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The Mercury Milan is a midsize car that was marketed by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company. Named after Milan, an Italian city, the Milan was sold across the 2006 to 2011 model years across a single generation. The smaller of two model lines developed to replace the Mercury Sable, indirectly succeeding the Mercury Mystique as the smallest Mercury sedan.

Mercury Milan
Mercury-Milan-Premier.JPG
2006 Mercury Milan Premier
Overview
ManufacturerMercury (Ford)
ProductionAugust 1, 2005[1]–December 17, 2010
Model years2006–2011
AssemblyMexico: Hermosillo, Sonora (Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutFF layout
All-wheel drive
PlatformFord CD3 platform
RelatedFord Fusion
Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ
Mazda6
Powertrain
Engine2.3 L Duratec 23 I4
2.5 L Duratec 25 I4
3.0 L Duratec 30 V6
Transmission5-speed Mazda G5M manual
6-speed Mazda G6M manual
5-speed Mazda FNR5 automatic
6-speed Aisin TF-80 automatic
6-speed Ford 6F35 automatic
Aisin CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase107.4 in (2,728 mm)
Length191.4 in (4,862 mm) (2006–2009)
189.0 in (4,801 mm) (2010)
Width72.2 in (1,834 mm)
Height2006: 55.8 in (1,417 mm)
2007–2010: 57.2 in (1,453 mm)
Hybrid: 56.9 in (1,445 mm)
Chronology
PredecessorMercury Mystique (compact)
Mercury Sable (mid-size)

Unveiled at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, the Milan was the first new Mercury sedan nameplate introduced since 1995 and would become the final nameplate introduced by the division. Coinciding with the 2010 closure of Mercury, the Milan ended sales after a shortened 2011 model year; the final vehicle was produced on December 17, 2010.[2] The Milan was sold in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Mexico, and the Middle East.

Throughout its production, the Milan was produced alongside the Ford Fusion at Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

Model overviewEdit

As the entry-level Mercury sedan, the Milan was slotted below the full-size Mercury Montego and Mercury Grand Marquis. The Mercury counterpart of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ (introduced as the Lincoln Zephyr), the Milan was developed as the smaller of two sedans intended to replace the Sable (the larger being the Montego). In contrast to the Sable, the Milan was produced solely as a four-door sedan, marking the first time since 1940 that Mercury did not offer a station wagon.

ChassisEdit

The Mercury Milan was built upon the Ford CD3 platform; a variant of the Mazda GG platform, it is used by the first-generations of the Ford Fusion, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. Using a steel unibody chassis, the CD3 platform is equipped with front-wheel drive as standard. In 2007, all-wheel drive became an option for versions with V6 engines. In front, the chassis uses a short-long arm (SLA) double wishbone front suspension and an independent multi-link twist blade rear suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars.

PowertrainEdit

During its production, the Mercury Milan shared its powertrain with the Ford Fusion. From 2006 to 2009, a 160hp 2.3L inline-4 was standard, replaced by a 175hp 2.5L inline-4 for 2010. A 221hp 3.0L V6 was optional, with output increased to 240hp in 2010. The Milan did not receive a counterpart of the Ford Fusion Sport, powered by a 3.5L V6.

The four-cylinder engine was equipped with a five-speed manual transmission as standard (the first manual-transmission Mercury sedan since the 2000 Mystique), with a five-speed automatic as an option. Through its entire production, the V6 was offered solely with a 6-speed automatic transmission (shared with the Fusion and Montego). For 2010, the four-cylinder engines were updated with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions; the 6-speed automatic on V6 engines was equipped for manually-controlled shifting ("Select Shift").

