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This link at autosavant says that the plan is to sell the 1st generation Focus will still sell in the US but the 2nd generation which is sold in Europe will as well until the 3rd generation comes out. Then it will just go down to one model. The 3rd generation will have more variations with it.

http://www.autosavant.net/2008/06/ford-will-retool-us-factories-for.html
 

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If I were Allen, I would sell the Gen 1 as The Escort and the Gen 2 as the Focus.

THEN, when Gen 3 comes out I would move Gen 2 down to the "Escort" slot and sell Gen 3 as the Focus.

My logic? All the R and D and tooling would already be paid for. Sell them for cheap. Money maker..... Imagine the Gen 1 made in Mexico with about 5 grand knocked off and only the smaller cheaper engines available..... OOORRRRRR sell it as a Fleet car.
 

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This would probably get more attention in the Competition section, don't you think???

Frankly, I think this is huge. If Ford call pull this one off, damn !!!! While I respect Mulally already, to be able to get Fords ass moving quickly could really be something to watch.
 

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VW does a similar thing up here in Canada.

VW sells 2 models of Jetta. They sell the new Jetta as such but also still make and sell the previous version as a discounted City Jetta.

The do the same with the Golf/Rabbit. The new model is sold as the Rabbit and the previous version is still made and sold as the City Golf.
 

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It would be a genius plan, I think, because it would avoid the whole "american cars are cheap" perception while still making a product the volume market can afford.
 

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I thought the current Focus sold in the US is the Second Generation. Wasn't the '02-'07 Focus the First Generation of the car?? Am I missing something here?
 

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^ I think they meaned first gen since the US focus is still riding on the old platform vs the Eurofocus that its riding on C2
 

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^ the euroFocus is STILL C1, 1931Chevy
^^ Oldskls10, tho "generation" can be confusing, think the global-C170 that's still built here is gen1, euro/ROTW-C1 is gen2, and next-global-C2 will be gen3
tho I've seen other gen-numbers that count MCE/facelifts...
just for the U.S., we could count 2000-2005 as "1", 2005-2008 as "2", and 2008-on as "3"; but they're all the same C170 platform
so maybe 1a, 1b, 1c?
& tho I'm less familiar with the euro/ROTW's, the recent MCE/facelift would be a gen-2b :)
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I still question just how different ALL of ^those^ really are

If I were Allen, I would sell the Gen 1 as The Escort and the Gen 2 as the Focus.

THEN, when Gen 3 comes out I would move Gen 2 down to the "Escort" slot and sell Gen 3 as the Focus.

My logic? All the R and D and tooling would already be paid for. Sell them for cheap. Money maker..... Imagine the Gen 1 made in Mexico with about 5 grand knocked off and only the smaller cheaper engines available..... OOORRRRRR sell it as a Fleet car.
I've had similar thoughts, *like* the Escort name but don't want to 'waste' it on a not-new car... so now suggest F-17 or F-170 for the "leftover" Focus (which I pretty much always believed would continue at Wayne until after the C2 was being built at other factories)
 

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I thought the current Focus sold in the US is the Second Generation. Wasn't the '02-'07 Focus the First Generation of the car?? Am I missing something here?
I'll try to express this visually. The first generation Focus debuted in the US for the 2000 model year:



For the 2005 model year, it received a refresh that including some mild styling changes, mechanical changes, changes to options packages, etc.:



For the 2008 model year, the same Focus was refreshed again for the US, resulting in the current model:



Along the way several changes were made, including the deletion of the wagon and hatchback models. Also along the way, outside of the US, a newly engineered Focus was created for the 2005 model year; the second generation Focus:



As such, by the end of 2004, there were two totally different versions of the Focus in the world. The US continued with rehashes of the first generation Focus while outside of the US the Focus continued to evolve.
 

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^ the euroFocus is STILL C1, 1931Chevy
^^ Oldskls10, tho "generation" can be confusing, think the global-C170 that's still built here is gen1, euro/ROTW-C1 is gen2, and next-global-C2 will be gen3
tho I've seen other gen-numbers that count MCE/facelifts...
just for the U.S., we could count 2000-2005 as "1", 2005-2008 as "2", and 2008-on as "3"; but they're all the same C170 platform
so maybe 1a, 1b, 1c?
& tho I'm less familiar with the euro/ROTW's, the recent MCE/facelift would be a gen-2b :)
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I still question just how different ALL of ^those^ really are



I've had similar thoughts, *like* the Escort name but don't want to 'waste' it on a not-new car... so now suggest F-17 or F-170 for the "leftover" Focus (which I pretty much always believed would continue at Wayne until after the C2 was being built at other factories)
opps my bad I wrote this while in a hurry and yes our focus is on the C170 and the euro focus on C1
 

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well Ford also does this in Mexico where the current US F-150 is called the Lobo and the Old F-150 is the current F-150 and F-250. Out Super Duty model starts at F-350 and goes up from there. I do not know if they will keep on donig this though with the F-150 and F-250 plant going over to make Fiestas.
 
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