Ah, what Ford vehicle do American enthusiasts scream for more? None other than the European Focus that shares its platform with our Mazda3 and Volvo S40/V50. While the spicy ST variant has already been shown, here is an up close look at a Ghia-badged 5-door Focus. The first thing you notice is how upscale this Focus is. The previous Focus was a great car, but no one would dare consider it real competition to more upscale compacts. If this Focus was sold in the US, it would have to retail for more than the Mazda3, probably splitting the difference between the Volvo and it's Asian cousin. The Focus would even cut into Fusion's territory, it is that nice. You can clearly see why it is so popular in Europe and why American consumers will have to get their C1-platform jollies in the Japanese and Swedish flavors. In Germany, the Ford Focus starts at 14,500 euro ($17,980) with the Ford Focus Ghia being the most expensive at 19,575 euro or $24,273. That is VW Golf/Jetta territory and it's easy to see why the European Focus is not sold here. If you want to own one, it seems like you need to move to Europe.
Posted Sep 20th 2005 5:00PM