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Old 12-10-2008, 02:46 PM
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its fucking awesome!!! Man I love euro-american cars. The big three would still be leading the way if the astra(with the turbo in it) and this were here stateside
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Look at those seats

I mean... look at those seats!!
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I was looking forward to standing in line with you
Pffft...I'll let you nimrods line up for this car (yeah, it's hawt)...I'm going into the Mondeo line. Wayyy hawter.
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the seat's uber gorgeous!

god i love the car!
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That RS model looks tight as fuck. Give an SI and a GTI a run for its money...
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It looks like a mini-Aztec to me...
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It looks like a mini-Aztec to me...


And by that, I suppose all hatchbacks to you look like Azteks...?
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@ mini aztek

This car is hot, but I will be in line with Yumchah for teh Mondeo.
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@ mini aztek

This car is hot, but I will be in line with Yumchah for teh Mondeo.
Sharing a line with a Packers fan...?


I wonder if we'll be alive by the time it's our turn for the Mondeo.







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I just don't understand why some Ford models are not in the US (Mondeo, KA, euro Focus)
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I just don't understand why some Ford models are not in the US (Mondeo, KA, euro Focus)
Yep...absolutely defies logic.
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Damn, MUCH better in "Ford" blue than lime green. I'd take that over a Cobalt SS or an SRT-4 anyday of the week and twice on sundays.
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And by that, I suppose all hatchbacks to you look like Azteks...?
nope, not all, it's just the first thing i thought when i saw the picture was 'aztek'
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:49 PM
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I'm not a fan of hatchbacks myself (or what is now referred to as hatchbacks anyway). Nowadays they are just short wagons which I find I like coupe-style hatchbacks like the RSX myself....
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EcoBoost powerplant could mean +40 mpg for next-gen Focus

Itís pretty rare for an automaker to announce specific details for a concept car, which made Fordís 43 mpg claim for its Lincoln C Concept really stand out. However, that claim could be based in reality, as the C Conceptís drivetrain is expected to surface in the next-generation Ford Focus.

The Lincoln C Concept is powered by a 180 horsepower 1.6L EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is likely earmarked for use in the next-gen Focus. In tandem with the conceptís six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, Ford says the powertrain is capable of 43 mpg on the highway.

The current Ford Focus is capable of 35 mpg on the highway, meaning the new powertrain would improve the carís mileage by a hefty 23 percent, according to Automotive News.

However, donít expect the 1.6L EcoBoost to be standard equipment for the next Focus. The small but might four-pot would likely be reserved for a performance or premium model. No word if the EcoBoost option will be available from launch, but the all-new global Focus is expected to hit the U.S. market in late 2010.
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Ford-Magna Electric Focus

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ford is preparing to sell an electric car developed almost entirely by an outside supplier. While that may cut down on bragging rights - General Motors created the Chevy Volt in-house - Ford says it also cut down on costs and risk.

In other words, why invent the electric wheel when somebody else can do it for you?

Meanwhile, Ford's partner, auto supplier Magna International, is offering to do for other carmakers what it's done for Ford, and possibly more. If you're a carmaker and you want to sell an electric car, Magna says it's ready to design it and build it for you.

The electric Ford Focus, due out in early 2011, is largely the product of Canada-based auto parts and assembly supplier Magna International (MGA). Magna developed the car mostly on its own, building it inside a Ford Focus body for demonstration purposes.

Adding up the miles

Unlike the Volt, Ford's electric Focus will not be a "range extended car." In other words, it won't have an on-board gasoline-powered generator to pump out more electricity for longer drives.

The Focus will not burn gasoline and will go about 100 miles on a charge. Before hitting the road again, drivers will have to wait to recharge.

Meanwhile, the Volt will only go 40 miles before needing to burn gasoline - still farther than most people drive in a typical day, GM says - but it will have a 300 mile total range.

In August, 2008, Magna presented its electric car to Ford engineers and executives.

"We took a look at that execution and said, 'Hey, together we can really make this a proposition," said Nancy Gioia, Ford's Director of Sustainable Mobility.

