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About time is all I can say........

Hopefully by that time, we'll be onto the next gen Saturn Astra and said Astra will have a nice 'Red Line' variant.....
 

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Took them long enough,jeez.
 

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Thank God!
Now let's get the Cobalt up to speed and we can both kill the corolla!
Amem to that!!!! Im all for the Big three working together to take down the ****. Now if we could get them to stop advirtising against eachother and focus it all on *** cars.
 

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There 12 months late reporting this. If you follow ford news closely, this has been the plan for quite some time-just ask Igor. Also, the Fusion and Mondeo will also be developed together (when the full redesign comes around) with regional preferences in mind, of course.
 

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So we have all known this coming in a couple years, but this is the first official word.

I don't blame Ford for waiting. That is smarter than talking about it for 4 or 5 years.
 

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Good the euro focus is alot better than the hideously styled piece of garbage current gen focus that we have now
 

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As has been stated, it has been reported by Igor, and others, in every single Focus bashing thread. Yet, I guess everyone was lying until this article came out. The '08 was just a stopgap, and was better than letting the car linger around, virtually unchanged, until the '10 model arrived.

This is something that GM should have done with the Cobalt. Anything would have been better than nothing at all (short of a couple of tweeks for a couple of more mpg).
 

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If they would have brought this over originally with Sync, then it would have been unstoppable.
 

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I think if Ford had planned to bring over the Euro Focus so soon the money spent to rehash the current Focus was a big waste of money. The new car is just hideous and they got rid of the most versatile model with the hatch.

I am curious as to the powertrains that will be coming over with the C2. Hopefully some of the top powertrains will make the trip as well. With more and more people embracing smaller cars I think it will open the door to more premium ST/RS variants. Or maybe I'm just dreaming.
 

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Actually the 3rd gen Focus will arrive for the 2011 model year/Fall of 2010. What interests me is what body styles we are likely to get. Obviously we will receive the 4 door and most certainly the 3 and 5dr hatches. What is up in the air is wether we North Americans will get the wagon or convertable. My guess is no, and to me that is okay. Hardtop convertables are expensive and would be better served for Ford to revive the Thunderbird for that market...I dont think Americans will pay 30,000 dollars for a focus, even a great one with a hard top convertable. As for the wagon,while I would certainly like to see it, it makes much more sense to bring the Focus C-Max (Focus X?) instead. the C-Max will debut in Europe for the 2010 or 2011 model year and should arrive in the US in for the 2011 model year like its sedan sister ships. Ford desperatly needs a car like this for several reasons:

1. Effectivly replaces the Focus Wagon
2. Offerst a small CUV that looks more car-like than the Escape
3. Fills out Ford's inexpensive end of the lineup (Fiesta, Focus, Focus C-Max)
4. Gives Ford an inexpensive product that can seat more than 5, as all others (Explorer, Flex, Expedition) will cost at least $26,000, at least $6,000 more than the C-Max (and probably more).
5. Gives Ford a competitor to the Element, Rondo, and other small, inexpensive vehicles with large interiors and decent gas mileage.

My final thought is that Mercury needs a version of the new Focus. If Ford really wants
Lincoln-Mercury dealers to thrive (and I think they do) they need a car less expensive than the Milan. Take the 3rd gen C2 Focus, Mercury-ize the sylting ala Milan and Sable, and make it a 'premium' small car to compete with the Mazda 3 and Jetta, making only loaded versions with the Focuses most powerful, non-performance engine. Also, I would call it the Mystique...which gives it a somewhat familiar name from Mercury's recent past, that starts with an M, and is a good name for a car in my book.

PS: My real final thought is that the C2 comming to America thing is not the work of Alan Mullaly. Credit Bill Ford and Mark Fields.
 

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Though I don't like small cars, that Focus is a good looking one, while a bit on the plain and ordinary side. Front end only, I don't like the rear end.

Now, can we get the Ford Verve as well?. That is like the best looking Ford in years, well, to me at least.
 

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Well, that's a good news then, because I heard people say(well, at the auto show), that it is only intended for Europe only.
 

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Great news that we knew would happen eventually. It would have been great if Ford had developed the current Euro Focus to be available in NA.

At last we will have at least two great small cars to choose from without having to even glance at the Civic or Corolla. Actually by the time the new Focus comes out, we will also have a new Cobalt too. :D
 
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