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Ford Focus, Acura RSX, Sedan
#31 of 67 Focus to avoid global platform
Aug 16, 2004 (5:03 am)
Cost, potential quality glitches are behind decision
Although Ford Motor Co. wants to develop more cars and trucks from global platforms, itís making an exception for the next-generation Ford Focus. When the re-engineered Focus is introduced to the United States in 2007, it will not share mechanicals with the C1 version of the Focus sold in Europe.
Headline on Article today from Automotive News, however paid subscribtion required to read. Not in ORF's budget! I just wonder if this means no CR diesel, hope not Ford that would be a bad move. I'm amazed and glad with the amount of people that are warming up to CR diesel benefits. Good for the US economy, more importantly their personal budget.
#32 of 67 Re: Focus to avoid global platform [f111d]
Aug 16, 2004 (7:52 am)
The current North American Foci have the same gas engines that will be available on the C1 Focus when it come out in Europe later this year, so this wouldn't necessarily rule out a common rail diesel for the US focus once low sulfur diesel becomes avilaable nationwide. Other factors might though e.g. production capacity for diesels in europe, federal or state emissions regs in the US, etc.
What I don't understand is that since the C1 Focus is already derived from the C170 platform, but with a number of enhancements,e.g. AWD capability, improved crashworthiness, especially for side impacts, and the next NA Focus redesign will have to accomadate new side impact standards, would it really cost that much more to use the C1 platform than to engineer a separate update of the the C170 platform? I wonder what's really behind this decision.
#33 of 67 Re: Focus to avoid global platform [nedc2]
Aug 16, 2004 (9:55 am)
Thanks for the info! Too bad I couldn't get to read the the whole article, that may have answered your questions and others I'm sure. Management decisions are defnitlely not my thing and don't care too either!
#34 of 67 What did Ford do w/ the N.A. Escort around '96?
Aug 16, 2004 (9:04 pm)
The redesign was still based on the '90 Protege, just like the'91 Escort/Tracer. Why? The newer '95 Protege was too expensive to build, I guess.
Aug 31, 2004 (5:49 pm)
Darn why does everything have be glitz and glitter when a performance power plant is added? Functional brakes, suspension/etc. for the added power fine! What happened to the sleeper model. I know it won't sell, got to impress someone. Shame the vanity in this country.