Too bad they screwed up every opportunity to do that in the past. The people on the MN12 team believed they were designing a platform that would be used on more than just the 'bird/Cougar and Mark, a platform that would be used for sedans as well, but that never happened. The DEW98 platform was supposed to be more for Ford than just the Lincoln LS and Thunderbird, yet they decided to kill that too. They had a head start 25 years ago and then squandered everything they have done since then. The Mustang could have had an IRS 20 years ago, Ford and Lincoln/Mercury could have been the standard of the world, but they squandered it to build Explorers. Ford is only just now climbing itself out of the hole its been digging for the last two decades. The rest of the world is so far ahead when it comes to chassis tech is ridiculous. Its why every car chassis they are using right now was aped from Volvo (Focus/Taurus/MKS/Explorer) or Mazda (Fiesta/Fusion/MKZ), because they sold their only modern platform (DEW98) with Jaguar who still uses it. At least Ford was lucky to have access to those brands and their designs or else we still would probably be using the original Taurus and Escort platforms from the 80s, alongside more Fox and Panther cars.Read last week that the 2015 Mustang platform may have 1-2 Lincolns built on it. Possibly a small 4 door LSC, and maybe a 2 door version. That would stir some excitement!
Currently I dont think they play up what they have well. The MKZ comes with an optional SHO motor and is more loaded if that is possible and quieter. Read/heard they learned more about sound proofing from Jaguar and put that tech in the MKZ, and others. Also I dont see much on the Navigator anymore which is the ultimate land yacht.
We will see what happens. Regardless I could only afford used no matter what is in their line-up.
Much of the tech that Europe packed into small cars during the 2000s came from Volvo and Mazda however. Its the same tech packed into the Volvo C30 and Mazda 2. The 4cyl engines are straight Mazda designs and the 5cyls are straight Volvo. The current Fusion/MKZ is straight Mazda 6 and the I have a feeling that the new one shares a lot in common with that architecture. The Mondeo has had a ton of Volvo under it for years...The Focus and Fiesta are Ford Europe designs, Not Volvo or mazda designs. In those two cars cases it's a good thing since, until the Focus, Ford North America consistantly failed at producing subcompacts that weren't penalty boxes. Europe in contrast were very well versed in the segment since big cars aren't popular there.
The upcoming Fusion is also a Ford design, replacing the Euro Mondeo.
So Ford going back to MacStruts in the Fusion is actually a step backwards, nice. As far as standard transmissions go, Ford hasnt made their own since the 70s. I have an M5R2 in my F-150 and its a great transmission, though I'd rather have a ZF5. My point is the R&D at Ford isnt that great and they've got a bit of catching up to do...The relations between Mazda and in particular Volvo have been declining for quite a while, especially now that the latter is no longer under Ford's umbrella. The new platforms, with the exception of the Volvo based D3(and variants) for the foreseeable moment, are based Ford's new global platforms rather than Mazda derivatives. The 2013 Fusion platform is all new, it's even got MacStruts up front in place of the 6's SLAs.
As for the Engines/drivelines, if they are good, they're good. No reason to adopt driveline patriotism after some of the 4cyl lumps Ford designed in the 80s/90s. Plus, as we know, the SCs M5R2 was Mazda derived and I don't hear many people clamoring for it being a T5.