Five months later, in January, 2009, Ford (F, Fortune 500) announced its intention to produce the car at the Detroit Auto Show.

Ford had been discussing electric vehicle requirements, in general, with Magna for more than two years, Gioia said, but that was the first time anyone outside of Magna had seen the car.

It was after the August meeting that Ford became seriously involved in the project, providing details and feedback to help make the car feasible for production and to make sure it was the sort of car Ford wanted to sell.

A leg up in electric driving

Magna, a wide-ranging auto industry supplier - it even has a European subsidiary, Magna Steyr, that builds vehicles for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, GM and Chrysler in an Austrian factory - has expressed interest before in designing, engineering and building an entire car.

Electric car closer to market

In this case, Magna founder and chairman Frank Stronach asked his engineers to develop an electric car that could be sold under any brand by any carmaker, said Ted Robertson, Magna's chief technical officer for the Americas.

"It's a generic system we were designing so it could be put into anybody's vehicle," Robertson said.

The Focus wasn't chosen because Magna wanted Ford as a customer, Robertson insisted. It was chosen simply because it was the right size, it was light and its design - particularly the suspension design - allowed engineers to experiment with different layouts for the car's electric drive systems.

"We needed to develop the parts not only in the computer, but we needed to build a vehicle to do a proof of concept," he said.

The car drives just like a gasoline-powered Focus, said Bill Pochiluk, an industry analyst with Automotive Compass. The electric Focus's 100-mile range will do just fine most of the time.

"This vehicles makes you wonder: why do we need the Volt?" said Pochiluk.

Ford could have developed an electric car on their own, but Magna's work allowed the carmaker to bypass a lot of expensive engineering and development work, Pochiluk said.

"This certainly leapfrogged a lot of what Ford had been thinking," he said.

Ford, in fact, would have developed some sort of an electric car on its own had Magna not come forward, Gioia said.

The electric Focus will go on sale in early 2011 and it will be based on the next-generation Ford Focus small car. By then, it should be Ford's second electric vehicle. The first will be a small electric work van that's scheduled to go on sale next year. Ford also partnered with an outside supplier, Britain's Smith Electric vehicles, to make the van.

Magna's agreement with Ford isn't exclusive. Magna plans to sell the system to other carmakers besides Ford and, said Gioia, Ford has no problem with that.

"In fact, we encourage it," she said. "We want Magna to be successful."

For Ford, the strategy is similar to the approach taken with the carmakers' popular Sync in-car entertainment system. That system, which Ford credits with boosting sales of its current Focus compact car, was developed in partnership with Microsoft and the software giant retains the right to sell it to other automakers.

If Ford had insisted on exclusive rights to use these systems, Microsoft and Magna would have had to charge much higher fees to cover their costs. That would have erased the financial benefit of having an outside company develop the systems.

In this case, Magna is even developing its own car body in case a a customer doesn't have one to use. And Magna can even produce the car in its factory, if a carmaker wants, said Robertson.

"If a car company doesn't have an electric vehicle and they want one," he said, "we'd be happy to do one for them.
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Next Gen Ford Focus




Meet the most desirable family car ever! This striking machine is about to rewrite the hatchback rulebook, with a stunning combination of head-turning looks, driver appeal and up-to-the-minute technology. Say hello to Fordís next-generation Focus.

Set to go on sale in 2010, the third generation of the family car will take the companyís brand values to the next level. It gets a dramatic new look thatís backed up by a range of hi-tech small- capacity turbocharged engines.

Ford gave the strongest hint of how its upcoming models will look when it revealed the Iosis Max at the Geneva Motor Show last month (see Issue 1,053). And itís from this car that the new Focus takes much of its styling inspiration.

The hatch gets a sleek new front end, with a large lower grille and elongated headlights. Bold lines run from the edges of the grille to the A-pillars.

At the rear, there are further nods to the Iosis MAX, with a high tail, angular C-pillars and eye-catching lights. Chunky wheelarches and short
overhangs finish the look and give the newcomer a muscular stance. According to insiders, a panoramic glass roof will also be available. Inside, expect a toned-down version of the conceptís striking cabin, with a new centre console boasting an improved version of Fordís Human Machine Interface control system. Options will include a reversing camera.

