Originally Posted by imageWIS
You're assumptions do not equate. You don't want the car to be expensive, because no one will pay "˜good' money for a Ford (contrary to the fact that the Ford GT sold like hotcakes), yet you want them to include the upwards-opening doors (impractical and expensive), LEDS (expensive and not easy to find replacements; at least at this moment), and the interior (which, with all its metal trim is expensive and really doesn't look all that comfortable).
I see no reason why Ford can't make a car that looks just like this, with the same dimensions as the Ford Fusion, but using normal lights, normal doors, and a normal interior. Utilizing a 4-Cylinder and a V6 as available power plants, plus either RWD or AWD and placing the engine behind the wheels. Seriously, if they make it the right way (a-la Honda or Toyota) I see no reason why a car like that can't be a success.
The GT was sold like hotcakes because it was commemorating the original GT40, which was only released to the public for the sole reason of allowing Ford to race in the Le Mans. The GT sold well because it's a collector's item. Although it performs well, who in their right mind would buy a GT for normal driving purposes? (ever seen Jeremy Clarkson complaining about his GT?)
Ford can make a car like this, using "normal" interiors and parts...but then again, this car would indeed be normal. Also, the way it looks right now make the body panels on this car is a repair nightmare, which equates to higher insurance rates. Why do you think the Camry and Accord are so damn plain looking? See, if you dumb down the interior of the car and the exterior of the car, then you have a regular old Ford. Instead of concentrating on making flashy cars, a good start is for Ford to make more reliable and more ergonomic cars. Leave the highend stuff to the highend brands, with highend consumers and highend prices.
When the domestics weren't exposed to Japanese competition, they could pull a fast one over the American consumers by essentially repackaging the same shitty car every year with bigger fins and bolder body panels. Apart from pension issues, this same business thinking during the last 3 decades was what put Ford and GM in their current financial positions.