• Jul 21st 2006 at 10:56AM
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This is a pretty bad shot of a heavily camo'd 2008 Ford Focus taken with a camera phone. It's damn near impossible to see any changes, but we'd bet our last gallon of gas that there's a shiny three-bar chrome grille hiding under that covering. The 2008 MY Focus will likely see the last tweak before we (FINALLY) get a Focus based on the company's C1 platform around 2010. Until then Ford will graft the Fusion's three-bar grin onto the Focus and apparently refresh the rear, as well.
Rumor on the Focaljet forum where this and more pics were posted is that the Focus three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback and possibly wagon will be deleted from the lineup next year. As far as we know that's just speculation, although it wouldn't surprise us if Ford trims down the number of Focus models being offered in the last couple of years before it's replaced. Perhaps if we're lucky part of Ford's accelerated Way Forward plan will be to sell the C1-based Focus here ahead of schedule.

Thanks focaljet-1 for the tip!

[Source: Focaljet]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      At least the Focus has a WAY better rear suspension than the corolla.

      That is the only good thing about the focus.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why are you all speculating on the Speculation? Lets wait to see what Ford announces. Then you can slam them for not bringing the C1 or praise them for giving a better choice to Accent shoppers. Until then, why waste your keyboard?
      • 9 Years Ago
      If Ford of NA intends to keep the old Focus on the market till !?_2010_?! it deserves to extinct!

      At the moment I saw the subject I thought to myself "well, '08 is quite late for bringing Focus II to US but still better than nothing"; and then I read that it still won't be the new/Euro one. I just can't believe that Focus 2008 is still Focus I.
      Furthermore by using the Fusion-like grill on such an products Ford IMO simply ruins its potential (as something that could indicate some new approach at Ford).

      I wonder how long it will take till we can finally see AT LEAST SOME CHANGES in way Ford 'moves'? So far we have this BoldMoves website. 8[

      Yaroukh, disgusted Ford-fan
      • 9 Years Ago
      I had a Focus as a rental once as well. Quite fun to drive, zippy, handled well, but the interior was ugly as sin, and I've never been a fan of the outside either. Hopefully this refresh brings them both up a notch.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I guess I'm a snob. When my Civic was in the body shop, I was given a 2005 Focus 4-door for one weeks (ab)use. It was probably the least-fun-to-drive car I'd been behind the wheel of since my dad's 1982 Fairmont.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #23- a good thought, but I am unsure if Ford would provide a super-small car in the US, due in part to what #22 said. #22 has a good point about Ford's bad business decisions- I agree, they sell great product elsewhere that would be very much welcomed here in the US. Bringing over the Ka or Fiesta (or creating something similar) would be a great way for Ford to cash in on growing super-small car demand here, because either one would slot nicely below the Focus and boost sales.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What lunatic at Ford signed off on the papers that is killing 40% of Focus's sells? If 30% of Focus's sales are hatches and 10% are wagons, isn't that kind of stupid to eliminate that much?

      Additionally, the Mustang was developed on a new platform using technologies used to create the C1 platform.

      • 9 Years Ago
      "I beg to differ, look up anything on FUSION on Autoblog.com and just look at the comments, people RANK on the car and it pisses me off"

      I agree because I'm one of the people who thinks the Fusion is a dated and unattractive car in general. Every post is an opinion and nothing more. You may love the Fusion other don't. To get pissed off and argue against someone else's opinion is juvenile. What are you arguing - that secretly people love the Fusion and won't admit it?

      "I 100% guarantee you when the USA Focus is C1 people will bitch and moan about how it's a Mazda in drag."

      Maybe they will but who cares. Either people like a car or not you're not going to argue them into liking it. If they made something that looked more like a Mazda3 I would applaud it.

      Ford themselves all but said in a recent press release that their designs were outdated. They had focused on SUV's and Trucks and while they had future plans to put more of their efforts toward their cars the public's sudden shift away from SUVs and Trucks caught them by surprise and they weren't ready.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Did the ford engineer chase this guy all over town too? heh, a focus is a lot less menacing than a black smoke belching super duty.
      • 9 Years Ago
      To #16- I've never heard anyone on Autoblog criticize the Ford Fusion or Mazda 6, or anything based on the Mazda 6 platform. In fact, I've heard nothing but praise and good words for the Mazda 6 platform so I don't know where you heard the criticism from.

      On to the Focus- I hate hatchbacks personally, and the Focus ones are really ugly, but they do sell well so I question Ford eliminating the Focus hatchbacks. As for a shiny three-bar grille, that won't help the Focus- it's a dated car and needs more than appearance tweaks.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Killing off the three and five door? Ford is hopeless. Those are the two cars I even look at from them. What tools.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What is the holdup in bringing the full redesigned focus over? They are likely afraid it will steal sales from the volvo s40, mazda3, etc.

      Anyone else have any clue why "the way forward plan" includes stagnating the product line (ranger is on a 20yr old platform, mustang is a modified lincoln LS, focus, crown vic, at least the F-series is all new)
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