Future Wrangler Competition?

Date 1998/7/30 0:00:00 | Topic: Miscellaneous

Ford recently announced that beginning in the year 2001, they will be selling a all-new sport utility vehicle. Sources report that it will be positioned to challenge the Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, and Jeep Wrangler. According to a Reuters report:

Industry analysts said the vehicle, unnamed but code-named U204, will be built on a car platform, much like the popular CR-V by Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (7267.T) and RAV4 by Toyota Motors Corp. (7203.T).

Ford officials would only say it is an all-new platform, but analyst Joseph Phillippi of Lehman Brothers said it will be an all-wheel-drive version of Mazda Motor Corp.'s (7261.T) 626 car platform. Ford owns about one-third of Mazda, which will introduce its own version of the vehicle shortly after Ford.

The sport utility, to be sold as a Ford-badged 2001 model, will seat five and is expected to get more than 20 miles per gallon. Phillippi expects it to be priced in the low-$20,000 range to start to make it competitive with the Japanese.

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