Mercury Monterey Minivan Axed; Ford Freestyle on the Ropes

2006 Ford Freestar

Ford will be the first major automak­er to stop pro­duc­ing tra­di­tion­al mini­vans. Pro­duc­tion of its Mer­cury Mon­terey end­ed last week; the Ford Freestyle will con­tin­ue into 2007, but its demise is also antic­i­pat­ed. The com­pa­ny will intro­duce a new “peo­ple mover” crossover mod­el com­bin­ing the best of cars and SUVs.