Either the universe is expediting the demise of Mercury or somebody just got a case of massive panic, although this dealership accident may prove that both scenarios were working hand-in-hand.
Whatever the case may be, a couple looking to make a Ford F-150 pick-up truck purchase were about to test drive a unit when things took a (reverse) turn for the worse. Thinking that he was all set to go, the driver mistakenly put the pick-up in reverse only to realize what he had done a second too late. In his panic, the driver accidentally pushed the gas pedal, causing the truck to drive straight into not just one, but two Mercury Milan sedans that were parked in front of the F-150.
Emergency crews were quick on the scene to help the shell-shocked couple out of the truck where, fortunately, both came out unscathed. According to KABC, all three vehicles were heavily damaged as a result of the accident, although there’s no word on whether the couple who made the trip to the dealership to test out the F-150 would have to pay for the two Milan sedans they accidentally wrecked as a result of the mishap. We’re not ones for letting incidences like this go without so much as a fine, but considering that these are Mercurys - who really buys them these days? - we’d let this one pass. Besides, the driver didn’t mean to do it so we’ll chalk this one up to the universe accelerating the inevitability of Mercury’s demise.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just began to investigate nearly 250,000 Ford Motor Company vehicles. The cause of the problem is floor mats. The NHTSA has warned drivers not to use unsecured all-weather floor mats in their vehicles.
The investigation is taking a look at 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles, due to loose floor mats causing the accelerator pedal to become entrapped. The NHTSA warned drivers not to place these all-weather mats over top of current floor mats in the drivers side foot well.
Ford spokesperson Said Depp said the company was unaware of any injures of accidents because of the problem. "We do not recommend stacking floor mats in any vehicle from any automaker," Deep said to the Detroit News.
"All owners of these vehicles should ensure that any mat used is properly secured and never stacked," NHTSA said in a statement. "Any Ford ’all weather’ optional floor mat should be placed in the driver’s side foot well only after first unfastening and removing the standard, carpeted floor mat."
NHTSA said it had no reports of injuries, accidents or deaths.
For the Fusion prices are as follow: the front-wheel-drive Fusion S, with a new fuel-efficient 2.5-liter I-4 engine, has a base price of $19,995; the SE trim level is $20,545; the SEL is $23,975, Fusion Sport FWD is priced at $25,825; AWD at $27,675. Fusion Hybrid has a base price of $27,995.
For Milan prices ranges from $21,180 for the FWD model with the I-4 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, to $27,800 for the well-equipped Milan Premier AWD model with a fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The Hybrid version is priced at $31,300.
Mercury unveiled the 2010 Milan, a new generation that adds for the first time a hybrid model to the line-up. The new Mercury will be built at Ford’s Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping and Assembly Plant and will go on sale in spring 2009.
The 2010 Mercury comes with new grille, fenders, hood, and front and rear fascias. The chin was pulled forward and the fascia was pulled down to give the 2010 Mercury Milan a wider, sportier look. Those changes as well as substantial underbody work made for a cleaner, more aerodynamic car.
Under the hood there is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp and 136 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission or e-CVT. The hybrid version comes with a new smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery has been optimized to produce 20 percent more power. It can operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, approximately twice as fast as some competitors. Plus, the city driving range on a single tank of gas is expected to be more than 700 miles.
Mercury Milan challenges the perceptions of what an exceptional mid-size car should be by combining distinctive, sophisticated styling, an expressive, modern interior and segment-leading quality, all at an unexpected value.
The Mercury Milan has helped bring new energy and new customers to the Mercury showroom with its style and strong value. For 2007, the Milan builds on its compelling value story by making anti-lock brakes and the safety and security package standard on all models. This package includes side-impact air bags for the driver and front passenger, side curtain air bags for first and second rows, and an anti-theft perimeter alarm system. Traction control is also now standard on V-6 models.
Ken Grody says quality is one of the key reasons his dealership in Carlsbad, Calif., is selling a lot of Ford Fusions. He has noticed that Fusion customers rarely come in with service problems and believes that’s driving sales.
"People come in to change the oil and that’s about it, and the word is starting to get out," he said. "For us, the Fusion is really beginning to establish a beachhead against the imports."
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Build to overtake, the top market models such as Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, from leading the midsize sedan car market. With it’s slick design the 2006 Mercury Milan, aims for a younger class of buyers than the company was used to.