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Naga Royal Guard
12-19-2004, 06:39 PM
<br><IMG SRC="http://premium.uploadit.org/ascariss/mercufree.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Ford Media<br>Here is a blirb that accompanies that image, also from Wieck Media Services:<p>The Mercury Meta One concept will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January. Meta One is a crossover concept that hints at the design future of the Mercury brand. Meta One features an experimental powertrain, advanced electronics personalization features and active safety systems. Meta One uses a unique Lane Departure Warning system to alert drivers who might be wandering out of their lane and Collision Mitigation by Braking (CMbB), which can detect an impending collision and help slow the vehicle to reduce the impact of the crash. More features will be unveiled at the 2005 NAIAS.

bolita
12-20-2004, 01:43 PM
This the Mercury version of the Freestyle, right?

SV
12-20-2004, 03:51 PM
yeah it is. i wonder how different the interior will be.

Krypton
12-20-2004, 04:55 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>SV</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">yeah it is. i wonder how different the interior will be.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>probably the same with more leather wood and chrome, so the exteriors basicly a freesytle with a mountaneir lights and taillights and some chrome

autodanse
12-22-2004, 12:39 PM
source: blueovalnews.com<p><A HREF="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v120/ava561/meta3.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/alb...3.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v120/ava561/meta2.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/alb...2.jpg</A><br><A HREF="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v120/ava561/meta1.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/alb...1.jpg</A><p>definitely looks NOTHING like the sketch, but it certainly has potential. the crisp lines almost look like an SRX.<p><br><i>Modified by autodanse at 11:49 AM 12/22/2004</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Ascariss at 6:55 PM 12/22/2004</i>

Charger
12-22-2004, 01:44 PM
Kind of weak. You can definitely tell its just a freestyle. I liked the drawing better.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Charger at 3:00 PM 12/22/2004</i>

ricerammer
12-22-2004, 02:04 PM
I see alil bit of Saab in the front end.

jro4566
12-22-2004, 05:57 PM
Yeah, it sort of looks like an SRX.

roadster2006
12-22-2004, 06:14 PM
I would suggest taking the pictures off until December 27

mb-rulz
12-23-2004, 09:05 AM
I think that the sketch represent the production model, not the concept. Just look at the door. In the sketch, they look like suicide door but not in the concept. This car is realy better than the Freestyle.

Gian86
12-27-2004, 02:06 AM
I've found this from autoweek.nl<br>This is official photos of Mercury's Meta One Concept<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/7549831.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/480/7549830.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: Autoweek.nl<p><IMG SRC="http://www.blueovalnews.com/2004/naias/meta3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: blueovalnews.com<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoindex.org/images/news/1011/norm_5_orig.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: autoindex.org<p>This concept car looks really good from Mercury, but it does look alot like American version of Ford Territory. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Gian05 at 4:34 AM 12/27/2004</i>

