Ford Motor Co. has postponed the production start of its new Mondeo midsized car at its Genk factory in Belgium for three months already from its supposed start date of April 6, 2013, local media reports citing union sources. Arnaud Henckaerts, Ford Belgium spokesman, confirmed the postponement to Automotive News Europe, saying that it was caused by issues related to homologation and specification levels.
Henckaerts refused to disclose details, saying it was an internal problem. He also said the Ford has yet to set a new date for a new production start. Henckaerts noted that the problem is not an unusual one, quipping that the April 6, 2013 date was just an internal date for the production start. Vehicle output at Ford’s Genk plant is currently 16 percent below its usual capacity as the Mondeo as well as the S-Max and Galaxy minivans reach the end of their life cycles.
According to Henckaerts, Ford is presently making a decision whether to build its new S-Max and Galaxy models in Genk. Henckaerts said that as of now, the only certain thing is that the current S-Max and Galaxy will continue throughout 2013. The new Mondeo, a sister model to the U.S. market Ford Fusion, is set to be rolled out in Europe between May and June 2013 following its launch at the Paris auto show this September.
Through the years, the Ford Mondeo has been known not just as a stylish car, but also as a versatile and dynamic driving character. In addition, the new Mondeo has been known as a car that allows its occupant to enjoy the ride and be as comfortable as possible. Now, the latest iteration of the Mondeo boasts of being better or at par with its predecessors.
To achieve such a status, all three body styles of the new Mondeo -- four-door, five-door and wagon – now feature refreshed looks. The kinetic design cues of each Mondeo body style have been further highlighted both on the front and rear ends. For instance, the front end comes with a larger lower trapezoidal ad slimmer upper grilles as flanked by new daytime running lights that now feature LED technology. It also comes with revised hood profile as well as bolder graphics.
On the other hand, the side profile of the new Ford Mondeo (higher series models only) reveals sleek lines as highlighted by a full chrome window surround. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by larger and restyled tail lamps, which like the daytime running lights also employ LED technology.