Looking to know the history of the Escape. Is it based on a Mazda?
I beleive the 1972 model year for Mazda and Ford was the first year of the Courier. I don't think it was a fall offering except maybe on the west coast. We didn't have any here in Texas that I knew of till spring of 72. Mazda was a little primative back then. But really leap frogged into the future with the rotary engine!futameca said:Mazda and Ford go way back...how far?? :shrug:
My Dad has a 70's Ford Courier P/U. IIRC it says Mazda right there on the air cleaner.
No wonder we like the Escape so much. We've seemed to always have a Mazda of some sort in our stable. :yes:
New 3 series still using the Focus platform. Ford still builds the Tribute, and Mazda is still wanting to sell the updated version for 2010. The 626 is still built at the Automotive Alliance factory in Michigan (it also builds the newer S-197 Mustang). Ford is using Mazda design for the newer Ranger world truck.... They joined at the hip financially if not engineering wise.MichaelJD1980 said:^^ Yes, they did, but they still own about 14%. I believe I read that they will continue to collaborate on platforms and drivetrains into the foreseeable future.
Also, Ford didn't have a controlling share of Mazda until the mid 1980s, and they partnered on a number of projects before then. I think they will continue to be related, but not as closely as they have been for the past decade or so.