|1988 Mercury Concept 50
The Concept 50 had clean cab-forward styling resembling that
of the 1989 Ford Probe production vehicle. The 102.6 inch wheelbase,
177.4 inch length, and the 50.6 inch height were also similar to the 1989
Probe. Created as a two-door hatchback, the Concept 50 was intended
for 18-30 year-olds or young, two-income couples. Features included a
small multi-valve V6 engine and all-wheel-drive. The five-spoke wheels
resembled those of the 1989 Ford Thunderbird and the 1990 Mercury Cyclone
|1990 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible
In 1990, Ford commissioned ASC to create this one-off Cougar XR7
convertible. Admittedly Ford did this to test the potential of having a
convertible added to the line-up of Cougars. While it would have provided
Ford with a much-needed answer to Oldsmobile's Cutlass Supreme convertible,
the XR7 convertible probably had way too small of a niche to be feasible.
Minor fender, A-pillar, rear deck and windshield modifications were
necessary to create the droptop Cat. Note the modified seat belt pillars
(similar to the Pontiac Sunbirds of the era) on the doors. Also, some type
of side skirt is evident, perhaps to hide some subframe or other structural
|1990 Mercury Cyclone
High performance features and
the highest-quality luxury features were wrapped into the dramatic design of
Mercury's Cyclone concept specialty car of 1990. Among many features
of the Cyclone was an electro-chromic glass roof which could be changed
electrically from transparent to opaque. A closed-circuit television
system was used to provide the driver with rear vision rather than
conventional side mirrors, which would interrupt the car's smooth lines.
The cameras angled outwards from behind the front wheel, in the place of
signal lights. Presented at the 1990 Chicago Auto Show, the Cyclone
also utilizes a thin fiber-optic headlight system which improved vision
while driving at night. From all angles, the Cyclone appears extremely
aerodynamic for a four-door passenger vehicle, especially from the early
|1991 Mercury 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
|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.
|1997 Mercury L'Attitude
"Mercury takes on a new L'Attitude - The
Mercury L'Attitude, a concept car that combines the practical spaciousness
and refinement of a family wagon with the robust off-road capability and
fun-to-drive aspects of a sport utility, makes its world debut at the
Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.
Mercury L'Attitude is a new breed of vehicle intended to suit the needs
of today's dynamic lifestyles.
"The Mercury L'Attitude is a fresh interpretation of a family adventure
vehicle," said Jim O'Connor, Ford Motor Company vice president in charge of
Mercury. "It takes some of the best features of the current Mercury Sable
wagon, such as design flair, precision driving dynamics, plus excellent
interior comfort and space, yet stretches the envelope by giving the vehicle
a definitive off-road look and feel."
The innovative tailgate design is one of the vehicle's most prominent
features. A molded spare tire well has been designed into the center of the
tailgate, which frees up cargo space inside the vehicle. The tailgate and
window open as a single unit from the side, providing drivers easier access
to the spare, which stores about waist high.
The round outline of the spare storage compartment and the tailgate's
integrated bumper contribute to the rugged look of a sport utility vehicle.
The compartment's lower half drops below the load floor, and with the
tailgate open, a circular depression is created in the bumper.
Three step pads along the depression allow easy access to the roof. The
roof also can be reached from two exposed step wells built into either side
of the lower bumper, which allow access without opening the tailgate.
The theme of versatility and flexibility is carried over into the roof
system. The roof consists of a three-panel glass sunroof system from
Rockwell International. The front and middle panels operate as dual sunroofs
that can be raised for venting or slid back to an open position. A roof rack
system extends the length of the roof and uses two sliding crossbars that
stack in the back when not in use.
In keeping with the L'Attitude's adventure theme, rear seat passengers
can stand with the middle panel open for photography or getting a better
view of the great outdoors. Camera mounts equipped with Nikon cameras have
been added to enhance the vehicle's versatility.
