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Old 05-25-2006, 06:54 PM
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Ford Scorpio (Mk II) 1994–1998

Second generation (1994–1998)

The second generation Scorpio was made available in saloon or estate styles only, and had largely the same floorpan as its predecessor as well as all of the same engines that were in use at the end of the first generation's run. Many suspension and handling improvements were made between the first and second generations (including self-levelling rear suspension on the estates). It was also radically re-styled both inside and outside, with new design of headlights, grille and door handles. Unlike the previous generation Scorpio models, there was no five-door hatchback body style in this line-up.

In addition, the "Granada" name, which had been retained in the UK and Ireland for the MkI Scorpio (AKA MkIII Granada) was finally dropped and the "Scorpio" name – already used elsewhere – was adopted.

Inside the car were new arm-chair style seats and improved interior quality, but outside the new look was controversial. The car sported bulbous headlights and its tail lights were arranged in a thin line just above the bumper. Unusually, Ford never released the name of the designer and maintain to this day that the car outsold its expected figures (although they never released what those figures actually were).

Jeremy Clarkson wrote in The Times at the time that this car ended any argument as to which was the ugliest on the road. In Richard Porter's 2004 book Crap Cars the Scorpio Mark II was listed as number 49 (of 50) on looks alone. Quentin Willson said in a 1997 Top Gear episode that the "sad-eyed Scorpio is so heroically ugly, it was obviously designed by Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder.". On the DVD special Clarkson: Heaven and Hell, Clarkson set up a jousting contest between a Scorpio – which he described as "a wide-mouthed frog" – and a Triumph TR7, eventually destroying both cars via head-on collision.

In Germany, the satirical magazine Titanic noted the Scorpio's front's similarity to the facial features of politician Günter Verheugen, who would go on to become EU commissioner.

In 1998, it was listed as the third worst N-registered car (August 1995-July 1996) to own in United Kingdom from a Top Gear survey of 120 cars.

In early 1998 the Scorpio was facelifted, with darker headlight surrounds and a more subtle grille, to tone down the front end of the car. The rear lights were also revised to make the rear of the car less bulbous. This was to be the last development for the model, which finished production over the summer of 1998.

Whether or not the car genuinely made Ford's sales expectations, the shifting European car market at the end of the 1990s meant that it was not directly replaced. This was not unusual at the time, with the market trending towards either high-spec large family cars for executives or towards multi-purpose vehicles for families. Also, at that time Ford's owning Jaguar and Volvo made the Scorpio unnecessary.

The Dutch Royal Family used several Scorpios - some stretched ones, and all painted in Royal Blue. There is still a custom build Scorpio landaulet in the royal stables. After Ford ended the production, the Volvo S80 replaced the Ford models.

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Old 05-25-2006, 07:51 PM
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oooo never seen one of these before
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That is really quite ugly. Real nasty.
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german license plate?
is it some sort of euro spec taurus? its even uglier than a taurs...and thats saying quite a lot...

urgh...
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Old 05-26-2006, 12:51 AM
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german license plate?
is it some sort of euro spec taurus?
Ford Europe that is called Factory in cologne,germany. We get technically superior cars from there

this car is fairly comfartable, and has got very big interior space (about all i know of it, even though i have been in one several times not much special to rememer )
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Old 05-26-2006, 01:59 AM
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Anyone got pics of MK 1 maybe?
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Old 05-26-2006, 02:51 AM
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it is ugly but you can get one for about £500... A bargain considering you get a 2.7 litre engine, full leather seats, climate etc...
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Not many days ago I was driving behind one of those and I remeber thinking it was quite ugly. However it had the 2.9-litre Cosworth developped V6, which isn't bad.
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Old 05-26-2006, 03:24 AM
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Ford Scorpio MKII
my most hated of cars

so ugly from the back and just... dull. thers no imagination in the design anywhere
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The MK I was an ugly car, but the MK II is one of the ugliest cars ever!
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:36 AM
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The MkII Scorpio was Ford's attempt to ratioanlise it's design and manfacture.
Intending that in the future all the large range saloons would be built in the US plants the MkII was the first Ford US styled and designed vehicle with that future intent.

Not surprisingly most Europeans found it ugly and too big.
Ford's US design studio kept out of the future European designs after this
( and started importing Brits and Eurepeans into helping it at home )
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The estate version in the last pic is actually graceful from the right angle... but as a saloon it's very ugly.

My ideal one would be a 2.9 Cossie estate- one of the fastest ways to transport a wardrobe
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Old 05-29-2006, 05:33 PM
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Anyone got pics of MK 1 maybe?
Revo posted one in requests, didn't you see?
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Revo posted one in requests, didn't you see?
Ford Scorpio MKI
Actually I didn't Thank you
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