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Ford Scorpio Mk III
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Ford Scorpio. 1994–8 (prod. 850,000 approx. incl. Mks I and II). 4-door saloon, 5-door estate. F/R, F/A, 1998, 2295 cm³ (I4 DOHC), 2498 cm³ diesel (I4 OHV), 2933 cm³ (V6 OHV), 2933 cm³ (V6 DOHC). Shocking facelift for Scorpio, earning it the nickname la grenouille triste. Car design was getting more individual by the mid-1990s, and Scorpio’s oval themes were a preview to the design direction being taken with other Fords, such as the Fiesta Mk IV. It was also meant to convey a sense of its successor, which at the time was rumoured to be sourced from the US (this never happened, and the Mondeo became the top Ford). While the design was not to everyone’s liking, the Scorpio (the Granada name was finally dropped in the UK) looked more in keeping outside a hotel than its predecessor, which felt more like a minicab. New engines at the lower end, modernizing range. Considered reliable and good value for money. No hatchback as conventional saloons became popular for executive cars again. Effectively replaced by similarly sized Jaguars (and, later, Volvos) within the Ford group as big, mainstream-brand saloons fell out of favour against premium brands.

Manufacturing location: Köln, Germany

Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Scorpio | Predecessor: Ford Scorpio Mk II | Successor: Ford Mondeo Mk III

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