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Ford to End Mercury Brand This Year, Expand Lincoln
businessweek ^ | June 02, 2010 | Keith Naughton

Posted on 06/02/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Ford Motor Co., after selling its European brands, said it will discontinue its 71-year-old Mercury brand by the end of the year and expand its Lincoln lineup with a new small car. Ford’s board voted today to cease production of all four of Mercury’s models in the fourth quarter, Mark Fields, the automaker’s president of the Americas, told reporters. Ford will send letters to 1,712 Mercury dealers this week offering them buyouts and giving some the chance to merge the Lincoln half of their franchise with Ford showrooms, he said.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Travel
KEYWORDS: capri; cougar; ford; fordmercury; grandmarquis; lincoln; lincolnmercury; mercury; tracer

1 posted on 06/02/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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1970 Ford Mercury Cougar XR-7


2 posted on 06/02/2010 5:44:08 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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1955 Mercury D528 Prototype Sedan


3 posted on 06/02/2010 5:46:19 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

No more Jill Wagner commercials? Now that is depressing.


4 posted on 06/02/2010 5:46:31 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

She hosts wipe out now don’t ask me how I know that


5 posted on 06/02/2010 5:47:59 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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6 posted on 06/02/2010 5:48:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

The 1950 Merc was cool but they are just re-badged Fords now.


7 posted on 06/02/2010 5:48:29 PM PDT by omega4179 (www.jdforsenate.com)
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To: mnehring
And she practices good trigger safety


8 posted on 06/02/2010 5:49:27 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: JoeProBono
My older brother was always talking about getting a 1940 something Merc as he called them never did get one but he did have one of those old cars that had what looked like a chrome donut on the front of it nice two door with a split front windshield.
9 posted on 06/02/2010 5:49:51 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JoeProBono

I always liked the rear windows of 1960’s era Mercurys.

They were electric and quite vertical and distinctive.


10 posted on 06/02/2010 5:49:54 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: mnehring

No more Jill Wagner commercials?”

...or Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat.”


11 posted on 06/02/2010 5:50:32 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: mnehring
TRUE DAT.

One of the finest fillys to grace a Mercury ad since ... ever.

12 posted on 06/02/2010 5:51:11 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: omega4179

Stallone drove a 50 Merc in “Cobra”, I was impressed by its suspension when he drove it out of the 2nd floor of a parking garage and continued the chase scene.


13 posted on 06/02/2010 5:51:55 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: martin_fierro

I hit it


14 posted on 06/02/2010 5:52:00 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: JoeProBono
Mercury Blues
15 posted on 06/02/2010 5:54:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("A Republic, If You Can Keep It" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: JoeProBono

I was an idiot to sell that car.

16 posted on 06/02/2010 5:54:37 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has it limits.)
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To: I_Like_Spam

17 posted on 06/02/2010 5:55:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I have always loved looking at Lincolns.


18 posted on 06/02/2010 5:56:15 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: JoeProBono

He made some pretty silly movies


19 posted on 06/02/2010 5:59:10 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: JoeProBono
When I was younger, my mother had a classic 1964 Mercury with the breeze way back window. It had a 4 barrel, 390 super marauder engine in it. It could haul, it was sooo fast. In the summer, my brothers, and I would tell my mother to race on the main street in the city where we lived. We beat every single car there. We beat all the muscle cars of the '70's. The car was fast. I still have the car in the garage, it needs work but someday I am going to restore it to its former glory.


20 posted on 06/02/2010 6:06:26 PM PDT by GinaLolaB
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To: mnehring
Try This:

Mercury 1979

21 posted on 06/02/2010 6:06:34 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: al baby

1988 Rambo Lambo for a Cool $114,888!


22 posted on 06/02/2010 6:07:56 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Nice Merc except for that God awful purple color.


23 posted on 06/02/2010 6:09:59 PM PDT by calex59
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To: JoeProBono

I love mercs..only Lincoln I owned was a lemmon.


24 posted on 06/02/2010 6:12:52 PM PDT by dalebert
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25 posted on 06/02/2010 6:14:15 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: buccaneer81

26 posted on 06/02/2010 6:22:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I was going to post “good riddance, and tell them to take that horrible country song with them,” and then you had to post the video of it. Just cut my ears off now...


27 posted on 06/02/2010 6:26:23 PM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Gil4

LOL!


28 posted on 06/02/2010 6:27:07 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("A Republic, If You Can Keep It" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: al baby

IBTLaz...

I’d definately hit it, if she didn’t hit me first!


29 posted on 06/02/2010 6:37:00 PM PDT by meyer (Big government is the enemy of freedom.)
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To: JoeProBono

I think the new Hawaii 5-O has McGarrett driving a new Mustang... or maybe it's a Prius?

Makes the panda cry.

30 posted on 06/02/2010 7:15:31 PM PDT by Rodamala
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