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Encyclopedia > Ford Freestar
Ford Freestar
Ford Freestar Limited
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Mercury Monterey
Production 2004–2007
Assembly Oakville, Ontario
Predecessor Ford Windstar
Successor Ford Flex
Class Minivan
Engine 3.9 L Essex V6 (US only)
4.2 L Essex V6
Transmission 4-speed AX4N automatic
Wheelbase 120.8 in.
Length 201.0 in.
Width 76.4 in.
Height 68.8 in.
Similar Chevrolet Uplander
Dodge Caravan
Honda Odyssey

The Ford Freestar was a minivan made by the Ford Motor Company, manufactured until November 2006. It replaced the Ford Windstar for the 2004 model year. The name change accommodated Ford's strategy to rename their cars to words beginning in F. The Freestar, along with its Mercury twin, the Monterey, are built in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 380 pixel Image in higher resolution (1143 × 543 pixel, file size: 88 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Ford Freestar Metadata... Automakers or automobile manufacturers are companies that design and manufacture automobiles. ... Ford Motor Company, (Fomoco on mechanical parts), is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on vehicle sales in 2005. ... Oakville (2006 population 165,613[1]) is a town on Lake Ontario in southern Ontario, Canada, midway between Toronto (about 31 km or 19 mi away) on its eastern border and Hamilton (about 20 km or 12 mi away) from its western border. ... The Ford Windstar was a minivan produced and sold by the Ford Motor Company from 1995 to 2003. ... The Ford Flex is a full-size people-mover crossover SUV that replaces the discontinued Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans. ... It has been suggested that Vehicle size class be merged into this article or section. ... Lloyd LT 600, a vintage minivan 05 Mercury Monterey minivan Buick GL8, sold exclusively in China A minivan, multi-purpose vehicle, people-carrier, people-mover or multi-utility vehicle is a type of automobile similar in shape to a van that is designed for personal use and has between four... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Internal combustion engine. ... Ford Motor Company has produced two different V6 piston engines which have been commonly referred to as Essex: Ford Essex V6 engine (UK) - A 60° V6, 2. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... The Canadian Essex (90 Degree V) engine was a V6 engine family built by Ford Motor Company in Windsor, Ontario. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ... Epicyclic gearing or planetary gearing as used in an automatic transmission. ... The AXOD was a 4-speed automatic transaxle for transverse front wheel drive automobiles from the Ford Motor Company. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Chevrolet Uplander is a minivan introduced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors, replacing the Venture and Astro. ... The Dodge Caravan and Dodge Grand Caravan are minivans manufactured by DaimlerChrysler (they were sold by the Chrysler Corporation until 1998). ... The Honda Odyssey is a minivan / large MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Honda since 1995. ... Lloyd LT 600, a vintage minivan 05 Mercury Monterey minivan Buick GL8, sold exclusively in China A minivan, multi-purpose vehicle, people-carrier, people-mover or multi-utility vehicle is a type of automobile similar in shape to a van that is designed for personal use and has between four... Ford Motor Company, (Fomoco on mechanical parts), is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on vehicle sales in 2005. ... The Ford Windstar was a minivan produced and sold by the Ford Motor Company from 1995 to 2003. ... Mercury is an automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company founded in 1939 to market near-luxury cars slotted between entry-level Ford and luxury Lincoln models, similar to General Motors Buick (and former Oldsmobile) brand and DaimlerChryslers Chrysler brand. ... Oakville (2006 population 165,613[1]) is a town on Lake Ontario in southern Ontario, Canada, midway between Toronto (about 31 km or 19 mi away) on its eastern border and Hamilton (about 20 km or 12 mi away) from its western border. ...


The Freestar offers a place for up to seven passengers, it features an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission as the part of standard equipment. There are five trim levels available: Freestar (base), SE, Sport, SEL, and Limited. In the United States, the Freestar offers two available gasoline-powered V6 engines. The smaller 3.9 L (available only in the United States) develops a maximum power of 193 hp (144 kW) at 4500 RPM and 240 ft·lb (325 N·m) of torque at 3750 RPM, while the larger 4.2 L offers a power of 201 hp (150 kW) at 4,250 rpm and 263 ft·lb (357 N·m) of torque at 3650 RPM. While the smaller engine is on the base model in the United States, the larger 4.2L engine is standard on all models in Canada. An automatic transmission is an automobile gearbox that can change gear ratios automatically as the vehicle moves, thus freeing the driver from having to shift gears manually. ... Gasoline or petrol is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture consisting mostly of hydrocarbons and enhanced with benzene or iso-octane to increase octane ratings, used as fuel in internal combustion engines. ... The Ford Essex V6 engine V6 and V-6 redirect here. ...

Contents

Name change

The Freestar name change was a bold move that may have led to its early demise as perhaps a textbook example of how a name change can kill what was once a strong product line. [1] The Toronto Star cited one naming expert who called it the "Ford Fiasco.". Naseem Javed, president of ABC Namebank International predicted "It will cause confusion and chaos for consumers. Others called the scheme to rename Ford's with a word starting with the letter F as "just foolish". Ford said that dealers suggested the idea, and that it fit the the $600 million redesign of the Ford minivan. Joe Greenwell, vice-president of marketing and operations for parent Ford Motor Co. believed the new name would "stimulate interest in the product".


