Ford Mondeo

The new Ford Mondeo – modern, progressive design

Bertrandt Cologne supports the Mondeo facelift project
Ford has given its flagshi model, the Mondeo, a facelift that includes attractive new styling, a redesigned interior, new high-performance engines and a variety of innovative comfort and driver assistance systems. Bertrandt Cologne provided a wide range of development services for the new version of the Mondeo.

Development partner with comprehensive expertise
The Bertrandt site in Cologne developed several components for the European and Asian markets as part of the Ford Mondeo facelift project. The focus was on the car body development department (exterior, interior, doors and closures) and the electronics development department.

The services provided by Bertrandt included design modelling, creating external surfaces, virtual CAD development of components and accompanying simulations, together with documentation, electrical testing and preproduction car conversions. In addition, Bertrandt engineers were responsible for the project management and supplier coordination. This is where the close partnership and cooperation with the technical departments at Ford really paid off. Another advantage was the proximity of Bertrandt Cologne to the Ford development site, which enabled the team to meet the customer’s requirements quickly and efficiently.

Product development in Bertrandt’s technical departments

Exterior/Doors and closures
The Ford kinetic Design is highlighted by the elegant styling of the front and rear of the car and, in particular, by the new lower radiator grille with a trapezoid shape, a delicately structured air inlet on the upper radiator grille and a revised bonnet profile. The new front apron with integral LED daytime running lights completes the picture. A variable cold air inlet controls the flow of air through the radiator to the engine electronically, in order to shorten the engine’s warmup period.

 

At the rear of the car, the apron, LED rear lights and boot lid have also been redesigned. Chrome side window surrounds underline the new Mondeo’s high-quality finish.

Interior
The eye-catching features of the new interior include a modified instrument panel and centre console. The satin chrome surrounds of the air vents and the new interior door panels enhance the avant-garde interior styling. The overhead console has been subtly modified and includes an integral ambient LED lighting fixture. The seat upholstery has been redesigned to match the new interior colour schemes and complement the premium appearance of the new model. New LED interior lights add the finishing touches.

Electronics
The purpose of the Mondeo’s innovative driver assistance systems is to improve safety levels for the vehicle occupants. They include a lane departure warning with driver alert system to protect drowsy drivers and a high-beam assistant which consists of a highly sensitive camera mounted on the windscreen. Additional safety features developed by the Bertrandt engineers in collaboration with systems suppliers are a blind spot assistant, speed limiter, electric child safety locks and on-glass antenna.

Project management and supplier coordination
The job of the Bertrandt project management team included managing and coordinating the system suppliers and reporting on project progress to the customer. The team was also responsible for adhering to the schedule and meeting the quality requirements in the customer’s development plan.

Summary
Around 70 Bertrandt engineers responsible for development, data management, quality management, approvals, change management and testing brought the project to a successful conclusion. It was another important milestone for Bertrandt in Cologne which covered the entire portfolio of development services. We are encouraged by the positive feedback from the customer and proud to have contributed to Ford’s European flagship model.