Engine Years Power Torque Transmission Fuel consumption
City/Hwy
2.3 L Duratec I4 2006–2009 160 hp (119 kW) @ 6250 rpm 156 lb⋅ft (212 N⋅m) @ 4250 rpm 5-speed G5M manual 20 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg‑imp)
29 mpg‑US (8.1 L/100 km; 35 mpg‑imp)
5-speed FNR5 automatic 20 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg‑imp)
28 mpg‑US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg‑imp)
2.5 L Duratec I4 2010–2011 175 hp (130 kW) @ 6000 rpm 172 lb⋅ft (233 N⋅m) @ 4500 rpm 6-speed G6M manual 22 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg‑imp)
31 mpg‑US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg‑imp)
6-speed 6F35 automatic 23 mpg‑US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp)
34 mpg‑US (6.9 L/100 km; 41 mpg‑imp) (16" wheels);
22 mpg‑US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg‑imp)
31 mpg‑US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg‑imp) (17" wheels)
2.5 L Duratec I4 Atkinson Cycle (Hybrid) 2010–2011 156 hp (116 kW) @ 6000 rpm 136 lb⋅ft (184 N⋅m) @ 2250 rpm Aisin CVT 41 mpg‑US (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg‑imp)
36 mpg‑US (6.5 L/100 km; 43 mpg‑imp)
3.0 L Duratec V6
FWD
2006–2009 221 hp (165 kW) @ 6250 rpm 205 lb⋅ft (278 N⋅m) @ 4800 rpm 6-speed TF-80 automatic 18 mpg‑US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg‑imp)
26 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg‑imp)
3.0 L Duratec V6
AWD
17 mpg‑US (14 L/100 km; 20 mpg‑imp)
25 mpg‑US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg‑imp)
3.0 L Duratec V6
FWD
2010–2011 240 hp (179 kW) @ 6550 rpm (165 kW) 223 lb⋅ft (302 N⋅m) @ 4300 rpm 6-speed 6F35 automatic 18 mpg‑US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg‑imp)
27 mpg‑US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg‑imp)
3.0 L Duratec V6
AWD
18 mpg‑US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg‑imp)
25 mpg‑US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg‑imp)

BodyEdit

As with the larger Montego and Grand Marquis, the Mercury Milan shares a common roofline with its Ford counterpart. To distinguish the Milan from the Fusion, the model line was fitted with model-specific front and rear fascias. Along with a waterfall-style grille (derived from the Monterey and Montego), the Milan was fitted with projector headlamps, LED taillamps (extending into the trunklid), and a bumper-mounted license plate (trunklid-mounted on the Fusion). Dependent on trim level, the Milan was fitted with imitation matte-silver trim or imitation wood trim (similar to the Montego).

For 2007, the Milan underwent several minor revisions. Externally, Mercury added "MILAN" badging to the front doors. During the model year, a revision of interior panels led to an improvement in side-impact protection (along with an improvement in safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). As an option, a DVD-based navigation system became an option along with a console-mounted MP3 auxiliary jack (as a running change).

Unveiled at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Milan underwent a major mid-cycle update for the 2010 model year (alongside the Fusion and MKZ). While the rear fascia saw only a minor revision to the taillamps, major revisions were made to the front fascia, including an enlarged grille, and reshaped headlamps and front bumper. The interior underwent a revision, including a redesigned dashboard. While not the first hybrid offered by Mercury, the 2010 Milan Hybrid marked the first Mercury hybrid offered as a sedan.

TrimEdit

During its production, the Mercury Milan was sold in six different trim levels, dependent on drivetrain configuration selected by the owner. The base trim levels were I4 and V6, with the top trim (in line with the Montego and Mercury SUVs), I4 Premier and V6 Premier; V6 AWD or V6 Premier AWD.

For 2009, a VOGA special-edition option package was introduced, which included model-specific white leather seats and exclusive chrome wheels.