Mercury Monterey

Mercury Monterey
Mercury Monterey
Production 2004–2007
Predecessor Mercury Villager
Similar Buick Terraza
Chrysler Town & Country

For the 1950-1974 full-size car, see Mercury Monterey. Image File history File links BlackMonterey. ... Black 2002 Mercury Villager This picture was taken in front of Northville Highschool in Northville, Michigan. ... The Chevrolet Uplander is a minivan from General Motors. ... 1994 Town & Country The Chrysler Town & Country is a name that has been used on three different vehicles, two station wagons and a minivan. ... The current Mercury Monterey minivan is the Mercury variant of the 2004 Ford Freestar. ...


The Mercury Monterey minivan was the Mercury variant of the Freestar. It filled a gap in the Mercury lineup left after production ceased of the small Nissan Quest-based Villager in 2002. Sales of the Monterey minivan were very low, as the Ford design would prove uncompetitive against stronger entries from Buick and Chrysler, and a decline in interest in the minvan market. Only 567 were sold in August 2006, when production ended after a short run of 2007 models. 1,354 were sold that month the year before, a decline of 58.1 percent. The Oakville Assembly plant underwent retooling for the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover SUVs. The last model rolled off the assembly line on August 25, 2006. Lloyd LT 600, a vintage minivan 05 Mercury Monterey minivan Buick GL8, sold exclusively in China A minivan, multi-purpose vehicle, people-carrier, people-mover or multi-utility vehicle is a type of automobile similar in shape to a van that is designed for personal use and has between four... Mercury is an automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company founded in 1939 to market near-luxury cars slotted between entry-level Ford and luxury Lincoln models, similar to General Motors Buick (and former Oldsmobile) brand and DaimlerChryslers Chrysler brand. ... Nissan Motor Co. ... The Nissan Quest is a minivan produced by Nissan Motor Corporation since 1993. ... Black 2002 Mercury Villager This picture was taken in front of Northville Highschool in Northville, Michigan. ... Oakville Assembly Complex is a Ford Motor Company automobile factory in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. ... The Ford Edge is a new mid-size crossover SUV to be launched in November 2006 under the marque Ford. ... The Lincoln MKX is a Lincoln crossover SUV which was supposed to be named Lincoln Aviator, when the XUV replaces Explorer-based SUV in Lincolns lineup. ... The Honda CR-V is a crossover SUV based on the Honda Civic platform. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Since Monterey went on sale in October 2003 it has sold exactly 31,814 as of February 2007.


Sale numbers come from www.blueovalnews.com


Slow Sales and Early Retirement

The Freestar, and its sibling Monterey, were criticized for poor interior quality, and its overall lack of refinement compared to the competition. Sales of the Freestar in 2006 were down 20 percent from 2005, and its Mercury sibling, the Monterey, had seen sales slump 40 percent from 2005.


When the Windstar was first introduced, it was a strong seller that had beat Chrysler to an aerodynamically styled minivan. When the Freestar was introduced, despite an extensive redesign, its main innovation was a folding third row which had already been adopted by competitors, and it placed last in many reviews. It was no longer competitive when Japanese makes had finally adopted the layout and size of the class-defining Chrysler minivans, and its early retirement also contributed to Ford's financial problems, as they had also discontinued the Taurus, Thunderbird, Ford GT and renamed the Ford Five Hundred back to a name more familiar to the buying public, reversing the "F" naming strategy which had failed.


The Freestar used the code A5 in the 5th and 6th positions of the VIN. Depending on the capitalization, Vin can refer to any of the following: Vin = input voltage (an alternative form for Vin) Old European Script A diminutive of the name Vincent, as in: Vin Diesel Vin Scully The name of a character from the video games Jak II and Jak 3: Vin...


Successor

The successor for the Ford Freestar is the 2009 Ford Flex which debuted at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. It is uncertain if there will be a replacement for the Mercury Monterey. There is also rumour about an upscale Lincoln version coming in 2008.[2] The Ford Flex is a full-size people-mover crossover SUV that replaces the discontinued Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans. ... The New York International Auto Show is an annual auto show held in late March or early April. ...


Countries sold

Notes

  1. ^ [1] Ford plays name game with popular Windstar minivan Toronto Star Feb. 8, 2003. 01:00 AM

External links

  • Official Ford Freestar website
  • AutoGuideWiki.com
  • 2004 Ford Freestar Limited review by CanadianDriver



  Results from FactBites:
 
Ford Freestar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (244 words)
The name change accommodates Ford's strategy to rename their cars to words beginning in F. The Freestar, along with its twin the Mercury Monterey are both made in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
The Freestar offers a place for up to seven passengers, it features an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission as the part of standard equipment, and is available with two gasoline-powered V6 engines.
Ford will reportedly replace the Freestar with the retro-styled Ford Fairlane three-row sport wagon in 2008.
2005 Ford Freestar - Ratings & Reviews - Ann Job - MSN Autos (1365 words)
Ford officials look for the new van, which received a government five-star crash test rating and is the first at Ford with third-row seats that fold flat into a cavity in the cargo floor, to post better sales than the Windstar has in recent years.
Officially, the Freestar with 4.2-liter V6 is rated by the government at 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
Ford's use of simply labeled levers and pulls for the third-row seat—they had the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on them to tell me in which order to operate them—meant I was able to put the seat down without having to read the owner's manual.
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