High-intensity discharge headlamps, marker lamps and rear taillamps
increase visibility at night. Projector beams located below the headlamps
direct high-beam light long distances for off-road use. Sweeping neon turn
signals, consisting of two horizontal neon tubes in the rear and a u-shaped
neon tube in the quarter panel, illuminate more quickly and with more
intense color than conventional bulbs. This allows the turns signals to
stand out from the brake lights making them more visible to the other
motorists. A chrome-plated grille boldly accentuates the vehicle's Mercury
L'Attitude's off-road ability is improved by the 17-inch, six-spoke alloy
wheels wrapped in custom-cut Goodyear tires. The large wheels and tires help
to give the concept wagon its purposeful stance and are housed beneath
accentuated wheel flares.
Olive-pearl metallic paint gives the L'Attitude a sophisticated air. The
3.4-liter, V-8 SHO engine provides refined power to cope with performance
demands on the street or off-road.
Interior flexibility is a main theme of L'Attitude. The backs of the
taupe leather rear bucket seats fold forward to further extend the rear
cargo space, and the bottoms lift and lock in an upward position to expose a
flat observation platform. Passengers can stand comfortably on this floor
space with the middle roof panel fully open.
To keep up with the active lifestyles of Mercury drivers, L'Attitude is
equipped with a portable Apple Newton global positioning system navigational
unit housed in the front console. It offers a map display, directional
guidance, a telephone dialing device and mobile office capabilities.
Side air bags join the list of safety items on the L'Attitude, which
include slow-speed impact-resistant bumpers, dual air bags and side door
Ford Press Release
|1997 Mercury MC2 and MC4
The MC2, on the surface, was just another concept car from Mercury. However,
it was really a thinly disguised front-drive 1999 Cougar. Styling was hailed
as "New Edge", a moniker that stuck with the 1999-2002 Cougar. It was almost
the anti-aero Cougar: a very strong wedge shape with harsh sculpts instead
of rounded edges. In a word, it was truly fresh for its time.
It's been speculated that MC2 stands for Mercury Cougar, Second
Generation. Need proof? Check out the grille emblem.
Not only did the MC2 have the nearly identical side sculpting to the
production 1999-2002 model, but the rear also made it virtually intact, save
for a smoother bumper cover. The triangular door handles survived as well.
The MC2's interior featured plenty of nickel plating and unique shapes.
Nothing made it to the production car, though, since a lot of it would be
A cool feature on the MC2 was its venting glass roof panel. While this function's quality would be
nearly impossible to create in mass production, it looks absolutely trick on
the show car.
Here is the MC4 (left) joining the MC2
(right). The MC4 is a pure Mercury show car of no
real relation to the MC2, aside from the New Edge styling. Of note are its
smaller side doors that suicide out, similar to the Saturn SC-2. It had been
rumored that this feature would be introduced on the front-drive Cougar but
that never came to pass.
|1999 Mercury my
DETROIT - If you think the name is odd, take a look at this strange-looking
"segment-buster" from Ford's Lincoln-Mercury Division. The (my) mercury
Concept is dubbed "a multi-activity vehicle that blurs the boundaries
between a car, a truck and a sport-utility vehicle."
Blurry might be the best way to look at this five-door, five-passenger
all-wheel-drive concept. It appears that J Mays, Ford VP of design, didn't
use up all of his ideas for VW's New Beetle before coming to Ford, because
the curved-arch roofline of his (my) mercury concept certainly mirrors the
Bug's. That wouldn't necessarily be bad, if it weren't for the fact that the
rest of this vehicle's design is a mishmash of angles and edges, creases and
Built off the same platform as the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique, (my)
mercury sports a set of center-opening, suicide-style doors on each side and
a fixed roof made of two amber glass panels. Access to the rear cargo area
is via a combination of upward-opening hatch and a flip-down tailgate that
can pull out like a drawer to expand the floor area before locking flat for
loading stuff. The rear bucket seats fold forward for even more
Inside, (my) mercury features a center console up front that houses a
mouse-like ball which controls the sound system, climate controls and
integrated global positioning system -- displayed on a screen mounted in the
center of the dash. Mid-mounted speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauges are
supposed to make it easy for Mercury to build both left- and
right-hand-drive versions for different global markets -- as if enough
buyers could be found to warrant worldwide sales.