SafetyEdit

Tests on the 2010 Mercury Milan were conducted by NCAP (New Car Assessment Program).[3]

Test's Rating
Frontal Driver Rating      
Side Drive Rating      
Side Rear Passenger Rating      
Side Rear Passenger Rating      
Rollover 2 Wheel Drive Rating      
Rollover 4 Wheel Drive Rating      

Mercury Milan HybridEdit

 
2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid

In March 2009, the 2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid was introduced with the Ford Fusion Hybrid to the US market.[4] The powertrain consists of a 156hp Atkinson-cycle variant of the Duratec 25 gasoline engine, 106-horsepower AC synchronous electric motor, and a Aisin-produced continuously variable transmission. When driving on electric-only mode (EV mode) the Fusion can achieve 47 mph[5] and up to 2 miles of continuous EV driving.[3] In city driving a full tank of fuel delivers 700 miles (1,126.5 km).[6][7][5][3][8] U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings for the Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion hybrid versions are 41 miles per US gallon (5.7 L/100 km; 49 mpg‑imp) for city and 36 miles per US gallon (6.5 L/100 km; 43 mpg‑imp) for highway.[6][7]

Ford set a modest sales target of about 25,000 vehicles a year for the Fusion and Milan hybrids.[6] In total, 2,884 Mercury Milan Hybrids were sold.

SalesEdit

Calendar Year American sales
2005[9] 5,321
2006[10] 35,853
2007 37,244
2008[11] 31,393
2009[12] 27,403
2010[13] 28,912

AwardsEdit

  • In November 2006 Consumer Reports ranked the Milan among the most reliable family cars available in the U.S.[14]
  • Mercury Milan won Auto Pacific's 2006 Vehicle Satisfaction Award for midsize cars.[citation needed]
  • First six speed automatic transmission in the medium car class.
  • 2007 Consumer Guide Recommended Mid-size Car
  • 2007 J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Winner, Midsize Car Category[15]
  • 2007 Second Quarter U.S. Global Quality Research System study, 2nd place[16]
  • 2008 & 2009 lowest TGW ("things gone wrong") in midsize car category (analysis by RDA Group)[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Binder, Alan K, ed. (2006). Ward's Automotive Yearbook 2006. Ward's Communications, Inc. p. 102.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2010-11-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) El Financiero (November 18, 2010)
  3. ^ a b c "Ford Fusion Hybrid". Hybrid Cars. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  4. ^ "US Hybrid Sales in March 2009 Down 44% Year-on-Year; Monthly New Vehicle Market Share of 2.5%". Green Car Congress. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  5. ^ a b "2010 Ford Fusion" (PDF). Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2009-06-06. See specs for the hybrid model
  6. ^ a b c Bill Vlasic (2008-12-30). "Ford Hybrid Emphasizes High Mileage". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  7. ^ a b Ted West. "2010 Ford Fusion 4dr Sdn S FWD". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  8. ^ "Fusion Especifications". Ford Motor Company. Archived from the original on 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-06-06. See boxes "Gas Engine Specifications (Hybrid Model)" and "Electric Motor Specifications (Hybrid Model)"
  9. ^ "Ford Achieves First Car Sales Increase Since 1999". Theautochannel.com. 2004-11-17. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  10. ^ "Ford Motor Company 2007 sales". January 3, 2008. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009.
  11. ^ "F-Series drives ford to higher market share for third consecutive month" (PDF). Ford Motor Company. January 5, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  12. ^ "FORD CAPS 2009 WITH 33 PERCENT SALES INCREASE, FIRST FULL-YEAR MARKET SHARE GAIN SINCE 1995 | Ford Motor Company Newsroom". Media.ford.com. 2010-01-05. Archived from the original on 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2014-04-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Most reliable cars". CNN.com Autos. Cable News Network. November 10, 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  15. ^ "Ford Motor Company Captures Most Awards in 2007 Initial Quality Study". J.D. Power and Associates. June 6, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  16. ^ "Ford vehicles continue driving quality gains". Media-Ford.com. July 19, 2007. Archived from the original on May 5, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  17. ^ "New study shows Ford's quality continues to climb". Media.Ford.com. April 7, 2008. Archived from the original on June 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-03.

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