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Ford, in re-examining its future line of crossover SUVs and minivans โ€” recasting the lot of them as "people movers โ€” confirmed plans to discontinue the current-model Freestyle after 2007. The poorly selling crosso-wagon-ute, apparently obsolete in Ford's paddock before it was introduced, will be dropped to make way for a new model of the same name. Still, as AutoWeek reports, a Mercury version of the current model will be produced in 2007, as planned. Other product changes in store include Volvo-derived minivans and new sport wagons based on the Mazda6 platform for Ford and Lincoln.

Ford to drop current Freestyle from van plan; vehicle name will likely survive [AutoWeek]

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