We know that Ford is planning at least two hybrid-style multi-activity
vehicles to be built off of this platform after the Contour/Mystique cars
are dropped next year. Thankfully, the Ford version looks somewhat like a
conventional mini-ute. But if Mercury's production version looks much like
the (my) mercury concept, then the marketing folks better get on their horse
trying to draw Gen-Xers and free-thinkers into Mercury showrooms real soon.
Mr. Mays must not have noticed all the balding guys with the lime-green
pants and white loafers still filling Mercury showrooms across America to
kick tires on Grand Marquis sedans. Mercury may have moved its headquarters
to California, and hired some guy whose first name is merely the letter "J"
with no period after it to design some of their cars, but the division's
image-rebuilding process hasn't gone far enough to draw enough young buyers
to this concept.
My, my. (my) mercury? My goodness, no!
|1999 Mercury Marauder
LOS ANGELES--Mercury was pulling all sorts of tricks from their sleeves
today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, showcasing performance in an atypical
manner for this stoic marque. The big news, and we do mean big, was
Mercury's interpretation of the full-size muscle car. Using the best-selling
car in Florida as a starting point, this Grand Marquis-derived sport sedan
would undoubtedly send a shudder of disbelief through most buyers of
Lincoln-Mercury's full-size sedans. Although it may still look like a
golf-course cruiser, the Mercury Marauder is anything but.
Mercury retains their ubiquitous 4.6-liter V8 engine as the heart and soul
of the Marauder, but force feeds it energy-inducing oxygen through a K&N air
filter and Ford SVO supercharger. The Marauder also gets a dual 2.25-inch
exhaust, which exit through polished three-inch tips, reducing back pressure
at the rear of the car. The resulting 300 horsepower would be enough to make
most drivers forget that the Marauder began life as a Marquis.
The Marauder is about more than raw power, however. Mercury improved the
car's handling by adding Edelbrock Performance IAS shocks, bigger sway bars,
Enkei SST-2 alloy wheels, and Pirelli P-Zero performance tires. The improved
motion control is designed to give the car sportier handling, while the big
tires should improve the Marauder's ability to stay planted to the road.
Interior enhancements include sporty gauge faces, a floor-mounted gear
selector and leather sport seats.
Mercury officials likened the Marauder to the chopped and shaved Merc coupes
of the early '50s. We think the Marauder is more similar to the dearly
departed Chevrolet Impala SS, the last true full-size sport sedan sold in
the United States. Frankly, we don't care who is right; we would just like
to see a car like this back on the market.
|1999 Mercury Villager Gametime
With Mercuryís new
Gametime Villager concept, any stadium is a tailgate party in the making.
Whether at the alma materís homecoming, an outdoor concert, family reunion
or kidís soccer game, Mercuryís concept Gametime Villager will be the center
Villager is a natural for tailgate-type activities, and the Gametime
concept vehicle takes the theme to an extreme. Mercury designers
incorporated a wide range of ideas into the vehicle, and many of the
modifications are readily available from aftermarket sources.
The starting point for the Gametime concept was a 1999 Villager, powered
by a 3.3-liter SOHC V-6. Exterior styling is altered with the addition of
new front and rear fascias and bolder body-side cladding. The front fascia
features a lower air opening and recessed PIAA fog lamps. A distinctive
vertical bar grille insert with a "Flying M" emblem sustains the Mercury
Not one, but two sliding canvas sunroofs from Hollandia provide
additional ventilation and are perfect for sunny days. The rear liftgate
features a fitted tent canopy to provide a little protection from the
elements on those classic fall football days. To pull in those away games,
thereís a retractable satellite dish that stows easily for travel. The
exterior of Gametime Villager is covered with a coat of high metallic
Cabernet Red paint.
