The Ford Thunderbird Can fly again
The matter has been known from the relevant sources Ford authorities The famous nameplate is being considered for a comeback.
At this point, it will be an indirect rival to the Chevrolet Corvette, albeit without a mid-engine configuration.
With the end of the GT, Thunderbird will theoretically serve as a new Hello model for the brand.
Ford has already filed a trademark for the Thunderbird name in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year, and the company says it is open to reviving more famous nameplates from its past.
It has already dusted off Puma, Bronco and Maverick nameplates in the last few years.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
While the Corvette still offers a good old-fashioned, naturally ambitious V8, Chevrolet is preparing to launch electrified and fully electric versions of its sports car.
Ford authorities The Blue Oval brand was spied on to benchmark a C8 Corvette Stinger, initially thought to be setting the standard against the Shelby GT500.
Interestingly, the report does not mention the name of another SUV being dusted off, a fate that befell the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the upcoming Opel Manta, and Ford’s own Puma.
The revival of a famous coupe / convertible is also in North America with the exception of the Mustang, its passenger car line-up, contrary to Ford’s decision.
In the past five years, Ford has removed Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Taurus from North America, although there are rumors that Fusion is returning as a crossover, and the name Taurus survives as a revised Chinese mandio for the Middle East.
The first Thunderbird was conceived as a response to the first Corvette, which arrived two years later and had a convertible body with two seats. It ultimately outselling Chevy.
But while the Corvette has followed the same basic idea for decades – a two-door sports coupe or convertible – Thunderbird is quickly moving away from its Chevy rival.
It acquired a second row seat and a coupe body style option with a 1958 redesign and turned it into a personal luxury car.
The convertible died in 1967 with the fifth generation model, which gave an unpleasant four-door hardtop sedan body style with suicidal doors.
Since 1972, Thunderbird has been offered exclusively as a two-door coupe.
Seeing the redesign of 1977 reduced its base price and increased its sales, when it shrunk considerably with the unpopular 1980s model and in 1983 was one of the first Ford models to feature the language of the brand new aerodynamic design.
The 1989 ‘MN-12’ redesign was benchmarked against the BMW 6 Series and garnered critical acclaim, but due to market changes from the coupe to the SUV, it closed in 1997 with Mercury Cougar Partners.
Ford revived the Thunderbird as a convertible in 2002, tapping the demand for retro styling with an exterior design that is reminiscent of the first 1955 model. But although it has shared its platform with capable Jaguar S-Type and Lincoln LS, initial demand faded and it retired in 2005.