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Mercury Milan
Mercury-Milan-Premier.JPG
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production (CO2) August 1, 2005[1]–2010
Model years 2006–2011
Assembly Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Predecessor Mercury Sable (mid-size)
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Platform Ford CD3 platform
Engine 2.3 L Duratec 23 I4
2.5 L Duratec 25 I4
3.0 L Duratec 30 V6
Transmission 5-speed Mazda G5M manual
6-speed Mazda G6M manual
5-speed Mazda FNR5 automatic
6-speed Aisin TF-80 automatic
6-speed Ford 6F35 automatic
Aisin CVT
Wheelbase 107.4 in (2,728 mm)
Length 191.4 in (4,862 mm) (2006–2009)
189.0 in (4,801 mm) (2010)
Width 72.2 in (1,834 mm)
Height 2006: 55.8 in (1,417 mm)
2007–2010: 57.2 in (1,453 mm)
Hybrid: 56.9 in (1,445 mm)
Related Ford Edge
Ford Fusion
Lincoln MKX
Lincoln MKZ
Mazda6
Mazda CX-9

The Mercury Milan is a mid-size sedan based on the Mazda designed Ford CD3 platform built by Ford Motor Company and distributed by the Lincoln-Mercury division. It is a twin of the Ford Fusion, while being slotted below the luxury-spec Lincoln MKZ (formerly Zephyr) sedan. The Milan was first shown at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, and was sold in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Mexico, and the Middle East. With Ford eliminating the Mercury division, production of the Milan ended December 17, 2010.[2][verification needed]

The Milan differs from the Fusion by featuring unique front and rear fascia designs, LED taillight clusters, projector head lamps and fog lamps, and an upgraded interior. The Milan filled the lineup gap following the discontinuation of both the Mercury Mystique in 2000 and the Mercury Sable in 2005, becoming the entry-level Mercury sedan. The Milan is available in six packaged variants: I4, V6, I4 Premier, V6 Premier, V6 AWD, and Premier AWD. As of 2008, only the I4 and I4 Premier are offered in the Middle East. In the 2007 model, the "MILAN" badging was added at the doors.

The Milan four cylinder comes standard with a five-speed manual, and is available with optional five-speed automatic, while V6 Milans come equipped only with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive (AWD) was added as an available option for the 2007 model year, but only for the V6 equipped vehicles. Additionally, a DVD navigation system has been added to the option list while a console-mounted MP3 auxiliary jack was added as a standard feature in all 2007 Milans built as "Job 2" cars (the MP3 jack is not present in 2007 Job 1 cars). Job 2 cars also enjoy a boost in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) safety rating by having had certain interior panels replaced with those of different materials, thus increasing the safety rating for side impact protection.

2010 revisionEdit

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File:2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid -- 07-10-2010.jpg
File:2010 silver Mercury Milan Hybrid front.JPG
File:2010 silver Mercury Milan Hybrid rear.JPG
The 2010 Mercury Milan debuted at the 2008 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show alongside the 2010 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. It received significant cosmetic updates, with new front and rear fascias, revised wheel designs, and a redesigned dashboard. A DVD entertainment system was added to the Hybrid models. Engine options consist of the Duratec 25 four cylinder and Duratec 30 V6. A hybrid version is also offered, with an Atkinson cycle variant of the Duratec 25 gasoline engine paired with a 106 horsepower AC synchronous electric motor and continuously variable transmission.

The Mercury Milan Hybrid was launched to the U.S. market in March 2009 as a 2010 model, together with its twin the Ford Fusion Hybrid.[3] Ford set a modest sales target of about 25,000 vehicles a year for the Fusion and Milan hybrids.[4] U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings for the Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion hybrid versions are 41 miles per US gallon (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg-imp) for city and 36 miles per US gallon (6.5 L/100 km; 43 mpg-imp) for highway.[4][5] When driving on electric-only mode (EV mode) the Fusion can achieve 47 mph[6] and up to 2 miles of continuous EV driving.[7] In city driving a full tank delivers 700 miles (1,126.5 km).[4][5][6][7][8]

All non-hybrid 2010 Milans are equipped with 6-speed transmissions; as with the 2006-2009 versions, the manual gearbox is only available with the four cylinder engine. V6 models gain a "SelectShift" feature that allows drivers to select and hold individual gears.

The Milan ended production during the fourth quarter 2010 along with the rest of the Mercury brand.

The average age of a Mercury Milan driver is 58.

