|The last time Ford updated the Fiesta platform they chose not to build a Puma variant, so the incredibly popular little coupe was dropped from the range. However, the great news is that a new Fiesta is due in 2008, and this time the platform is expected to form the basis of a new Puma.|
|The car appeared at the 2006 Detroit motor show in concept form, and wearing Reflex badges, but many expect the name Puma to be used for the production model when it's released in 2008.|
|The Reflex concept suggests that a hybrid drive system will be available, and that will comprise diesel power driving the front wheels and electric motors at the rear. This exciting new format could possibly offer the best of all worlds in terms of handling and performance providing the electronics that control it are good enough. There have always been disadvantages of driving just the front, or the rear wheels, but driving all four traditionally leads to excess weight, and transmission losses. With the new system Ford can opt for either Electric or Diesel power according to conditions and use a combination of both to give the benefits of 4WD when required.|
|This all sounds incredibly complex, so whether we'll have to wait to see it in practice to decide whether the reality is as good as the concept, but it certainly looks interesting.|
|Drive system aside, the Reflex concept certainly suggests the new Puma will be a stunning looking sports car, and we look forward to seeing the finished article.|
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|There are some great new Fords on the way, including a revised Mondeo in 2007, followed by a new Fiesta and hopefully a Puma sports coupe in 2008.|
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|Ford's Mondeo gets a major update in 2007 and of course this is a huge event for the company. We're expecting the new car to be the new star of the Ford range, as the company can afford to take no chances with this best selling model.|
New Ford cars for 2007, 2008 and beyond
2007 Ford Focus C-MAX SUV
Meanwhile, the Fusion's bigger brother, the C-Max, will be getting a soft roader sibling, the C-Max SUV.
2007 Ford Ka
After a mild facelift in 2006, the Ka gets a complete re-working in 2008 which will probably result in it growing up slightly to differentiate it from the new smaller City Car.
2007 Ford Mondeo
One of Ford's most important models, the popular Mondeo, get's a major revision in 2007. Ford will be almost as nervous as they were when they upgraded the old Focus in 2006. However, the new car will of course use a variation of a platform already tried and tested on numerous models, including the Focus itself.
2008 Ford 'Puma'
One car from 2008 that we're very much looking forward to is the new 2008 Puma. The old version was a fantastic little car at a great price, so we're hoping for more of the same in an updated package.
2008 Ford 'sub-B' city car
Ford's City Car is going to be a late arriver on the scene. Most major manufacturers have had smaller alternatives to the Ford Ka for a number of years, and even the Peugeot / Citroen / Toyota joint venture - the 107,C1,Aygo - will be 2 years old by the time the Ford City Car arrives.
2008 Ford Bronco
The Bronco name will be resurected this year, but unlikely to be seen in the UK.
2008 Ford Fiesta
An all new Fiesta is believed to be on the way for 2008, It's going to be a busy year for Ford with various other new models coming out in 2008, including the Puma which will use the new Fiesta's platform.
2008 Ford Fiesta B-MAX
In 2008 the Fusion will be replaced by a new compact SUV in the shape of the Fiesta B-Max.