Ford D3 platform

The Ford D3 platform (for "D-class" and called P2 by Volvo) is a Ford global full-size car automobile platform. It was designed by Volvo before the Ford purchase [http://www.volvo.com/vce/History/Application/HistoryContent.aspx?decade=1990&year=1998&article=0&history=/Channels/group/global/en-gb/Volvo%20Group/history/ourhistory/] and debuted with the Volvo S80 sedan in early 1999. The platform is designed for either front- or all wheel drive with an extended wheelbase option.

Overview

Ford's D3 platform is slightly different from Volvo's original P2. For example, D3 features steel suspension arms, rather than aluminum, and other material cost-saving measures. Ford's current D3 vehicles are built at the Chicago Assembly plant in Chicago, Illinois.

Past vehicles to use this platform include the following:
* 2005–2007 Ford Five Hundred sedan ("D258")
* 2005–2007 Ford Freestyle Crossover SUV ("D219")
* 2005–2007 Mercury Montego sedan ("D333")
* 1999–2006 Volvo S80 ("P23")
* 2001–2007 Volvo V70 ("P26E")
* 2002–2007 Volvo XC70 ("P26L")

Vehicles currently using this platform include the following:
* 2001-2008 Volvo S60 ("P24")
* 2003– Volvo XC90 ("P28")
* 2008- Ford Taurus sedan ("D258")
* 2008- Ford Taurus X crossover SUV ("D219")
* 2008- Mercury Sable sedan ("D333")
* 2009- Lincoln MKS sedan ("D385")

D4

D4 is a revision of D3 created to underpin the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers.

Current D4 vehicles:
* 2009- Ford Flex crossover SUV - ("D471")

Confirmed future vehicles using this platform include the following:
* Lincoln MKT crossover SUV - ("D472")

D4 based concepts:
*Explorer America crossover SUV


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