• Jun 23rd 2008 at 12:58PM
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With sales up 35-percent year over year, the current Focus is on fire. Even after Ford added a third shift that bumped annual production at its Wayne assembly plant to 280,000 units per year, the Blue Oval is still selling every compact it an make. To give Americans more of what they want, the Dearborn, MI automaker plans to produce the next generation Focus in two plants. Industry insiders say Ford will convert its Louisville plant from Explorer production to a mix of small vehicles, including the Focus. There is no word at this time if the plant will also build other smaller models as well, but it's a good bet that Ford will make the plant more flexible so it can adapt to consumer demand.

The good news for enthusiasts is that the next Focus will be a global model based off the much drooled over European model. The bad news is that both the new model and the added capacity won't be available until the end of 2010. It may be two years into the future, but at least the new Focus is on its way, and there will be a lot more of them, too.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      My friend has recently bought an 08 Focus, and It is getting 40-41 mpg canadian on highway trips. they are happy with it. I still think the front end is so ugly, but as someone else already said it is not as ugly as the price at the pump $6.15 can/per gallon here now in western canada.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's just hope they bring the hatch to the US along with good manual transmissions
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, I got to drive a 2008 Focus yesterday, and I am impressed. It handles very well, comfortable (for a compact), and the model I got to drive did NOT have the fake fender vents! The front end is a bit busy, but I don't dislike the look anymore. Sync is pretty cool too. This was an automatic, but it wasn't the slug I thought it would be.

      Can't wait for the Euro-spec to come to North America, along with the Fiesta (or is it Festiva?)
        • 7 Years Ago
        "It's a good car--certainly the best domestic compact--but it's what was lost that's upsetting."

        Unfortunately, that's not saying much. And it now has a Chrysler-level interior.

        Subcompacts and compacts are going to own the market due to fuel prices. By the time the new Focus and Cobalt arrive in 2011, will it be too late?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The problem with the 2008 Focus is what was lost:
        * The car was decontended. Gone is the tilt/telescoping steering, certain materials quality items and the 2.3L engine; added is some ugly (but cheap to stamp) panels.
        * The handling is all wrong. The 2008 car has lost a bit of that lovely, crisp handling and taut-but-controlled ride it had. It's all mushy now.
        * Losing the two most versatile body styles was unfortunate. I would have bought a Focus wagon instead of the Honda Fit I ended up with, were one to have been available. I know that Ford of Canada dealers aren't happy about this development, either.

        It's a good car--certainly the best domestic compact--but it's what was lost that's upsetting.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes I am slow to admit it but I am coming round to the philosophies behind the new Focus, which I keep calling the new Escort. I still think a hatchback would have forgiven a lot. When I investigated this car, a four-door SES model, at wintertime's DC car show, I was impressed with its apparent solidity.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you want a Euro just buy a Mazda 3, duh!
        • 7 Years Ago
        For all the blather about NOT getting the Euro Focus, Ford has done pretty darn well at revamping and refreshening the American Focus. A new 2000 version doesn't hold a candle to the 2008 version, as it shouldn't--all of the technical bugaboos that stymied the car after its debut are gone.

        You don't even hear the 'ugly' complaints anymore, considering a more ghastly sight exists on the digital readout of gas pumps.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So much for the wisdom of the internet wags. This car was mercilessly slagged when it came out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      2010 is the year i go car shopping and first on the list is the Fiesta, but only if we see the 5 door. If not i'm moving up market to the Euro Focus which they have stated will be released in the 5 door variant here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Ford want to be on top of the game they should also consider bringing the Ford Ka.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @rypt

        Every time I'm over in Europe I see them everywhere. What are you talking about?

        I'm not basing this on sales numbers, honestly...but they are EVERYWHERE so they must be doing ok.
        • 7 Years Ago
        rypt...there is a new Ka coming out. The current one is completely ancient (older than the current Focus).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why, so that no-one buys it .. just like no-one buys it in EU .. because it sucks.
      Jon Russell
      • 7 Years Ago
      alright.. im glad to see that this is a good looking focus.

      but... by the time its here, it will be old news and honda and the rest of the competition will be coming out with a new model relatively soon
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        True but the US will no longer be many revisions behind Europe, instead we'll be treated as a world car market and receive updated content when everyone else does. I'll be interrested to see how this affects the japanese players in the US hatch market.
        Jon Russell
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Jon Russell
        haha sorry about the downer

        i am pretty excited to see ford start to do well tho. im just worried about the future of the company
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please, please, Ford please have an ST available at launch to go with it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Expect the Kuga to come over as well.
      It's build on the same line in the same plant in Saarlouis Germany. So if they flex-retool two US plants for the next gen Focus, they will be easily capable to produce the Kuga as well. I guess the Kuga could sell quite nicely in the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd like to remind people, that the Focus they have in the picture isn't the one we're getting, that's the 2G Focus. We're getting the 3G Focus at the same time the rest of the world is.

      My wife and I will be in line for the new car. Our 2003 Focus has served my wife well since we bought it, and it has surprised me with its near-bullet proof reliability. Its been in the shop less times than my Honda of the same year...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great news, Keep it up ford! I'll take a better iteration of a production hatch being sold domestically over news of a possible $40,000 hybrid any day!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Usually I'd agree, but the Volt is VERY tempting regardless of price since I'd lease it anyway. Why? Because I am that average driver who does a 40mile commute. Zero gasoline being used is very likeable. :D

        Sure, there is plugging in and using electricity, but 2-3$ a day is still better than the 10-12$ its costing now, and sure to rise.
      FEW
      • 7 Years Ago
      U missed a c in can.
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