Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion nameplate has been used on two distinctly different vehicles.

It was first applied to a Fiesta-based people mover produced by Ford of Europe; that car was sold between 2002 and 2012, before being replaced by the Ford B-Max.

Since 2005 the Fusion name has been used on the company’s large Camry– and Accord-class sedan. That car was initially planned to be badged as the Futura, a name that Ford had used previously in the 1950s, 60s and 70s for concept cars and as a variant name. Pep Boys, an auto parts retailer, challenged the trademark as it sold a line of tyres under that name.

The name Fusion was also used in internal communications about the first generation Ford Focus. It’s not known whether the use of Fusion in relation to that vehicle was purely as a decoy to throw off the press. One rumour suggests that the name of the Escort successor was changed at the last minute by Ford CEO Jacques Nasser when it was leaked to the press.

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