The Mercury Tracer is a compact car that was sold by the Mercury division of Ford Motor Company. It was based on the platform of the Mazda 323, replacing the European-derived Mercury Lynx. The 1991 and newer car is the Mercury version of the Ford Escort.
The Tracer was introduced in 1987 for the 1988 model year. All Tracer models were discontinued in 1999 along with the Escort wagon. Mercury sold 23,146. Tracers in its last model year. The final Mercury Tracer rolled off the assembly line on July 7, 1999.
Mercury had announced that the new Ford Focus-based compact Mercury would be called the Tracer. This model of the Tracer would have started production and been sold as a 2011 model. The Tracer was cancelled along with the cancellation of the Mercury brand in 2010.