• Jun 21, 2007
If Martin Smith – the designer of the new Mondeo and S-Max – has his way, the next Ford Focus in Europe will be drawing heavily from the styling of its upmarket siblings.
While we're stuck with the new Focus coupe that was unveiled earlier this year, European consumers will be getting a thoroughly reworked version of Ford's compact sedan. In addition to the Iosis-inspired sheetmetal, those lucky blokes across the pond will also benefit from a freshly styled interior, complete with a cabin control system inspired by the Human Machine Interface in the Mondeo.

If AutoExpress' crystal ball is to be believed, the new Focus may debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales likely to begin sometime in 2008. If this particular five-door does become available, the hue and cry from those of us in the States will be heard yet again, and summarily dismissed by FoMoCo execs.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford: We want this here. And NOW. I have a Focus in my household right now, a 2003, and I'm going to want to replace it sooner or later. It'd be nice to be able to replace it with another 5-door hatch Focus like that one rendered!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally, I usually don't care for auto companies that slap the same front end on every vehicle and then make them different lengths and call it a different model.

      That being said, the rendering is HOT HOT HOT!
      • 7 Years Ago
      My dear Ford:

      You are more isolated from the American public than President Bush. We all know already that the '08 NA Focus will not sell. It should be loaded into a time machine and sent to the Saturn-Before-Opel era. To fill the empty spot that would leave in your lineup, bring us the Focus featured in this article. I promise it will sell. Seriously.

      Now, why don't we chat about the new Mondeo. Wow, what a great-looking car. Guess what? It will sell if you bring it to America. No really, it will. As much as we all are so excited about the new Taurus, I advise that you replace it with the Mondeo. Yes, replace. Yes, I realize it has brand equity. Yes, I know Alan likes it. But we like the Mondeo. 'Nuff said.

      Hmmm. The all-new Taurus X. Well, well, well. You know, spending my time typing a very large paragraph to explain why no one will buy it would be a waste of time. So I'll just say it: Bring us the S-Max.

      Now, about the Crown Victoria. Who buys it? Well if it's mostly fleet sales then why sell it to us? We all think that the Falcoln you sell "down unda" is a very attractive package. We will buy it. You need something to compete with the Dodge Charger and Pontiac G8. This will do the trick. Trust me.

      By the way, I'm serious about all of this. Really. People will buy your vehicles.

      Sincerely,
      America
      • 7 Years Ago
      I will boycott Ford for life if Europe gets that and we get the junk that Ford NA is churning out.

      Enough already. If they cant give their home country their best effort, why should I pay them any attention whatsoever?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some one at ford must be like, "Hey here is a great idea, let's make some cars with edgy styling and decent performance and sell them in countries where our marketshare is low and make us hardly any money. While we are at it we will purposely keep these cars from the USA so that our business continues to suck and we piss off consumers."

      BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      HELLLOOOOOO!?!??!?!?!?

      WAKE UP FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      While I don't see anything original or ground breaking on that car it is a very well done styling exercise. I agree with the masses on this one and say that it's time to do an XR4Ti with it and bring it to the states. If not as a Ford then a Mercour, excuse me, a Mercury.
      • 7 Years Ago
      cant wait for the new focus,going to put an order in for the new year,get one for the wife, dont no why ford spent money on developing a new focus design in america when they could of just brought this one over for the 2008/9 model year, and they wonder why there losing money in the states. all i can say is ford europe have got it right and its showing. just bought the new mondeo titanium x, has everthing bar the kitchen sink as standard,adaptive headlights,Alcantara trim with heated,
      Blue Glass,sport seats,Sony 6 CD radio, parking sensors front and rear all standard. last car bmw, and all i can say is this car is some serious competion for bmw & Merc's in terms of quality, kit and price. and if the mondeo is anything too go by then the focus will be a hit as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is a no-brianer to bring this great looking Focus, plus the new S-Max and Mondeo to the U.S. market under the Mercury brand. This would take Mercury up-scale where it belongs and end the outrageous "Badging" from Ford products.

      With the Euro line-up under the "Winged Helmut" Mercury Marque - Mercury could successfully compete with the likes of BMW, Audi, Acura and Infinity.

      If Ford does not bvring these kick-ass products to the homeland - then those pricks deserve to go under. Try showing a little respect to your countrymen and stop treating us like dirt bags!
        • 7 Years Ago
        good point.

        Ford should use the Mercury division much like GM is using the Saturn, for a Euro-feel division. Other posts listing the Focus as a 30K car are overpricing it. Taking out taxes and such it would be higher than a Focus but probably on scale with an upmarket Mercury version. Same with the Mondeo...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford: Why can't Americans buy enough cars to keep us afloat in NA?

      Everyone: There are some really nice ones you sell in Europe and Australia.

      Ford: That's crazy talk! Americans only want trucks!

      Problem solved clarified.

      Screw you, Ford, if you don't sell this here. It's actually APPEALING.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And yet Ford can't figure out why they are loosing market share.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, we are supposed to be getting the new C2 Focus that this article talks about. It is expected in the U.S. in 2010 (possibly sooner depending on engineering demands, competitive pressure, cost and government regulations). The 2008 Focus is only set to be around for about 30 months.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And one more thing: Don't change the grille or anything. Same trim, same buttons, same light bulbs. And especially no three-bar chrome grille.

      And keep the same names, too.
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