Can You Name Everything in the Full Ford Line-Ups From the Past Ten Years?

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Dave Davis

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It's an odd time for supporters of the Blue Oval. In an effort to maximize profitability, the company announced that, in the 2020 model year, the only passenger car Ford will produce for the North American market is the iconic Mustang, choosing instead to focus on SUV and truck sales, which have been strongest for the company in the past few years. No more Edges, Fusions or Tauruses for Ford aficionados. If it isn't a truck, SUV, cross-over or a Mustang, it's not going to be on the showroom floor. 

While this makes sense from a financial point of view, the change brings an end to many beloved models for Ford fanatics. In this quiz, we'll be taking a look back at some of the cars that the company produced over the past decade. Some will be instantly familiar while some might be long forgotten, but they all had that big blue oval badge on them. 

We'll also be looking at the trucks, SUVs and cross-overs that have seemingly won the day as we shuffle through the past. We have to believe, however, that market forces will change and some of the cars might make a comeback in the North American marketplace. After all, the only constant in the automotive business is change. 

But, hey, let's not call this a funeral — let's call it a celebration of the cars that moved America for decades! Let's have a quick Fiesta as we Focus on the cars that were created when Ford Flexed their muscles, looking for an Edge. We'll take an Expedition as we Explore Big Blue's inventory. We might even have to tame a Bronco or two along the way. Are you ready for this look back at the cars that were? Sure you are, so saddle up your Mustang, and let's ride!

This car was a strong seller for most of its life, but sales were in decline when Ford pulled the plug in 2019. Can you name it?

The Ford Taurus, introduced in the 1999 model year, was a big model for the company, selling more than 1 million vehicles in its first three years. Sales had been in decline for the past decade, however, selling just more than 28,000 units in 2018.

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Which of these cars provided the model Ford used in its NASCAR vehicles in 2006?

Replacing the Taurus body style on the track, the Ford Fusion became the template for Ford NASCAR racers in 2006, the same year it was introduced. The Mustang replaced it for the 2019 racing year.

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Which of these trucks could be considered a "Super Duty" Ford pickup?

One of the vehicles not affected by Ford's decision to restructure its inventory is the F-250 pickup, which, along with its F-350 and F-450 brothers, falls into the category of "Super Duty" pickups that have higher towing and payload capacity than the F-150.

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This truck was around for decades and then was retired. Now it's back! Which light pickup are we talking about?

While the nameplate had been used on other vehicles previously, the small but mighty Ranger first became its own line of trucks in the 1983 model year. It was retired in 2011, but thanks to the new focus on trucks (no pun intended), the Ranger is back in the lineup as of the 2019 model year.

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Which of these vehicles is getting a hybrid version?

Gas/electric hybrid technology has come a long way in the past few years, and Ford plans to put that technology to the test by developing hybrid versions of many of their vehicles, including vehicles known for power (the F-150) and speed (the Mustang). The hybrids are expected for the 2021 model year.

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Which SUV was originally a trim package used in the F-Series until it came into its own in the 1991 model year?

The Ford Explorer started as a trim level for the F-Series, but became a model of its own in 1990, replacing the Bronco II in the 1991 model year. The vehicle also replaced the Crown Victoria as the automaker's law enforcement variant when the Ford Police Interceptor Utility, based on a fifth-gen Explorer, in 2013.

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Which crossover joined the lineup in the 2009 model year, taking over for the Freestyle?

The Ford Flex was a full-size crossover SUV that could seat seven but didn't fall into the "minivan" category that many "hip" drivers wanted nothing to do with. Falling between the Explorer and Expedition, the Flex survived the culling and lives to drive another day.

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Favored by law enforcement officers for a good long while, which car dropped out of the lineup in 2012?

The Crown Victoria was a full-size sedan that was part of Ford's lineup from the 1992 to 2012 model years. The rear-wheel-drive Crown Vic, in its Police Interceptor variant, was a favorite of law enforcement officers in the U.S., Canada and Saudi Arabia for many years.

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Which of these cars came with a three-cylinder-engine option?

