DETROIT -- The number of Mercury nameplates will shrink, but redesigned products are finally on the horizon.
Mercury's survival had been in jeopardy until Ford Motor Co. said last year that the brand will be continued -- albeit with a tilt toward compact and mid-sized cars and a compact crossover. The Sable sedan was discontinued this year, and no replacement is planned.
Mercury nameplates will continue to be lightly reworked derivatives of Ford-brand vehicles. Here's a summary of plans for the 2010 through 2012 model years.
Compact car: Mercury will get a version of the redesigned Ford Focus; production starts in late 2010. Sales may not start until the beginning of 2011, with the car labeled a 2012 model. The Mercury model will be a four-door sedan, assembled in Wayne, Mich. The name has not been announced; the car is code-named C557.
Milan: Ford reskinned the 2010 Milan and added a hybrid model.
Like its Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ siblings, the Milan will migrate to Ford's global mid-sized, front-drive platform for the 2013 model year. The redesigned Milan will share underpinnings with the Ford Mondeo, which is sold in Europe.
Grand Marquis: The sedan is expected to die in 2011.
Mariner: The redesigned crossover is slated to go into production in late 2011. The Mariner and Ford Escape will share Ford's global fwd compact-car platform. Vehicle assembly may shift from Kansas City, Mo., to Louisville, Ky.
Mountaineer: The SUV is expected to be discontinued in 2010.