Ford Probe

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Ford Probe
2nd Ford Probe GT.jpg
Owerview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Production 1989–1997
Assembly Flat Rock, Michigan, U.S. (AAI)
Body and chassis
Class Economy caur
Sports coupe
Grand tourer
Layoot FF layoot
Relatit Mazda MX-6
Mazda 626
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Capri (Europe)
Ford EXP (North Americae)
Successor Ford Cougar (Europe)
Ford ZX2 (North America)

The Ford Probe wis a coupe produced bi Ford, introduced in 1989 tae replace the Ford EXP as the company's sport compact caur. The Probe wis fully based on the Mazda G-platform uisin unique sheetmetal an interior. The instrument cluster an pop-up heidlicht mechanisms ar borrowed frae the FC RX-7. While it wis sauld warldwide as a sporty coupe, the Probe wis intendit tae fill the market niche formerly occupied bi the Capri in Europe, an although it wis intendit as the replacement tae the Ford EXP, it wis an aa considered a possible replacement for the Ford Mustang in the North American market as a direct competitor wi the Acura Integra an the Toyota Celica. Durin that time, Ford's marketin team haed deemed that a front-wheel drive platform (borrowed Mazda GD and GE platforms) woud hae lawer costs for production, an an' a' acause the platform haed been gainin popularity wi the consumers. Mustang fans objectit tae the front-wheel drive configuration, Japanese ingineerin, an lack o a V8, so Ford began wirk on a new design for the Mustang instead. The decision tae stop producin the vehicle wis made in 1997 acause the Probe wis the warst-performin model o that year sellin anerlie 32,505 vehicles.