The Fiesta was the "little car that could" since its introduction in 1976. The sixth-generation Fiesta has as one of its engine options a 1.0-liter EcoBoost inline-three-cylinder engine, along with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four. The Fiesta was discontinued in North America in 2019.

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One of these cars was developed to be a plug-in hybrid — think you know which one it is?

The C-Max Energi was available in the 2013 to 2017 model years, offered a top speed of 85 mph, and had a total system power of 195 horsepower. In 2014, it was the fourth-most-popular plug-in car in the U.S.

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Known as an "SAV," which of these vehicles did Ford Europe start producing in 2006 and is still being made?

The S-Max, made by Ford Europe, is considered part of the "Sports Activity Vehicle" (SAV) class. The five-door vehicle, available in with several engine options, was debuted in 2006 and is still part of the automaker's European lineup.

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Which of these is a high-performance variant of the Taurus, first seen in 1988?

The Super High Output (SHO) variant of the Ford Taurus first showed up on the model in 1988 and lasted until 1999, and then returned to the 2010 model year and remained until the Taurus line was discontinued.

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Which of these vehicles became the official Ford NASCAR body, starting in 2019?

Well, for those paying attention, this was just the process of elimination. The Mustang is the only passenger car Ford intended to produce for the United States, so of course, it's going to represent the line on the NASCAR racing car circuit. Still, it's got the horses!

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One of these vehicles is mainly responsible for Ford's plan on focusing on trucks and SUVs. Can you name it?

Sales of the F-150 have been so robust over the last few years — and by years, we mean decades — that the decision to focus primarily on trucks and SUVs became more and more attractive to Ford. F-150s have been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. since 1986.

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While it's not technically listed as a minivan, which of these European models could be mistaken for one?

Developed in 1995, the Ford Galaxy has enjoyed a long production run in Europe and is still available today. It could be mistaken for a minivan, but never had the telltale sliding door. Now in its fourth generation, it is available in the Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X trim levels.

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Introduced in the 2007 model year, which of these vehicles is the counterpart to the Lincoln MKX?

The Ford Edge was introduced in the 2007 model year and is currently in its second generation. The Ford counterpart of the Lincoln MKX, the Edge is a mid-size crossover SUV that has been rated as one of the safest vehicles in the class.

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The replacement for the venerable Ford Escort, which of these vehicles was marketed around the world?

The Ford Focus was developed under the automaker's "Ford 2000" plan, where the same model of car was to be sold around the world. Replacing the Escort in the lineup, the Focus first hit the streets in the 1998 model year and, in the U.S., lasted until 2018. The fourth generation of the car is still available in Europe.

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The Fusion might have gone to the Great Dealership in the Sky, but which of these Lincoln models shares its platform?

One of Ford's oldest nameplates, the Lincoln Continental, first hit the streets in the 1939 model year. The Continental was retired in 2002 but brought back for the 2017 model year, sharing a platform with the Ford Fusion and built in Michigan alongside the Mustang.

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Which model line did Ford discontinue in 2011 in order to focus on its other, more profitable vehicles?

Ford's entry-level premium brand, Mercury, was first established in 1938 by Edsel Ford to compete with the Buick and Oldsmobile lines from GM and similar vehicles from Chrysler. To consolidate and concentrate on the Ford and Lincoln brands, Mercury was shuttered in 2011.

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Which SUV was developed jointly with Mazda and debuted its fourth generation in 2019?

The Ford Escape was developed for the 2001 model year in a joint venture with Mazda. The Mazda version was called the Tribune, and Ford named theirs the Escape. A compact crossover, the Escape hit the 2020 model year with a lighter, wider body and four trim levels.

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At once iconic and able to blend into the background, which of these vehicles hit the streets in 1960?

Ford's E-Series vans first made their appearance in 1960 and was, for the greatest part of its production run, the most popular van in the U.S. Replaced by the Ford Transit series, the E-Series was only offered in chassis cab configurations, but will be back in force in the 2021 model year.

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Which full-size SUV took the Bronco's spot in the Ford lineup in 1997?

