Ford CD3 platform
- Note: there is also a Ford D3 platform used in Europe
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Also called||Mazda GG/GY platform|
|Predecessor||Ford CDW27 platform|
Mazda G platform
|Class||Midsize (C/D) platform|
|Related||Ford V2 platform|
The Ford CD3 platform (for "C/D-class") is a Ford global midsize car automobile platform. It was designed by Mazda in association with Ford and debuted with the Mazda 6 sedan in early 2003. Mazda refers to the CD3 platform as GG/GY. The platform is designed for either front or all-wheel drive. Ford also plans to add a Hybrid powertrain on the platform, and the 2009 minivan V2 platform will use the CD3 as its base.
This platform, developed in Japan by Mazda, is primarily for the North American market. Although there has been many vehicles on the platform, only the Mazda6/Atenza is sold widely outside North America. Ford reportedly spent just US$1,000,000,000 on development of all CD3 models, which is about what the company would have spent on each model if they were developed independently.
Vehicles currently using this platform include the following:
- 2003–present Mazda 6
- 2006–present Ford Fusion (CD338)
- 2006–present Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ (CD378)
- 2006–present Mercury Milan (CD338)
- 2007 Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV
- 2007 Ford Edge crossover SUV (U338)
- 2007 Lincoln MKX crossover SUV
Cancelled CD3 products:
The CD3 platform was redesigned for the 2009 Mazda 6 replacement.
The CD3 2 platform is expected to be phased out early next decade and give way to either the Ford EUCD platform currently used under the Ford Mondeo in Europe or more likely by the EUCD2 as Ford aligns its global product architecture. The next generation of Fusion, Edge, MKX and MKZ debuting in 2012-2013 are expected to be built on this platform.
- "Next Focus and Fusion Based on Global Platforms". Automotive News. http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070823/REG01/70823001/1116/emaildailyANE02. Retrieved on 2007.
- Alex Law. "Ford Future". Edmunds.com. http://www.edmunds.com/advice/specialreports/articles/102021/article.html. Retrieved on 2006.
- Warren Brown. "Striving for Individuality From a Basic Platform". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/29/AR2005102900439_pf.html. Retrieved on 2006.
|Current Ford platforms|
|B3 (subcompact FWD) · C1 (compact car FWD) · CD2 (compact SUV FWD/AWD)|
CD3 (mid-size car FWD/AWD) · D3 (full-size car FWD/AWD) · EUCD (mid-size car FWD/AWD)