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SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
edited May 2 in Ford
The Fairlane - will this popular car of long ago make a triumphant comeback?
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  • togloondatogloonda Posts: 16
    need to get rid of the center console

    and tell us more about the engine and what is in it
  • bb31bb31 Posts: 1
    I'm trying to find info on whether the Fairlane will actually be going into production. I've heard talk that it will be part of the 07 line up. Anyone have news updates and how close to the concept version will it be? I'm really interested in this car and would very much like to see it happen. Thanks.
  • Holy Jesus! Stop now Ford! Don't bring this horrible thing to market! What is it? A minivan/crossover? Fairlane = D.O.A!!!!
  • My nephew picked up a 67 Fairlane in pretty nice clean condition, he's dropping a 428 CJ 4spd in it, he only paid $ 500.00 for the car too. lucked right out.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    I was at the LA Auto Show yesterday and snapped these:
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    or as close as I could get!
  • I saw the Fairlane concept at the LA auto show as well. I personally love this concept and if it is put into production the way the concept looks like, I'll see this as the sure sign of turnaround at Ford and buy its stock :P
    I saw the concept upclose and it has features that probably would not translate into production; such as real wood trims that make the whole thing look like something out of Ikea catalogue. Ikea to me means "products with cool looking design that look dated within three months and fall apart for sure within a year." The canvas top is at least original --somehow reminds me of Ralph Lauren-- but hugely impractical. The edges were already worn and stained from touching. I guess Ford will use simple fiberglass top instead. In fact, I feel like it has enough of Range Rover design cues to make it look upscale and suv-ish. What could be better than that to beat the scary stigma attached to the minivans? I strongly believe, Fairlane, if well executed, will be a strong contender in the new segment pioneered by Pacifica and now further expanded (upward) by the R-class.
  • siwsiw Posts: 1
    I think this is a great concept for those who have not lost their youthfulness but have many children to transport. It is a great compromise of the stylishness of the suv and minivan. I contacted ford in Oct.05 about this concept via their website and they actually wrote back saying it is in just the concept stage as we know and they have no intent of mass producing this vehicle at this time nor in the coming '07 line up however all positive and negative comments are noted and welcome.they told me that Based on the amount of comments they receive ways heavily on whether they decide to produce a concept in mass production or not so go to their website and tell them what you think also.
  • Being contacted by the company means jack squat!!! A few years ago I contacted Chrysler about the Dodge Razor. It was a total no brainer of a concept and I should be riding in one today but all I got from them was the same BS story Ford gave you. I even talked to a few Dodge reps at the auto show and they said everyone liked the car, yet Chrysler decided NOT to make it.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    Fairlane as a mini-van ---yuk! Horrible misuse of a good name. The Fairlane 500 was a neat little car. Bring that back. A cool Fairlane with an inline 6 and an optional 4.6V8 for under $20K and under $24K and you gotta deal.

    Loren
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    I know Ford is scared to death of the "minivan" name after the Freestar was such a dud, but the Fairlane should have sliding doors. It doesn't look like a minivan and sliding doors are soooo practical. At first, I liked the Element's "suicide" doors but not any more. I've read too many complaints.

    Replace the Freestar with the Fairlane but give it sliders.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    When I read about the Ford plant in Hazelwood, MO, being closed, I thought I understood that Ford is getting out of the minivan business entirely. Did I misinterpret (or mis-remember)?

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  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    When I read about the Ford plant in Hazelwood, MO, being closed, I thought I understood that Ford is getting out of the minivan business entirely. Did I misinterpret (or mis-remember)?
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    I seem to recall hearing that too. But I think the Fairlane concept would be an excellent opportunity for Ford to re-enter the "minivan" market with something that didn't look like a minivan.
  • gene_vgene_v Posts: 235
    The Hazlewood plant produces SUV's, the Ford Explorer not mnivans.
  • nshah23nshah23 Posts: 3
    it will probably be built on the same platform as the 500 (s80 platform...d-1 i think) and it will get fwd, w/ awd optional and the new 270 hp 3.5 L V6
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    Based on this article, the Fairlane would be based on the Ford 500/Freestyle platform. Other than style differences, why would you need both the Freestyle and Fairlane. The Freestyle already is a 3 row people-mover, car based CUV. To me, the Fairlane is like an art-deco version of the Freestyle.

