• May 31, 2007
These rendered images of the next-generation Ford Focus for the European market are, to put it bluntly, painful to look at. That's not because the artist penned a dog, but rather because he or she gives us a glimpse of Ford's next-gen Focus in the form of a three-door coupe, not unlike the coupe version of the redesigned 2008 Focus that Ford will be selling in the U.S. soon. Our Focus, however, is based on the same platform the original Focus used when it debuted back in Y2K, whereas the Euro Focus will be moving over from the already excellent C1 chassis, which our Focus never got, to a shortened version of the Eureopean Mondeo's platform. Plus, our Focus coupe will not look like a 3/4-scale Mondeo with snazzy Kinetic styling. Instead, the redesigned 2008 Focus for the U.S. takes a step backwards in styling, landing somewhere in the time of the Tempo and LTD. We're a little rusty with our Italian, so we're not even sure if Infomotori is claiming that Ford of Europe will offer a three-door coupe version of the next Focus or if these renderings are just fun. They're still painful to gaze upon, knowing what awaits an unsuspecting public at our own Blue Oval dealerships.

[Source: Infomotori - Google Translation]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I had to do a double take and make sure it wasn't a Scion tC, lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      Once again, the US gets the uglies and the Europeans get beauty. Why is Ford management so damn clueless? We Americans love European design, that's why we buy so many Acuras, BMW, Audi, etc. If Ford were to market these here, imports would get a run for their money and they might just grab some market share they so desperately need. Silly old men, listen to your customers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford in the U.S.A I just have one thing to say.... YOU SUCK!!!

      I can't believe we are still stuck with crap, junk, and trash that is just slightly above or below the crap offered by GM or Dodge. Why can't the USA have European versions of these cars instead of only 1 good car (Mustang) and nothing but old yesteryear's garbage to follow the pathetic attempt of a lineup?

      Stop copying off of pathetic crap companies such as GM or Dodge and start taking cues from the European lineup and even dare I say some Japanese companies!

      Maybe it's because there are still too many old world dinosaurs who still love those god awful nasty huge boxy boats from the 70's and 80's who think rounded looks are a sin to the automotive industry who are holding back the US automakers from actually growing with everyone else around the world. It's time for Ford and every other US automaker to grow up and really haul a** to play catchup.

      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks great. I do see the Mondeo coupe in it. I'm assuming the size is smaller than a Mondeo would be. The front 3/4 shot is sweet. The shot from the rear, not so much. As far as the US 2008 Focus, why even bother. really sad. I don't know who management is listening to but it isn't anyone I know.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's what our '08 Focus should have looked like...that would have taken the bite out of dealing with the old platform.
      • 7 Years Ago
      definitely doesnt match a mftr-produced image but that interpretation definitely works toward a familial look between the beloved new Mondeo and the Focus.

      I'd buy that for a dollar!
      Truthfully, its just painful that the US is about to go two generations down on the Focus platform that the rest of the world gets. What gives Ford? Why cant we get your best efforts?
      RoadRunnerSTi
      • 7 Years Ago
      Warren-

      You apparently missed the sarcasm behind my "GO FORD!!!" comment...

      I am equally disappointed as you are in Ford and their offerings. The new Mustang was a fantastic hit, but all the variations that they are pumping out are really watering down the market, and is an obvious and desperate cry at trying to keep sales up on the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These renderings are done by a member of a photoshop community. As far as I know he has done these just to give an impression, and I sincerely doubt he's given permission for publication of these images. He goes by the nickname of CWW, like on the images. For the rest of his work, visit

      http://www.cwwcardesign.com/
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think it looks great. i think it would be popular with the tuner crowd as well. we don't get these cool european designs yet, but you can't turn the titanic around in a day. i think one of the things mullaly wants to do is unify the design centers and have global platforms. given time, it will happen.
      RoadRunnerSTi
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well it appears Ford has decided to follow in the steps of the Koreans and Chinese and steal design cues from other popular selling cars and create cheap knock-offs.

      GO FORD!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Attention Ford: Americans LOVE European styling!!! Give us the euro car, not the crappy, "made for America" version!
      • 7 Years Ago
      DAMMIT FORD!

      WHY DO YOU HATE NORTH AMERICA? PLEASE SELL THIS IN CANADA ATLEAST PLEASE!!!!!

      I will buy one! I am sick of Europe getting all the nice FORD'S and Canada getting the crappy 2007 Focus. It's Hideous! WHO THE HELL designed that car? The people Employees GM who designed the Pontiac Aztek and were fired?

      Make that car available here in North America! At any price!!! Just do it! NO ONE drive's or wants TRUCKS or SUV's from FORD! WE WANT THIS!
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