According to Automotive News Ford Europe's new influence on the US brand could include an exported S-Max minivan/MPV, the well-considered hauler that snagged the European "Car of the Year 2007." New chief bossman, Alan Mulally declined to offer details on which new models from FoMoCo's profitable on-continent division will wind up on US soil, though the European Transit Connect small commercial van has already been confirmed as an over-and-comer. No word yet on the Mondeo, the Ford Europe product many Jalopnik readers want to see imported (second to the Focus, ST, natch). But the books aren't closed quite yet.
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Ford definitely needs to inject some of the verve and character present in the Ford Europe stable. Models like the Focus, Mondeo and S-Max would certainly boost sales for the Blue Oval stateside, as would Opel/Vauxhall models (Astra, Vectra) for GM. They own these brands abroad so why is it taking them so long to offer them to North American buyers?