SafetyEdit

Tests on the 2010 Mercury Milan were conducted by NCAP (New Car Assessment Program).[7]

Test's Rating
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Powertrain configurationsEdit

Years Engine Power Torque Transmission Fuel consumption
City/Hwy
2006–2009 2.3 L Duratec I4 160 hp (119 kW) @ 6250 rpm || rowspan=2|156 lb·ft (212 N·m) @ 4250 rpm ||5-speed G5M manual ||20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp)
29 mpg-US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg-imp)
5-speed FNR5 automatic 20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp)
28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp)
2010–2011 2.5 L Duratec I4 175 hp (130 kW) @ 6000 rpm || rowspan=2|172 lb·ft (233 N·m) @ 4500 rpm ||6-speed G6M manual ||22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp)
31 mpg-US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg-imp)
6-speed 6F35 automatic 23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp)
34 mpg-US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg-imp) (16" wheels);
22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp)
31 mpg-US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg-imp) (17" wheels)
2010–2011 2.5 L Duratec I4 Atkinson Cycle (Hybrid) 156 hp (116 kW) @ 6000 rpm || 136 lb·ft (184 N·m) @ 2250 rpm ||Continuously variable transmission ||41 mpg-US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg-imp)
36 mpg-US (6.5 L/100 km; 43 mpg-imp)
2006–2009 3.0 L Duratec V6
FWD
221 hp (165 kW) @ 6250 rpm ||rowspan=2| 205 lb·ft (278 N·m) @ 4800 rpm ||rowspan=2|6-speed TF-80 automatic ||18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg-imp)
26 mpg-US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg-imp)
3.0 L Duratec V6
AWD
17 mpg-US (14 L/100 km; 20 mpg-imp)
25 mpg-US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp)
2010–2011 3.0 L Duratec V6
FWD
240 hp (179 kW) @ 6550 rpm (165 kW) ||rowspan=2| 223 lb·ft (302 N·m) @ 4300 rpm ||rowspan=2|6-speed 6F35 automatic ||18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg-imp)
27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp)
3.0 L Duratec V6
AWD
18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg-imp)
25 mpg-US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp)

Awards and recognitionsEdit

  • In November 2006 Consumer Reports ranked the Milan among the most reliable family cars available in the U.S.[9]
  • Mercury Milan won Auto Pacific's 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Award for midsize cars.[citation needed]
  • First six speed automatic transmission in the medium car class.
  • 2007 Consumer Guide Recommended Mid-size Car
  • 2007 J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Winner, Midsize Car Category[10]
  • 2007 Second Quarter U.S. Global Quality Research System study, 2nd place[11]
  • 2008 & 2009 lowest TGW ("things gone wrong") in midsize car category (analysis by RDA Group)[12]

SalesEdit

Calendar Year American sales
2005[13] 5,321
2006[14] 35,853
2007 37,244
2008[15] 31,393
2009[16] 27,403
2010[17] 28,912

ReferencesEdit

  1. Binder, Alan K, ed (2006). Ward's Automotive Yearbook 2006. Ward's Communications, Inc. p. 102. 
  2. [1] El Financiero (November 18, 2010)
  3. US Hybrid Sales in March 2009 Down 44% Year-on-Year; Monthly New Vehicle Market Share of 2.5%. Green Car Congress (2009-04-03). Retrieved on 2009-06-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Bill Vlasic (2008-12-30). "Ford Hybrid Emphasizes High Mileage". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/31/business/31ford.html?scp=2&sq=Prius%20Fusion%20Hybrid&st=cse. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ted West. "2010 Ford Fusion 4dr Sdn S FWD". New York Times. http://autos.nytimes.com/2010/Ford/Fusion/245/10005/308905/NCTD/researchReviews.aspx. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 2010 Ford Fusion (PDF). Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original on 2009-04-19. Retrieved on 2009-06-06. See specs for the hybrid model
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Ford Fusion Hybrid". Hybrid Cars. http://www.hybridcars.com/vehicle/ford-fusion-hybrid.html. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  8. Fusion Especifications. Ford Motor Company. Retrieved on 2009-06-06. See boxes "Gas Engine Specifications (Hybrid Model)" and "Electric Motor Specifications (Hybrid Model)"
  9. "Most reliable cars". CNN.com Autos (Cable News Network). November 10, 2006. http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/11/08/cr_most_reliable/index.html. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  10. Ford Motor Company Captures Most Awards in 2007 Initial Quality Study. J.D. Power and Associates (June 6, 2007). Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved on 2009-10-03.
  11. Ford vehicles continue driving quality gains. Media-Ford.com (July 19, 2007). Retrieved on 2009-10-03.
  12. New study shows Ford's quality continues to climb. Media.Ford.com (April 7, 2008). Retrieved on 2009-10-03.
  13. Ford Achieves First Car Sales Increase Since 1999. Theautochannel.com (2004-11-17). Retrieved on 2009-04-28.
  14. Ford Motor Company 2007 sales (January 3, 2008).
  15. F-Series drives ford to higher market share for third consecutive month (PDF). Ford Motor Company (January 5, 2009). Archived from the original on 2009-02-06. Retrieved on 2009-05-14.
  16. FORD CAPS 2009 WITH 33 PERCENT SALES INCREASE, FIRST FULL-YEAR MARKET SHARE GAIN SINCE 1995 | Ford Motor Company Newsroom. Media.ford.com (2010-01-05). Retrieved on 2010-09-30.
  17. http://web.archive.org/web/20110124044733/http://media.ford.com/images/10031/Dec10sales.pdf

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