• Jul 31, 2006
Do you ever get the sensation that Ford doesn't like us? We've had, essentially, the same Focus since 1999. Save a few cosmetic enhancements, an engine swap and some dynamic tweaks, and it's the same product as 8 years ago. Well, it looks like more of the same in 2008.

The new Focus will have limited changes overall, though the major change is the adoption of the family-wide 3-bar grille that is shared with the Fusion and some of Ford's newer truck offerings. Brenda Priddy and her minions snagged this shot and you can see the full, underwhelming redesign over at the Detroit News.

Thanks to Jay for the tipage.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      In my mind, the current Focus looks pretty nice from the outside, with a bit of euro cues. The interior is nowhere near as nice.

      Why are they plastering a 'Fusion' grill on the 2008 when they have an already handsome vehicle that they sell in Europe? I'm sure it will look ridiculously horrid. Really, if the current Focus had better interior design and quality, I would actually consider it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What the? Why? Arg!

      I thought Ford was going to get off the fugly-front-end-update kick. (Remember the Thunderbird?) Listen Ford, you don't need to make an ugly car uglier just to match the corporate look. You have that blue oval stuck on the front of all your cars, I think people can figure it out from there. Are you going to put the horizontal bars on the Mustang too? What about the GT while you're at it?

      If you're gonna slap a new face on the Focus, make it a NEW Focus and bring the European one over here. Oh wait... that's not new either.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Such an UGLY car. The Euro-only focus they displayed at various Euro car shows was a beautiful design, but of course, not planned for the US.

      I don't understand Ford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How old is the Corolla? That's what I thought. It appears that new economy cars do not equal profitability, at least in the U.S.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The C170 chassis (original Focus) is a viable design that is easy to maintain and reliable to drive. If you'd like a "New Focus" (aka C1 Global), there are plenty of choices in the Ford stable from Volvo (S40) and Mazda (Mazda3)...maybe Ford will design a "C1 Global" with a Mercury tag, but to change the current design Focus when it still works well is just plain stupid, a cosmetic update with various safety tweaks makes more sence to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope this is just a test mule of some sort.

      It's a shame Ford has made so many mis-steps with the Focus in the US market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice of Ford to poison the Fusion by making the old 2000 Focus look like it. This is GM-level stupidity.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford heres a bold move for ya:

      Certify the global (mk2) Focus!

      What the hell is wrong with you?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The EUROPEAN version of the Ford Focus is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, especially the convertible. The fact that FORD Europe is profitable is because of smart decisions such as offering such a beautiful car. Ford in AMERICA deserves to fail. The kind of thinking that is emodied into Ford's decision NOT to offer the European version is typical of companies that ultimately fail. Ford's ability to make smart marketing decisions here in the USA is conspicuous by its absence. No wonder Ford is having MAJOR problems at home................Ford deserves to fail. Offer the European convertible here in the good ole US of A and save yourselves.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Take a look at the European Focus:

      http://www.ford.co.uk/ns7/foc_c307/-/-/-/-/-/-

      Let us pray that it looks like that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Suzuki called. It wants its Forenza back.
      • 8 Years Ago
      From the DetNews article... "will continue to ride on the same basic underpinnings through at least 2010."

      This is a case for the Justice League. Some evil force (Kirk Kerkorian?) has taken over the executives at Ford, possibly using mind control. The irrational behavior is epitomized by Ford abandoning the small car market during a period of high gas prices.
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