Under the skin is a fresh development of the current carís chassis, so itís unlikely the new model will grow much in size. Emphasis will be put on ride and refinement, without sacrificing the sharp steering and driver appeal for which the Focus has become famous.

New turbocharged EcoBoost engines dominate the line-up. Entry-level models will come with a 1.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit offering 89bhp or 108bhp, but most variants will get a new 1.6-litre turbo, available with 148bhp or 178bhp outputs.

These units will combine storming pace with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to give buyers the best of both worlds. There is also a new range of diesels in the shape of a 1.6 TDCi, delivering up to 128bhp, and a flagship 2.0-litre with 168bhp or 197bhp.

All engines are mated to manual boxes as standard, but Ford will also offer its Powershift twin-clutch transmission. Start-stop technology is set to be rolled out across the range, too.

We reported in Issue 1,054 that Ford bosses were debating when to launch the car. Sources have revealed that it looks as though the Focus and C-MAX compact MPV will be launched simultaneously in 2010.

The models have been developed alongside each other and could be global cars Ė ie sold in all Ford markets across the world. They would follow in the footsteps of the latest Fiesta, which goes on sale in China later this year, and in the US in 2010.

The Focus will be built at Fordís plant in Saarlouis, Germany, while the C-MAX, which is to appear as a seven-seater for the first time, will be assembled at Valencia in Spain.
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Love it ... Looks even better than the Mazda3 ... Now if we could just get an AWD Focus RS w/280hp!
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Merged...

And wow...I love it!
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That looks damn good, but aside from the headlights...it's not much different than the Fiesta.
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Ford has some info on its site about it - http://www.fordvehicles.com/2011fiesta/

They also have a site to follow some test drivers - http://www.fiestamovement.com/ and there are some Ride and Drive events coming real soon.
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*gasp* I'd drive that.
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It looks like a bigger fiesta and I like the fiesta. I think ford could do well with a hot focus here, somthing to compete with the cobalt ss.
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ford is doing it right.
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It's a fantastic design!!!
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its amazing how fast ford is getting their shit together
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its amazing how fast ford is getting their shit together
hehehe only took 30 years of steady market decline. You are right, just the later half of this decade have they decided to make drastic changes in order to stay competitive.
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Me likey! Ford has definitely come a long way with the design of their vehicles
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its amazing how fast ford is getting their shit together
They've had it together for years in Europe... this is only the next chapter for them. For the NA market, it's revolutionary...
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Post Ford Focus RS Canceled for North America...

Ugh...

From Worldcarfans...

About a month ago WCF published a story about a Ford Focus RS spotted in Michigan. This raised some hopes of Ford taking some RS stock stateside. Further fueling this speculation was an interview done by Automotive News with Ford's director of advanced product creation and global performance, Hermann Salenbauch, in which the man was quoted as saying his company was looking for feedback (about the RS) from media and the public. "How much do they like it? Is it really what they want? We are pretty confident that it is," he said.

Fast forward to now and it appears the wind has changed direction. AutoCar interviewed Jost Capito, the new head of Ford's global performance division. Capito and his team of bean counters reckon the whole exercise of homologating the RS for North American consumption would be too pricey to bear.

"We'd like to," said Capito, "but the base car isn't homologated for North America and that's too costly a job to carry out just for a niche vehicle like the RS."

Again we cannot help but wonder how it is that Ford's best-performing hatchback ever will not be sold on the Blue Oval's home soil. That's a bit like Sony selling the PlayStation console series everywhere else but in Japan.
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Sucks. Bold moves my ass.

I'm confused why they thought it would work if the base car isn't even sanctioned to be here.
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Talk about two steps forward, one step back. Good job, Ford.
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I think down the road the next gen RS will be stateside.
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I think down the road the next gen RS will be stateside.
At this point, who the hell cares. This whole idea of a Focus RS in the US is now just a fart in the wind.
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