Look-a-like: Ford Fusion/Mondeo and…

Normally when you think of Ford Fusion (or Mondeo, as it’s known in Europe) taking design inspiration from another car, your thoughts immediately go to the Aston Martin-esque front grille. And rightly so – Ford’s decision to unashamedly adopt a family grille whose shape is much like that of the British sports car maker has received a lot of press, especially given that Ford used to own Aston Martin. However, this is not the only case of the Blue Oval taking design inspiration from cars produced by a brand it used to own.

Another example is the rear of the recently-facelifted Ford Fusion/Mondeo, for which Ford adopted a chrome bar that runs the whole width of the car, much like that seen on the previous-generation Jaguar XF. Of course, with its elegant RWD proportions the XF is the better-looking of the two (arguably, it looks better than the model that replaced it, too), but there is no denying the fact that the new rear treatment has lifted the previously dowdy-looking Fusion/Mondeo. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, indeed!

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About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he'd moved to the US. In college he promised himself he's buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman...
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Comments

  1. It’s mind-boggling to think that Ford owned Jaguar, Aston Martin, Land Rover and Volvo and almost killed off all those brands because they didn’t knew what to do with them.
    I wonder what would happen to Lincoln if they sold it to someone else…

    • bruce burns says:

      And worse to prove how bad Ford management is a Indian company which most people would write off as third world has resurrected Jag Landover to catastrophic profit levels , so could you imagine if Ford America was handed over to the Japanese to run , it would become what it used to be before the rise of Japan after ww2 .

  2. Although headlights and tail lights of different cars often look alike, I think the resemblance between Ford and certain British brands is no coincidence. Ford is very popular on the British islands.

  3. Theo Prijs says:

    Long before Aston Martin was bought bij Ford, the grille of the English Ford Zephyr Mk I and the one of the Aston DB 2 – cars of 1950 – are looking much more alike as they do today! Even the Mk II Zephyr, intrduced in 1957, had a look-a-like grille! So what does the remarke in this article means?

  4. Krzysztof Wozniak says:

    @Theo – this is very interesting, I had no idea! If you don’t mind, I will use this example in a follow-up “retro” article

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