Fiesta: The Fiesta and the Fiesta ST performance model were freshened for 2014 and are largely unchanged for 2015. Industry sources say Ford may shift Fiesta production to Thailand for its next major change in 2017.
Focus: The Focus compact gets Ford's global look including a restyled hood, grille and trunk lid with optional LED headlamps and taillamps for 2015. Under the hood, the Focus will be offered with Ford's 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission.
Focus will also be offered with some of Ford's latest driver-assist systems including a rearview camera, optional Blind Spot Information System with cross traffic alert and a lane-keeping system.
The 2015 Focus goes on sale in volume in early 2015. Ford has said the ST performance version continues in 2015 with updated suspension tuning and a redesigned center stack. Ford will continue the Focus Electric despite slow sales. The next-generation U.S. Focus, due in late 2017 as a 2018 model, will be compatible with Ford's small European diesels.
C-Max: The C-Max is largely unchanged for 2015. Ford has twice revised the vehicle's fuel economy figures downward, moves that have hurt sales. But Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, has said the company will continue investing in the C-Max. It could get a freshening in 2016 and is due for a redesign for the 2018 model year. Ford, Daimler and Renault Nissan said last year that their fuel cell partnership could result in vehicles on sale as early as 2017. The C-Max would be a likely candidate for a Ford fuel cell vehicle.
Fusion: Ford's best-selling car in the United States gets minor changes for 2015, including a Terracotta package on the SE and Titanium models. Fusion styling will be freshened in the second half of 2016 as a 2017 model. The Fusion should be in line for Ford's new nine-speed automatic transmission later in the decade.
Taurus: Ford's biggest sedan is largely unchanged for 2015. The Taurus, last freshened in 2011 for the 2012 model year, still sits on the modified Volvo D3 platform. The next-generation Taurus would be due at the end of 2015 as a 2016 model, but slow sales have made the future uncertain beyond that. Ford could discontinue the Taurus and leave a long-wheelbase sedan based on the extended CD4 platform to Lincoln.
Mustang: The 2015 Mustang is the first version of the pony car made expressly for sale outside North America. The new Mustang is lower, wider and sleeker than its predecessor. With its new independent rear suspension, the 2015 Mustang is designed to be an affordable sports car that can go up against elite competitors such as the BMW M3 and Porsche 911 on the twisty roads of Europe and elsewhere.
The sixth-generation Mustang should begin trickling into U.S. dealerships at the end of September. For the United States, the Mustang will come with a choice of three engines: a 3.7-liter V-6 that generates 300 hp and 279 pounds-feet of torque, a 5.0-liter V-8 that cranks out 435 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque, and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that makes 310 hp and 320 pounds-feet of torque. Customers can choose between a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
The Mustang has been known more for brute horsepower than high tech, but that will change with the 2015 version, which will offer such features as Blind Spot Information System with cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and Sync AppLink, which allows drivers to link smartphone apps to entertainment sites.
The Mustang will come in two body styles: fastback and convertible.
There's no official word from Ford on when high-performance versions of the latest Mustang might appear. But enthusiast magazines have published spy photos of separate Mustang prototypes called the Shelby GT500 and GT350.
The Mustang eventually will get Ford's new 10-speed automatic transmission.