    I just don't understand why Ford makes such a big deal about the Fairlane as the next "people mover", when they already have the Freestyle in the same basic configuration and more than capable of doing everything the Fairlane can do. I think Ford's problem is that they keep getting rid of vehicles and making new names (granada, taurus, 500, escort, focus, etc...), rather than sticking to a name and just making it better and better (aka camry, corolla, accord, etc).

    http://detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060621/AUTO01/606210400/1148- -
  • There is a person (probably a humanoid, not a small furry carnivore) that posts under the name "foxrun" (searchable word on the Edge forums) who works at the plant where the Edge is being built, says they have already begun planning factory workflow for the Fairlane (or whatever it will eventually be called). Therefore, I'd think they may use the Ford Edge/Fusion chassis for this horseless carriage motorcar. ... Could it look more like a brick? But maybe thats the trend (ala Scion Xb box, Land Rover classic, Honda Element, Dodge Nitro, etc.).... You know, making it shaped like a fridge means wind noise could be bad.
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  • bobw3, Ford is using the Chrysler business model of introducing new products to keep the consumer buying more new cars. I have a Freestyle, like you, and know its a winner, but the new models coming out have got me curious.
  • ANT14ANT14 Posts: 2,687
    The name will be Ford Flex...

    LINK
  • hwyhobohwyhobo Posts: 263
    The name will be Ford Flex

    Ford must be having some special competition for the worst possible name. How is "Flex" supposed to be better than "Fairlane"? Is "Flex" a hint on its torsional rigidity?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Interesting read. I am not sure how they get full size + V6 together but if it works I guess it's cool.

    Legendary Tarus reliability too? :)

    -mike
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Too bad Ford is doing it again...introducing something they have no intention of selling for more than a year hence. Other production ready concepts are usually unveiled a few months before Job One. Plus, Ford's gestation time for any new model still seems to be the longest in the industry. They need to fix that.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Also, I like the proportions for the most part. A shorter front overhang would have looked more modern. And what is this about Ford not being able to get even 60" of shoulder room out of a vehicle 80" wide? That is wider than many full-size SUVs. Many of them offer several inches in excess of 60 in the shoulder room department. It is especially a mystery, given the slab sides it sports.

    What they really need to do is start pulling some of their introductions forward, like GM and Chysler have started doing. This thing could turn out to be old news by the time it hits market. Just imagine how many more CUVs and CUV alternatives will hit the market b4 summer 08.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Heck Subaru just released the new impreza and it'll hit the streets in under 6 months.

    Tribecca re-design will hit the streets in 2-3 months.

    -mike
  • fordenvyfordenvy Posts: 72
    I'd buy it over a mini-van, but I don't have kids. No use for it, has truck-mini-van crossover look to it. I think it'll sell, but I personally don't like how similar it looks to the scion toaster (you know that little box).
  • ...with the rest of Ford's product lineup? It seems that between the TaurusX, Edge, Escape, Explorer, and Expedition they should already be able to meet any need. The Flex should stand out in a parking lot, but is it really necessary? Ford needs to be concentrating on cars - that's where the market is leaning. Anyway, that's what the media would have one believe, and something like the Flex isn't going to help Ford's image as a behind-the-times builder of big, gas guzzling truck-like things.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I have to agree, their lineup is starting to look like GMs.

    Focus (do they make that still?)
    Fusion
    Tarus
    Tarus X
    Escape
    Edge
    Explorer
    Expedition
    Expedition XL
    F150
    F250
    F350

    Seems like they should have the market pretty well covered.

    -mike
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,415
    Yeah, right. Except for the fact their sales are so down and market share is shrinking. The Freestyle may already cover this market, but guess what? It doesn't sell. The Taurus X should pick up a few more sales, but due to its looks, it will still be an also-ran. The Flex at least will stand out. So those who don't like cool styling like the Flex (and even more funky things like the xB) can still buy the sensible Taurus X--at least until Ford kills it.

    They definitely need more (and different) products if they wish to make a prifit again. Their thought now is rather than relying on blockbusters like the old Taurus and Explorer used to be, to market more types of vehicles. Don't know if it will work, but the fact is they still have way fewer models than GM and Chrysler.
  • twaintwain Posts: 185
    Why does Ford need the Flex when it has the Freestyle? BTW, renaming that the TaurusX was stupid. The Flex was interesting when it had suicide doors but now it's just a big bloated Freestyle. Sliding doors would have been optimal but I guess those are the kiss of death. With the conventional doors and the same drivetrain as the Freestyle, the Flex is redundant.

    For something really exciting, bring the SMax over from Europe. Ford is running scared and making bad decisions. Resurrecting the Taurus name and putting conventional doors on the Flex is the evidence.
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