• Apr 14, 2008
Click above for a gallery of the 2008 Ford Focus ST.

During the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Ford's product chief, Derrick Kuzak, told attendees that the next generation Focus will benefit from the joint efforts of FoMoCo's engineers here in the U.S. and abroad. The redesigned Focus is set to debut sometime in 2010 or 2011 and will be built off the C1 platform that underpins the current Euro Focus. According to Kuzak, 87-percent of the parts will be sourced from Ford's global parts bin in a move to cut costs and globalize Ford's engineering process. While we've heard this numerous times before, this is the first time a definitive timeline has been outlined for the official entry of the superior C1 platform to the U.S. market. Here's hoping that Ford sees the light and we finally get ST and RS variants of the Focus here in the States.



[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't this platform scheduled to be replaced in Europe at about the same time?

      More hand-me-downs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hooray for common sense!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The flubbed the contour/mondeo...flubbed the US/Euro Focus...why do they think they can get it right this time around?

      • 6 Years Ago
      hopefully it won't be available here in murcielago orange
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's the Focus ST, if you didn't catch that. It has 230 hp and a real beauty of a suspension.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever Ford brings here, leave the fender vents off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i would assume this will coincide with the next gen mazda3... so that timing makes sense
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, I've been here 20+ years and heard it at least 6 times where I kept the announcements (before e-mail, even).

      I am hopeful this time.
      Different leadership and all.
      Fields was actually doing some global work (steering columns) before Mulally was hired.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's not forget the current Focus has always been a very nimble tightly screwed together little car.

      Also, the Ford car lineup has some very promising new cars coming out. Heck, even a good looking new (for real this time) Taurus.
      The next few years could be a very good time for the American car industry.
      Perhaps the rest of the world (that sells cars in North America that is) will go back to learning from American car makers and not teaching.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Perhaps you don't understand. The Focus that was sold in America last year was the same Focus that was introduced in Europe in 1998. That Focus was, count-em, ten years old. This "new" Focus they are selling now in the US has the same underpinnings as the old one, it just has new bodywork and a very updated interior. To add a further bad taste to an enthusiast's mouth, Ford has sold a spectacular completely redesigned Focus for four years now in Europe, which they've as a matter of fact they've already given a mid-life update.

        -- I've driven in a euro-spec 2006 5dr Ford Focus Ghia with 1.6L TDCi. It was simply a wonderful experience -- very similar fit and finish to my GTI -- maybe a bit better even.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Chase, I do envy your chance to sample a euro spec Focus, that must of been fun.

        And yes, I do realise that the current NA Focus is simply another update of the original Focus.
        My point is that regardless of the age, the new bodystyle (and sadly the loss of the wagon and hatch) it's still a good little car.
        Still nimble and still well built.
        More performance and bang for your buck then a few similarly priced cars in it's category.

        But yes of course I agree, even this great (in many way) little cars needs to be replaced.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sorry Ford. You are a day late and a dollar short.

      I have moved onto the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Becaase so many people will Cross Shop a car in the Focas segment and rwd coupe?

        Kumail
        • 6 Years Ago
        i agree completly. and another reason to reconsider ford for you readers out there, it's a ford. GM is steeping up their class and keeping their prices shockingly low and many asian brands are doing the same. hyundai (or however you spell it) is improving greatly and the new elantra that's coming out looks real nice too. a lot of competition out there and ford is coming in late.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is going to be built on the new C2 platform, not the C1.
        • 6 Years Ago
        correct-

        although it seems Ford's own designations are not adding the +1 to the platform name.

        The platform will be redesigned but it is still referred to as C1.

        This is in line with Ford's new Top-hat and platform redesign schedule - all new platform is developed only every OTHER generation. In the middle, the platform just gets redesign/face lift/improvements (think Honda).

        Igor
        • 6 Years Ago
        correct-

        although it seems Ford's own designations are not adding the +1 to the platform name.

        The platform will be redesigned but it is still referred to as C1.

        This is in line with Ford's new Top-hat and platform redesign schedule - all new platform is developed only every OTHER generation. In the middle, the platform just gets redesign/face lift/improvements (think Honda).

        Igor
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think you guys would be doing justice to Ford by comparing its failed attempt with Mondeo/Countour/Mystique and world-wide Focus. There was no reason to buy the Contour, it was rather bland, interior wasn't anything special, handling wasn't superb (unless you count in SVT model). So it was just an average product which really had no specific identity. In Europe it was a c/d car plain and simple, so people bought it in large volume. Here, Ford had the Taurus to serve that purpose. It was just too much of an overlap.

      New Focus will do a terrific job of sitting 2+2 in comfort, where trips from Detroit to Chicago will not be a big deal, there will be ample boot space, and interior should be of proper quality. Ford has decided that US market is ready for a smaller car boom, provided if those small cars will not feel like economy cars (i.e. Cavalier).

      I just also read a news article on Reuters about Ford announcing further steps to achieve commonality - it smacked of PR release, but whatever, I'll take it because it sounded more or less sincere.

      Also for those who have been saying that I have a grudge against Ford, are dead wrong. I've always liked Ford, but didn't always like its way of managing NA operations. Come to think of it, those people who think I don't like Ford, are also the same goof-ball group, which dubs those who don't like current federal government administration as "unpatriotic".

      Anyways, just like others - all of this stuff I have been saying for almost 5-6 years, why did it take such a long time for Ford to act I don't know. I'm still not crazy about their 2010 Ford Taurus styling proposal which leaked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      about fu***n time
        • 6 Years Ago
        I swear. WTF?! NOW THE BRING IT TO US?! Were they sleeping for so longg??! Not only did it cost them twice the money to make two cars, they kept us frustrated. I'm done man. I dont care about the focus now. I've graduated too ...just like the first commenter! Now its either RWD or AWD!
        • 6 Years Ago
        amen to that... i see a bright future for the blue oval
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