In today’s world of vehicular incest, where car manufacturers are continually blending elements from within their own family of vehicles, it is always interesting to see just what will be hitting the streets in the upcoming model line ups.
It is never a surprise to see a design feature from a brand’s higher end lines trickle down into their lower end models. It happens so frequently that we rarely batt an eye when doing a double take on the highway because one model looks so entirely similar to another. More so, the plot thickens when automakers share design elements across brand lines. Case in point, the Volkswagen Toureag has a very similar rear end to the Porsche Cayenne. In it’s simplest of terms, it makes sense. Keeps costs down, ensure brand recognition (rather than moniker division), and ensures the consumer believes they are getting a higher end product at a lower end cost.
I’m all for it.
So it should come as no surprise that Ford looked within their brands for the design of the new 2013 Fusion. Granted it’s a striking vehicle with a design that is less “Hertz Gold Member Downgrade” and more “Normal People Might Want to Drive Me”. If you’re a car buff like me, you’ve already ventured a guess at just what family member influenced the new design. And you’d probably be right if it weren’t for the fact that said brand is no longer in Ford’s stable of brands after being sold to a UK investment group.
So tell me…. do you think the mother in this case was the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe?
Or am I just off my rocker.