Gametime Villager has been lowered slightly with a set of Roush Racing
springs at all four corners. Hand-cut 235/50R18 Michelin concept tires are
mounted on TSW Hockenheim-R 18-inch alloy wheels. Dual DynoMax exhaust tips
add a performance flare to the custom exterior treatment.
As you might imagine, the inside of Gametime is something special. The
plush surroundings are trimmed with two-tone leather, and the seats are
embroidered with Mercury logos. Naturally, there is also plenty of interior
storage room for tailgating essentials like an ice chest, collapsible picnic
table and chairs, and a BBQ grill.
Perhaps the most unique aspect is the built-in rear entertainment module
that features side-mounted stereo speakers, ice bucket, humidor, storage and
integrated DVD player. The video feed from either the DVD player or the
satellite dish can be viewed on the plasma 21-inch flat panel monitor, which
is built into the module.
Pregame, postgame or any time in the great outdoors is the perfect time
to enjoy Gametime Villager concept from Mercury. Itís a tailgate party
waiting to happen.
Ford Press release
|1999 Mercury Cougar S
Nov. 2, 1999 Ė Powered by auto show visitorsí excitement over the Mercury
Cougar Eliminator and the Cougar S concept cars, which debuted at the 1998
SEMA and Los Angeles Auto Shows, the California-based automaker today
announced it will build a limited-production, high-performance
200-horsepower street-legal Cougar S for the 2000 model year.
The Mercury Cougar S combines a sporty,
performance-enhanced free-revving, 2.5-liter V6 engine with a unique
suspension optimized for agile handling. The result is a car that is
exceptionally responsive and rewarding to drive.
"The inherent capabilities in the chassis and New Edge
looks of the Mercury Cougar make it a natural choice for a performance
derivative to attract serious driving enthusiasts," says Bob Rewey, Group
Vice President for Ford Motor Company Marketing and Sales.
Increased power and upgraded suspension
For the Cougar S, the power output of the 24-valve V6
Duratec engine is increased from 170 to 200 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm. The
Duratec V6 provides 170 ft.-lbs. of torque @ 5,500 rpm. To add to Cougarís
performance, cylinder heads, camshafts, intake manifolds and the exhaust
system have all been tuned to develop extra power and torque.
To handle the extra power, the carís suspension has
undergone a comprehensive retuning, to deliver outstanding levels of
handling. Overall stiffness has been substantially increased, with measures
including the adoption of a larger rear stabilizer bar, while re-balancing
of all the suspension elements ensures ride comfort is not adversely
affected. To suit the character of the Mercury Cougar S, steering response
also has been sharpened, with the emphasis on providing greater on-center
feel. As a result, the steering responds more directly to driver inputs,
contributing further to the carís performance appeal.
Sports styling details complete the high-specification
package, including a blue background to the instruments. More supportive
leather-covered seats are standard with an embroidered "Cougar S" logo. The
driver's seat has six-way power adjustment. Cougar S is available in black,
red and silver exterior.
The limited-production 2000 Mercury Cougar S will go
on sale in the spring of 2000.
Ford Press release
|2000 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
The Eliminator strengthens the
critically acclaimed styling of the Cougar with bold interior changes and
performance enhancements. One of the primary goals of the Eliminator was to
use off-the-shelf aftermarket high-performance components, so new Cougar
owners could replicate many of the modifications. It is equipped with a
300hp 3-liter 24 valve inter-cooled supercharged engine, 18 inch aluminum
wheels, a body kit, suspension and brake upgrades.
|2002 Mercury Marauder Convertible
A new convertible
concept debuting at this year's Chicago Auto Show points to future
possibilities for Mercury and for the all-new 2003 Mercury Marauder
four-door performance sedan that goes on sale this summer.
