• Sep 4, 2007

The California Air Resources Board has sent Saleen a $700,000 bill for making non-compliant changes to three of its aftermarket products. Saleen's Focus N20, Focus S121, and Mustang S281 were altered in ways that weren't legal under ARB guidelines. Based on the release, it appears that Saleen's offenses were altering emissions control systems on the N20, and not getting the other two models certified.

The size of the fine and the fact that the ARB expressly states it is using the fine as a deterrent for other aftermarket tuners makes it sound like Saleen knew it wasn't in compliance. However, the ARB release says that only the Focus N20 must be recalled and reconfigured. The other two models "were ultimately certified for use in California," but the ARB gives no indication that they had to be recalled in order to do so. Regardless, if you've got an N20 in SoCal that hasn't been fixed, get it off the road and back to Saleen.

[Source: Mustang Evolution]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Goddamn that focus in the picture looks like a lot of fun to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      RWD Fan, do you know how BIG the California market is for sports cars? :D For a lot of niche markets, no California equals no sustainable business.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yuck get those things off the road regardless.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because light and fast is more fun than heavy and fast!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I could not agree more. Why on earth would anyone choose to drive a Ford, much less a Focus?!
        • 7 Years Ago
        oo, ya! all of yall that support focus' should definitely get one, cause i was driving home a couple weeks ago and saw one on fire on the side of the road! that was awesome! and made me happy for the rest of the day.

        although, i am split on my congratulations because Saleen now rocks even more for doing this. good job Saleen, but at the same time... why? Why Saleen? whyyyy would u bother at all with a stupid Focus, look how stupid crappy and ugly they are... smaller miiiight be quicker(note the difference between quicker and faster) but it also sounds sooo much gayer... so enjoy ur car with a coffee can exhaust, but id rather have the mustang

        also, all of this is necessary.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Without a doubt, the focus is the best small car ever offered by a domestic manufacturer. Drives good, light weight, and the wagon was the best in its segment. Don't list more expensive cars as its competition--it's a good value.

        Too bad they killed the wagon and hatches and fuglied up the remainder.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ryan...no you didn't. Also, you are a complete moron.

        While the Focus may be ancient in car years, it's still more fun to drive than the Cobalt. And if it had a 200hp engine, it may give the Civic a decent beating. The platform is still solid after all these years.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yep, I drive a focus too, and it's a great car, good handling, comfy and well designed, 1st gen anyway. Don't go ragging on my focus vectorbug.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, plus it would make it odd to "pull out" of California, given that their headquarters is at:

      76 Fairbanks
      Irvine, California 92618-1602, U.S.A.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey, we have clean air for a reason (outside of LA)! Saleen can follow the rules just like every other manufacturer has to do.

        THIS "lib" thinks the more jobs the better and the more car choices, the better... so thanks for making it political.
        • 7 Years Ago
        looks like the libs are trying to drive another business out of calif.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I drive a Focus too.
      2001 sedan. It really is fun to drive and nothing ever goes wrong with it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Interesting story. Dont be making general slams on Ford. I think most of us would love to own a Ford GT ($200,000) or a Saleen PJ Mustang ($75 and growing (only 500 made and a real muscle car with no turbo BS)). Both of these will be worth big money some day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When the Focus came to Canada I was an unofficial spokesperson to my family and friends. I even took people down to the dealership to test drive them if they still were not convinced.
      The end result, everybody agreed with me in the end.
      It's a great car and I'd love to own one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      sorry, that is the best escort i've ever seen.
      still would never buy one.
      would never buy a ford.
      dont know why anyone would.

      as for the ARB and this story, it almost seems like this was planned..or intentionally set in motion in order to make news....hum.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saleen just needs to pull out of the market there.

      Does the company really sell enough cars there that they'll go under if they refuse to fold to CARB?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Scott Eaton,
      Some companies are doing just that. Why let a single state dictate the practice for a national company? It does come down to the almighty dollar though. If CA is where a majority of your sales are, then fine, bohica. If your company can get along without the business then why deal with the Peoples Republic of CA? The reality is that it's not even the whole state, but just the bay area and L.A. that are dictating the politics of the place. When one of those neat blue/red bias maps is shown of just CA it's funny to see the whole left/right contrast.

      But I digress. More companies should be standing up to the strong arm politics of CA. Sure, it might hurt in the near future, but if enough people get fed up with not having free choice then maybe there will be a change. If all of CA is so "green" then why does everyone there have to be forced to comply? Why isn't the whole state clamoring for electric vehicles and boycotting Ford or GM or Toyota trucks?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "The reality is that it's not even the whole state, but just the bay area and L.A. that are dictating the politics of the place."

        That is because, those are the two areas where most of the people live.


        Sorry for double post.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Excellent, I support CARB's actions. Automakers need to meet the laws where they sell their cars, period.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And where does news like this:
      http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4024974
      (via /.)
      come into the whole equation.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "The reality is that it's not even the whole state, but just the bay area and L.A. that are dictating the politics of the place."

      ...'cause those are the areas where MOST of the people live.
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