Ford Contour
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Make: Ford
Model: Contour
Ford Contour

The Ford Contour was a North American version of the European Ford Mondeo sedan sold by the Ford Motor Company. Sales for the Ford Contour took place in North America from 1995 through 2000. The platform was also used on a Mercury version called the Mystique and the 1999 to 2002 Mercury Cougar. The reason for the name change from the Mondeo to the Contour was a result of Ford thinking people would associate Mondeo with 'Rodeo', which for some reason was seen as unthinkable. After the name change, Ford introduced the Contour to the North American market in late 1994 as a replacement for the aging Tempo. Like its predecessor, the EPA continued to classify the Contour as a compact car. The research and development behind the Contour was extremely costly. Reportedly $6 billion was invested in the development of the CDW27 platform upon which it is based. Ford felt its efforts were necessary to fill the market and size gap between the Escort and the larger Taurus. The Contour was slightly larger than the Tempo and was only available as a sedan. By contrast, the European Mondeo was also available as a hatchback and as a wagon. Initially, three trim levels were available; a base GL, a more luxurious LX and a sporty SE trim. A 125 hp, 2.0 L Zetec inline four-cylinder engine came standard on the GL and LX models, while a 170 hp 2.5 L Duratec V6 was standard on SE models and was optional on the LX model. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard on all models, with a 4-speed automatic also as an option. This was a competitively priced sedan, ranging from about $14,000 for base GL versions to just under $20,000 for an SE with all available options. Later, in April 1996, Ford produced a "Sport" model in both the 2.0 L four-cylinder and 2.5 L V6. The "Sport" model was available as an option in both SE and GL series.

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