Convertible builds on the popularity of the sedan, which is designed to
deliver a 1960s muscle car experience with contemporary driving dynamics,
comfort and safety.
It is designed to be
like no other vehicle:
∑ Its supercharged 335-horsepower V-8 delivers more horsepower than
any other full size convertible priced less than $85,000.
∑ It is a five-passenger convertible. All other convertibles on the
market today only seat two or four passengers.
∑ Rear seat room is generous. At approximately 38 inches, the
convertible's rear seat legroom is the same as Marauder sedan's.
∑ While true to its American muscle car heritage, it is thoroughly
modern - with low emissions, cutting-edge safety and driving dynamics that
balance comfort with control.
2003 Mercury Marauder sedan goes on sale this summer. Pricing will be
announced closer to launch. At this time, the convertible is purely a
concept, but public reaction will be closely monitored to gauge whether
sufficient demand exists to justify a full development program.
"Since the day we began work on the first Marauder concept, everyone on the
team knew we were building a car for customers who were like ourselves -
total gear heads who remember what it was like to drive cars that made you
feel like you owned the road," says Steve Babcock, Marauder project manager.
"I think the Marauder Convertible may be the ultimate car because it has the
performance we remember, the comfort and roominess of a Mercury sedan, and
nothing but open sky when the top is down."
|2003 Mercury Messenger
What's Special About It?
Mercury is returning to its roots ó the name Mercury used to stand for
stylish, powerful cars that most middle-class car buyers could afford. The
Messenger is exactly what its name suggests. It is sending a clear message
about Mercurys to come. The Messenger is nothing less than the most
exciting, best-looking Mercury since the '67 Cougar. Like the Cougar from
days gone by, the Messenger is sure to share some underpinnings and
drivetrain with the next Mustang.
While heritage or retro styling is all the rage these days, the Messenger is
thoroughly modern and uses only subtle hints of Mercurys from yesteryear.
The steeply raked rear window gently gives way to a small deck lid which
houses large LED taillights. Did I mention the Cougar? Well, the Messenger
revives the Cougar's sequential brake lights and turn indicators. The
stacked front-end treatment is to be a distinct design element on the next
generation of Mercury vehicles.
The Messenger is rear-wheel drive with 18-inch wheels up front, and 19s out
back. Under the hood is an all-aluminum 4.6-liter V8 and that motor should
be good for more than 300 horsepower.
Why Should You Care?
The Messenger is simply a beautiful car and comes off more like an
affordable Maserati than Mercury. Ford's 4.6-liter V8 in a rear-drive
two-seater should provide plenty of driving fun. ó Brian Moody
|2005 Mercury Meta One
Mercury's Meta One is a concept sport wagon
that showcases the future of Ford's safety technology. It's packed with
advanced safety equipment designed to both protect and prevent accidents. A
lane departure warning is engineered to warn the driver when the vehicle
veers outside of the lane markings, using either a visual, audible or
vibrating alert. New Collision Mitigation by Braking technology will react
on the driver's behalf, applying the brakes when the system's sensors and
cameras detect that an impact is imminent. The Meta One also uses roll
stability control, a feature expected to be offered on more than 500,000
Ford SUVs by the end of the year.
Beyond its safety image, the Meta One is designed to appeal to a younger
buyer. Interior features include a Wi-Fi portal, a Sirius satellite receiver
for streaming video and a smart navigation system which provides live
traffic information to quickly navigate local highways and byways. And as if
cutting-edge high-tech features aren't enough, there's also a twin-turbo
diesel-electric hybrid V6 engine boasting 431 pound-feet of torque to entice
the green car crowd.
|2006 Mercury Voga
The Milan Voga was targeted to the Hispanic market
with special options and features.
|2006 Mercury "Freestyle" Magellan
This is an artist's conception of what
might have been Mercury's version of the Ford Freestyle, to be called the
Magellan. Ford was rumored to be dropping the Freestyle and offer this
vehicle as a Mercury-only edition.