CNN reports: No test dummies. So Ford CEO Alan Mulally goes to watch Consumer Reports kick some Ford ass as it tests Ford products (good for Mulally for doing a little hands-on observation action). Here's a bit from the article
Overall, [David]Champion said CR rates Ford's models as the best made in Detroit, but he gave lower marks for the newest one, the Edge. "It is disappointing," Champion told Mulally. "The interior fit and finish is poor, the steering woolly, and the design of the tailgate makes it very hard to lift."In other news, David Champion is our new hero. Or champion. That's a totally made up name. Come on! Champion? WTF.
By the way, we never liked the Edge's interior, either. When we got our asses in the thing in April '06 we said
The Edge will be a 2007 model. While it's true Ford has the Freestyle crossover, Ford decided to make another one, but just a bit smaller. The Edge has a lot of plusses: better power, better looks... that's it. Is it enough? We spent a lot of time in the Edge and, honestly, we liked looking at it better than being in it. Ford nailed the exterior design, but they must have run out of money when it came time to work on the interior. The interior will be (has to be) the focus of the next redesign. It's quite poor.You can read the whole post (warning: it's long and charming) here: Notes From The 2006 NY Auto Show.