Gian86
12-27-2004, 05:35 AM
BTW; here's an article from autoindex.org:<p>Further on our previous news story Mercury has released the first official photos on its new Meta One Concept which will be introduced at the forthcoming Detroit Motor Show.<br>Mercury Meta One is an advanced research vehicle concept from Ford Motor Company displaying the evolution of automotive design, research and engineering with emerging safety features, personal electronics and the worlds first PZEV diesel hybrid.<p>Meta One Design<br>Mercury Meta Ones name is derived from the Greek word "meta," meaning "transcends" or "goes beyond." In the case of the Mercury Meta One concept, the name connotes the concept's personality, which transcends the expected in a passenger vehicle.<p>Meta One stretches the distinct sophistication of Mercurys design DNA by investigating horizontal themes along with the interplay between differing surface treatments. It borrows its contemporary look from the Mariner SUV and Montego sedan.<p>Mercury will build a new production crossover vehicle in 2007. Meta One explores adaptation of the Mercury design DNA to a crossover and gives a hint of what such a product could represent for the brand. <p>Advanced Safety Technologies <br>With a focus on accident prevention, Ford Motor Company is developing safety technologies that warn the driver when a vehicle wanders from its travel lane and even applies the brakes if an accident is imminent. These technologies are featured on the Mercury Meta One, Ford's most advanced scientific research concept vehicle.<p>Much of the science of automobile safety has focused on passive systems, like airbags, safety belts and vehicle structure that protect occupants during a crash. Ford is researching and applying active safety measures in production vehicles and concepts designed to help prevent or lessen the severity of many accidents. <p>Lane Departure Warning <br>Ford's Lane Departure Warning is a mechanized vision system designed to recognize lane markings and a vehicle's lateral position relative to those markings. It can provide a visual, audible and/or haptic (vibrating) warning to the driver if the vehicle departs from a distinguishable lane without activation of the appropriate turn signal.<p>In the Meta One concept, a right lane departure triggers a vibration to the right side of the drivers seat; a left lane departure spurs vibration of the left side of the drivers seat. <p>In Lane Departure Warning, vehicle position is evaluated by a camera system mounted behind the windshield that measures the lateral distance from the camera's center line to the left and right lane markings. The system works during the day or at night while headlights are in use. Naturally, the system does not warn the driver if the turn signals are used before changing lanes. The system is still under development for conditions without clear lane markings and overall system reliability. <p>Collision Mitigation by Braking (CMbB)<br>The Research and Advanced Engineering group of Ford Motor Company, in cooperation with researchers at the Volvo Safety Center, developed Collision Mitigation by Braking or CMbB system fitted to the Mercury Meta One concept to demonstrate how crash severity can be reduced.<p>Sensors are used to gauge the likelihood of an impending frontal collision. If the driver fails to react to a situation the system determines will result in a collision, the system applies the brakes. This will significantly reduce the impact speed and crash energy. If the driver reacts with full braking, CMbB provides enhanced system response that quickly initiates full ABS braking. Importantly, the system assumes the driver has ultimate authority; it will not interfere with any potential evasive maneuver the driver initiates. The system functions in high speed and low speed situations.<p>Ford's CMbB utilizes a camera and radar to sense vehicles on the road ahead and an on-board computer, which determines whether a collision is imminent based on the position, speed and direction of other vehicles. The CMbB system, based on its estimates of collision threat and driver intent, provides driver warning and enhanced brake control when needed. Depending on speed and road factors, the automatic braking can reduce vehicle speed before contact by five miles per hour or more. The radar and camera systems are under development so that the system works reliably in heavy rain, fog and other adverse driving conditions.<p>"A reduction of even a few mph in the speed of an impact can make a difference," said Priya Prasad, Ford Technical Fellow, Safety Research and Development. "The amount of energy at impact is a strong function of speed, so even a slight reduction in speed offers a significant reduction in force."<p>Meta One Integrates Personal Electronics<br>The Mercury Meta One concept showcases an electronics system that integrates the latest level of in-vehicle technologies with a factory-installed interface.<p>Chief among these technologies is "Wi-Fi," the rapidly growing wireless technology used most often by laptop computers. Meta One has a factory-installed wireless "portal" that can be used to tap into a wealth of information and entertainment services.<p>In addition, Meta One has the ability to receive streaming video entertainment from the SIRIUS satellite network. Passengers in the Meta One can instantly access a range of live video, from cartoons to feature films, through the entertainment system.<p>The Mercury Meta One concept incorporates three technologies designed specifically to address the ever-increasing pace of change in our lives.<p><br>SmartNav Knows the Roads: using next-generation technology to offer real-time traffic data and route guidance.<p>KeyDA Keeps You Comfortably on Schedule: bringing the almost unlimited personal data of a PDAfrom seat position presets to emergency contact listsin the form of the Meta Ones ignition key. <p>Reconfigurable Displays Adapt: allowing the driver to size and place instruments to suit preferences and needs.<p>PZEV-Capable Diesel Burns Renewable Fuel<br>Designed to be the worlds first Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV)-capable diesel hybrid powertrain, the Mercury Meta One concept not only provides an astounding 431 lb.-ft. of torque but also is 97 percent cleaner than the Tier I emissions standard for NOx. Meta One shows that diesels can potentially meet the strictest emissions standards when combined with modern hybrid and after-treatment technologies.<p>The Mercury Meta One concept draws its power from a twin-turbocharged V-6 diesel engine and an electric motor in the modular hybrid transmission that together produce as much torque as a large V-10 gasoline engine  with much lower fuel consumption. Combined with an advanced exhaust after-treatment system, the powertrain provides an unprecedented combination of power and purity.<p>The Mercury Meta One concepts engine is calibrated to run on a special renewable fuel that minimizes the vehicles overall production of carbon dioxide or CO2, a "greenhouse gas" that is a primary contributor to global warming.<p>In partnership with BP, Ford is exploring the performance of this biomass-sourced diesel fuel. This fuel can be blended with conventional diesel fuel to provide a corresponding reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. Since the fuel comes from biological feedstocks that absorb CO2 during their growth, the fuel is said to close the "carbon loop" because the vehicles carbon emissions are offset by the carbon-negative fuel production.<br>

AXLE
12-27-2004, 07:02 AM
HOLY **** that has a twin-turbo desiel hybrid? Why didn't anyone else think of that? 431 lb feet of torque and almost zero emissions? Wow, id take that over a measly prius! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">

toni
12-28-2004, 03:15 AM
WOW! Ford has taken a big step conserning diesel, hybrid and advanced safety.

BenFarkas
12-29-2004, 12:06 PM
I like the engine idea, a diesel hybrid would get exceptional gas mileage. But the exterior will most likely end up being a warmed over freestyle...

Flagship
12-29-2004, 04:48 PM
I bet that Toyota will supply the hybrid parts just like with the Ford Escape Hybrid.

toni
01-01-2005, 09:36 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Flagship GT</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I bet that Toyota will supply the hybrid parts just like with the Ford Escape Hybrid.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Because Mercury is also part of Ford Concern, so I think that it's evident.<br>Also they used Volvo parts related to active safety technology.

Naga Royal Guard
01-01-2005, 11:39 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Flagship GT</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I bet that Toyota will supply the hybrid parts just like with the Ford Escape Hybrid.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>according to both toyota and ford, its simply not true; ford developed systems similar to toyota's and decided to pay them royalties due to similarities in some designs and methods, there have been quite a few detroitnews articles on it in the past

Ghost_In_The_Machine
01-01-2005, 12:28 PM
From what I've read. Fords Software for thier Hybrid System may have Infringed on the Toyota Software patent. So rather then go to Court they paid a royalty.