Sharing body and components with the F-150 line, the Ford Expedition hit the showroom floor in the 1997 model year, replacing the Bronco in the lineup. The Expedition was the first full-size, four-door SUV in Ford's inventory.

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Which Ford, with an endurance racer's pedigree, came back for a second generation in 2016?

The GT, designed after the historic endurance racer the GT40, was produced from 2004 through 2006, and then made a comeback with a second-generation started in 2016. Its EcoBoost V6 produces 647 horsepower and uses many of the same components as the F-150s V6 engine.

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Ford gave this cat another life when it put it back into European production in 2019. What is it?

Based on the seventh-generation Fiesta chassis, Ford gave the Puma a new lease on life in 2019. With a 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline-three engine, the second-gen Puma makes a comeback after having been retired in 2001.

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Manufactured in several countries, which subcompact crossover SUV is one of Ford's global vehicles?

The Ford EcoSport was first made for the 2004 model year in Brazil and became a best-selling vehicle in South and Central America. For the second generation, in 2013, Ford expanded the assembly plants making the EcoSport to Romania, China, India, Thailand, Russia and Vietnam.

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Developed in 2009, which Ford engine has found its way into many of the vehicles in the automaker's lineup?

The EcoBoost engines, developed in 2009, are designed to give the driver the power and torque of a larger engine while giving them the fuel economy of a smaller-sized motor. The turbocharged, direct-injection engines also have lower greenhouse gas output.

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Related to the Focus, Escape and the C-Max, which of these vehicles was first built in Germany?

A compact SUV, the Ford Kuga started life being produced in Germany, and later went on to be produced in Spain, China, Russia and the U.S. The vehicle is currently in its third generation and includes a plug-in gas/electric hybrid version.

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In its third generation, which all-American vehicle was about to become a Mazda variant until its fans threw a fit?

The third-generation Mustang had fallen far from its heights in the 1960 — so far that Ford made plants to develop it as a variant of the Mazda MX-6. Hundreds of thousands of letters from angry fans later, the plans were scrapped, and what was to become the next Mustang instead became the Ford Probe.

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What was the Mercury counterpart to the Ford Taurus, back when all those things still existed?

The Mercury Sable was produced, with a three-year break starting in 2005, from 1986 through 2009. Classified as mid-size from 1986 through 2005 and then as a full-size from 2008 to 2009, the Sable was the Mercury counterpart of the popular Ford Taurus.

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Even though it's been dropped, the Fusion was a popular car — enough so that which Mercury car was its twin?

Both Mercury and Lincoln both had vehicles based on the Ford Fusion, with the Mercury Milan being an upscale twin of the vehicle. The Milan arrived at the end of its road in late 2010, when the entire Mercury line was dropped.

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Absent from Ford's lineup since 1996, which SUV made a comeback in the 2021 model year?

A full-size SUV built on the F-Series frame for most of its life, the Bronco was a compact SUV that saw five generations produced until it was retired in 1996. That's not where the Bronco's story ends, though; the sixth generation will hit showroom floors in the 2021 model year.

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A "mini MPV," which of these vehicles made by Ford Europe was made between 2012 and 2017?

Available in 30 countries, the B-Max was made by Ford Europe between 2012 and 2017. Based on the Ford Fiesta, the B-Max was designed to take on similar vehicles from Fiat, Citroën and Nissan in that market space, and got good reviews during its run.

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Which of these global Ford vehicles was considered a "city" car for most of its run?

Developed in 1996 and manufactured in Spain, Italy, Poland, and Brazil, the Ka has lived most of its production run as a small "city" car. For its third generation, in 2016, it was reconfigured as a subcompact. The current third generation was also introduced to India.

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Not counting convertibles, how many models of 2020 Mustangs are there?

The Mustangs for the 2020 model year offer EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium and Bullitt trim levels. Bullitt and GT levels aren't available in the convertible body style, but that's still a lot to choose from!

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The Ford Contour is long gone from North America, but it lives on around the globe under which name?

Built in Belgium, Russia and Spain, various generations of the Mondeo have been derived from both the Ford Contour and the Ford Fusion. First developed in 1993, the Mondeo is still being made and can be found in various motorsport competitions around the world.

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