Ford's global platform and powertrain sharing strategy, which operates under the One Ford banner, has so far concentrated on shipping cars and technology from Europe to the United States, but in the next few years there will be a role reversal.

A new modular hybrid powertrain is being developed in the US and will eventually make it to Europe in the next Mondeo (Fusion) and C-Max. Ford is also hard at work on a new medium-large SUV, the Edge, and a new Mustang, both of which will be global cars for the first time.

Before then Ford will introduce a small Indian-built crossover, the EcoSport, to Europe, and there will be additions to its range of direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engines.

"You are starting to see the advantages of the One Ford strategy with the new hybrid system," said Joe Bakaj, the company's vice-president of powertrain engineering. "In the past we could not afford to bring it to Europe because the cars there were on different platforms to those in the US, but now it becomes possible. We're really excited by it."

It is a third-generation system with twin motors mounted in the gearbox, working in conjunction with a two litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine. Power for the hybrid system comes from lithium-ion batteries. There will be a conventional hybrid version for the Mondeo, but a plug-in system for the C-Max.

"It offers improved efficiency in every area of operation compared to the system we have now," says Bakaj. "We are looking to have CO2 emissions below 99g/km and a range of around 40 kilometres (25 miles) for the plug-in version. The combined power output is 190 horsepower."

Ford plans to reveal more about the cars it will bring from the US to Europe at the beginning of December to coincide with the introduction of the EcoSport.

"We can't say much about the Edge at this stage, but we are currently in the engineering phase," said Bakaj. "It will be based on the same platform as the new Mondeo in Europe and the Fusion in the US, whereas the current car is based on an American C/D segment platform we developed with Mazda. The Mustang for Europe will also be a next-generation car and will be engineered for both left- and right-hand drive.

"We also have a strong EcoBoost engine strategy and are continuing to invest in that area. We are working on more EcoBoost engines." Nine and 10 speed automatic transmissions are also under development to help lower fuel consumption and emissions.

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