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2018 Ford Focus Will Have Coupe, Hybrid and Offroad Versions
BY MIHNEA RADU
6TH FEBRUARY 2015

The battle over the compact segment is going to heat up pretty soon with the arrival of the Opel Astra K model, which we expect will be the most technologically advanced car they've ever made. Volkswagen has already discussed plans for the Golf 8's arrival, so where does that leave Ford and its Focus?

According to the Germans at Autobild, a new Focus model is being designed as we speak and will most likely arrive in 2018. It will be a global "One Ford" car and should be based on one of the new platforms expected to be shared with the Kuga and other compacts. It's one of only 8 that Ford plans to have by the end of the decade.

Another planned version is a rival for the VW Golf Alltrack and the Octavia Scout. It will be marketed under the X-Road name and might even make it to the US as a Volvo rival. Even regular Focus models will be available with all-wheel drive to rival the Golf.
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Another planned version is a rival for the VW Golf Alltrack and the Octavia Scout. It will be marketed under the X-Road name and might even make it to the US as a Volvo rival. Even regular Focus models will be available with all-wheel drive to rival the Golf.
This segment has always interested me. I know that a lot of folks don't like Subaru Outback/Audi All-Road (or now the Golf Alltrack) type vehicles. But they certainly have their fans. I wonder if this is a segment that GM should also jump into with Buick and/or Chevrolet?
 

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This segment has always interested me. I know that a lot of folks don't like Subaru Outback/Audi All-Road (or now the Golf Alltrack) type vehicles. But they certainly have their fans. I wonder if this is a segment that GM should also jump into with Buick and/or Chevrolet?
GM's already in that sector - the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer - 4wd raised suspension estate (wagon).
 

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This segment is massive right now and I don't see GM competing in any meaningful way.

There's the Focus in all of its variants and we see now that they'll expand into a soft-roader. There's the Jeep Renegade, Subaru XV, Impreza, WRX, Golf, e-Golf, GTi, Golf R/400, Mazda 3, and speed3, CX3, Audi plays here and now MB does as well.

Is the Sonic/Trax/Encore the best they can do? Let's see the Sonic platform cover all these bases and set the bar.
 

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Sigh........ GM really shat the bed with the Cruze line. I mean no hatchback, no significant powertrain updates or sport model, no coupe, no nothing.

Just a question for the GMI Audience

Do you think the coupe was axed due to the Cobalt key/ignition disaster?

I mean every article I had seen when this issue first raised was of a Silver or Red Cobalt Coupe.

I personally think they wanted the Cruze range (Well.. just Cruze I suppose) to be far far away from the Cobalt line-up and the, "Coupe" was Sacrificed in order to avoid a familial resemblance to the Cobalt and its impending doom. I really believe this was a factor.
 

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This segment is growing here in the US. GM has the cars in Europe already that are being sent here in sedan form. I cant see it taking much more to bring one over. With little risk, GM can get a foothold in a market that is growing and emerging here.
 

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Sigh........ GM really shat the bed with the Cruze line. I mean no hatchback, no significant powertrain updates or sport model, no coupe, no nothing.

Just a question for the GMI Audience

Do you think the coupe was axed due to the Cobalt key/ignition disaster?

I mean every article I had seen when this issue first raised was of a Silver or Red Cobalt Coupe.

I personally think they wanted the Cruze range (Well.. just Cruze I suppose) to be far far away from the Cobalt line-up and the, "Coupe" was Sacrificed in order to avoid a familial resemblance to the Cobalt and its impending doom. I really believe this was a factor.
I do NOT think so
to me BK era GM saw Toyota as VERY successful and "copied" there paired down line up of sedan+sedan+sedan+ H/B for very cheep buyers and even that is offered in SEDAN and IMHO figured if Toyota
can pull profits with out "distractions" like sports models or coupe's Chevy should also
 

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With this many years removed from the last production cobalt ss/tc if a SS version wasnt on the table im happy a coupe wasnt made. Either do it right or do nothing. In a few years GM should be in a good place financial wise and should have a chance to compete and excede the competition if they choose to. Thats the main thing if they choose too. Im taking my time choosing my next project once my Cobalt is sold.
 

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I just can't see why GM decided not to have a replacement for the Cobalt SS in a Cruze SS cribed from the Astra OPC/VXR. Just leaving money on the table. And Buick, come to think of it, should have had a GS variant of the Verano as well.
 

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I'd really like to see an off-road Focus. (sarcasm intended)
 

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The Cobalt Coupe was not a low volume niche and neither was the HHR. GM just got lazy and dumped both and 200,000 sales per year with it.
The Cruze should have a sedan, coupe, hatch and AWD optional with Sport varieties.
Time for GM to get off their lazy ass and start competing
No one's talking about the HHR, yes, we all know that sold well.

Post for me please, the sales figures for the Cruze.

Post for me please, the sales figures for the Focus in each of it's versions.

Bet the Cruze is ahead by a few country miles..
 

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^^^Agreed.

Shocking what conspiracy theories people can come up with. Post BK GM has only 3 things in mind. Bread & Butter product, higher ATPs, and improving brand equity. They are not ****ing around with low volume niches.
But at what point does GM let loose with something interesting? We know they're capable. Its great that they're back in the black but now they're boring like Toyota. That's not bringing new, younger buyers into the fold. They're already late to the game. And what you consider a niche, Jeep and Subaru are selling the hell out of, eating up market share of the next generation of car buyers.

Niche today... bread and butter tomorrow.
 

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Post for me please, the sales figures for the Cruze.

Post for me please, the sales figures for the Focus in each of it's versions.

Bet the Cruze is ahead by a few country miles..
To people near the end of their car-buying life.

I can't believe anybody thats witnessed the recent buzz around Ford, Subaru and Mazda would think GM is doing fine in those areas.

Sorry for the weird posts... my iPad is garbage.
 
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