NEW YORK – The Ford brand will get a cross/utility vehicle based on the Mazda6 architecture, a top Ford Motor Co. executive confirms. Lincoln already is slated to get a new Aviator CUV from the platform, replacing the current body-on-frame Aviator SUV, probably for the ’06 model year or later, says Ford Chief Operating Officer Jim Padilla. Lincoln Aviator concept. Giving the Ford brand a sister vehicle is a move the industry has expected, but which Ford officials had yet to confirm. ...

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