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[quote author=HALOREALM link=topic=187617.msg3960552#msg3960552 date=1299883847]
In the way back beginning was it not supposed to be Falcon/Futura type thing of sorts? and wound up named the Fusion...there was also the 427 Concept..
Hi HALO. :wavey: Just some interesting information relating to all of this: What you are mentioning was just a name/trademark issue. The original name planned for the current U.S. "Fusion" was "Futura", harking mainly back to the various Ford Falcon Futura's of the 60's and secondarily to the Fairmont Futura's of the 70's and early 80's. Unfortunately, by 2005-2006, Ford no longer held the intellectual rights to the Futura name, since it had not been used in so many years. In the meantime, the name was being used by a tire company for one of their tire models. So the tire company threatened to file suit to block the use of the Futura name by Ford, so Ford eventually decided to change the name of the planned new model to Fusion (and here we are today). But the car we now have was always the car planned, whatever name it wound up having.
The Australian Falcon never had any relationship to our current Fusion models. And the 2003 Ford 427 concept was a big RWD, 7.0L V-8 powered concept that never made it to production. The front end design (grill and headlights mainly) was then toned down and adapted to the 2006-2009 Fusion.
But the Australian Falcon and Ford 427 concept are larger, RWD, V-8 powered vehicles with no relationship to the U.S. Fusion models.
Hope this information helps.
Good luck. :cheers:
That 427 Concept was an awesome idea, when I was doing the hood I thought of that concept as a potential design for the hood. I just couldn't figure a good way to incorp it into the existing body line. None the less, that shaker hood was sexy.