Ford marketed the Granada as being like a Mercedes-Benz SLC, only cheaperbut it was really the last of the line of leaf-springed RWD sedans that stretched back to the old 60s Fairlanes. My parents had a 6-cylinder '78 Granada when I was in high school, and it was so sluggish as to be dangerous; freeway onramps were to be avoided whenever possible.
The Mustang guys grab the disc-brake setup off these cars the moment they hit the junkyard; Granada brakes are a bolt-on for drum-brake Mustangs and Cougars. This 2-door example is still in pretty good shape; it parks on the same block as a house with four long-dead Pintos in the driveway, so the whole neighborhood has a Malaise Ford air.
A buddy of mine in high school circa drove his grandmother's Granada for a while. It was a 4-door, white with red interior. I Ford Granada (Estilo Ranchera) - Víctor Reyes - Lisboa (CD recall what model year. I remember thinking it was the most boring, featureless car I'd ever seen.
Entirely devoid of any character whatsoever. Like if you tell a 5-year-old to draw a car, this is what they'd draw. Ford subcontracted assembly to Hyundai Motor Company in South Korea for sales in that market, where it continued to be sold from October to when it gave way to the Hyundai Grandeur instead of smaller European Fords like the Sierra and Escort. Production ended in Decemberafter 4, had been built. The car originally received a 2. Chung Mong-pil, the eldest son of Hyundai's founder Chung Ju-yung, died in a car accident in a Granada.
Additionally, hearses were offered by outside conversion companies, as well as a series of four-door limousines built by Coleman Milne. These included the slightly stretched "Minster" 15 Album), and the 68 cm longer "Dorchester" and better equipped "Grosvenor". As of autumn the Dorchester was also available in an estate version with elongated rear doors, Ford Granada (Estilo Ranchera) - Víctor Reyes - Lisboa (CD, called the "Windsor".
In April the third-generation car arrived, which was essentially a rebadged Ford Scorpio, the Granada name being used in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland only, with the Scorpio badge which covered the whole range in Continental Europe being reserved for the top-range versions. The Mark III Granada was the first European volume production model to have anti-lock brakes fitted as standard across the range.
The Cologne V6 engines were carried over from the previous range in short-lived and not much more powerful than the 2 L Pinto 2. In A new range-topping vehicle was introduced, the Scorpio valve. It featured a 2. According to Ford this gave a mph time of 8. This version of the Granada continued the "Ford family" styling concept from the previous versions; this time the car superficially resembled a larger version of the Cortina's successor, the Ford Sierra.
The Scorpio shared its platform doors and roof with the Mk III Granada and these elements of the cars design were unremarkable. The styling of the nose and tail sections suffered from the application of Album) Ford Ovoid design school being used across the Ford range in the s.
A redesign did nothing to save it from being axed the same year with total European sales only 95, units. Ford Europe had traditionally achieved success with the policy of minimal investment in an old model to launch an exciting, faster and better equipped new model. With the Scorpio and the Escort Ford seemed to get the investment balance wrong, which when allied to the unpopular styling caused their long term exit from this market segment in Europe.
High end Ford ownership in Europe meant being able to afford performance Album) equipment levels which were otherwise the preserve of premium brand vehicles at a far higher price. With the Scorpio Ford seemed to neglect this concept. Evidence of this can be seen when comparing the specification of a Ford Granada 2. It should be acknowledged that most volume manufactures have, in common with Ford, failed to maintain a position in the executive car sector in Europe.
One cause of this is the increasing accessibility of premium brands such as BMW and Mercedes. As consumers become more aspirational it may be seen as more desirable to have even a lesser equipped luxury car than a well equipped volume car.
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