Mercury Montego
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Mercury
Model: Montego
Mercury Montego

The Mercury Montego is assembled in Chicago, right next to its cousins the Ford Five Hundred and the Ford Freestyle crossover. This plant was formerly used to build both the Ford Taurus and the Mercury Sable. The Montego is marketed in the United States and Mexico, however it is not sold in Canada due to the Mercury line having been discontinued there due to poor sales and a general dislike of the brand. The Mercury Montego, which may have been derived from Montego Bay in Jamaica, is a mid-size vehicle in Ford's Mercury line. The name was first used in 1967 on the Meteor Montego, which was the top trim level in the Canada-only Ford Meteor. Since the Mercury Montego went on sale in October 2004 it has sold exactly 56,411 as of February 2007. Ford CEO Alan Mulally has said that he plans on ditching the Five Hundred and the Montego names as he felt that their names were too unmemorable by its core audience. Now whether that means the models themselves will be scrapped has yet to be discussed. They may turn up as rebadged versions at another time. Further, it is said that along with a minor redesign, the 2008 Five Hundred will be renamed the Taurus, and the Montego will be renamed the Sable. The new Sable will be available Summer 2007 and is slated to feature the 3.5L V6 already available in the smaller Lincoln MKZ. Earlier though, the Montego replaced the intermediate Mercury Comet in 1968 and was replaced by an upsized Mercury Cougar for the 1977 model year. It was fundamentally a twin of the Ford Torino. The Cyclone was a high performance variant of the Montego through 1971. As it appears, the name has been through more than a few cycles and perhaps is ready for retirement.

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