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#65 of 79 Euro Focus
Jun 22, 2007 (4:22 am)
Is it any wonder why GM and Ford are going down?
They're so big, they can't see outside their own corporate walls. While the ship is sinking internal fighting between grossly overpaid upper management personalities is still top on their agenda. Rather than accept the fact that improved fuel economy is smart like the rest of the world, they'd rather complain that they can't find a market for anything but gas hogs. They've had years to redesign cars while living off pickup and SUV profits, now they're in a position to get hurt very badly again.
I'm from Michigan and would like nothing better than lean, intelligent GM and Ford companies that can compete on the world stage. But the worst cars I've owned in 30 years have been the only two domestics I bought, a 1985 Cavilier and a 2001 Mazda 626. Worse than the poor designs has been the lazy, stupid, hillbilly service.
It amazes me that they won't even test market the Euro Focus here in the U.S. Maybe there is more profit in gas guzzlers and the Euro Focus would make the rest of their fleet look really bad. Probably couldn't get the mechanics to work on them or stock parts either.
It's gonna be results, not excuses, that keeps GM and Ford in business. I've tried to buy American, but no more.
#69 of 79 Why do we get the left overs????
Jul 04, 2007 (4:37 pm)
FORD FOCUS 2008 IS A 2007 IN MEXICO!!!
#71 of 79 Re: Why do we get the left overs???? [creakid1]
Jul 07, 2007 (7:05 pm)
Oh dear God. What did they do to the poor Focus? Yeash. When it came out in the States in 2000, it was "different" but very good looking and fresh in my opinion (hell we owned two of them at one point). But the first refresh dulled it down (especially in the interior) and now this refresh is just an abomination. Ugh. Looks like some sort rejected Saturn design. Ford, what have you done???
#72 of 79 Re: Why do we get the left overs???? [seminole_kev]
Aug 31, 2007 (7:12 pm)
I guess Ford is hoping to break into that lucrative rental fleet market.
#73 of 79 Re: Why do we get the left overs???? [hwyhobo]
Sep 01, 2007 (8:11 pm)
rental fleet market?
Do you have to gross people out in order to rent 'em out safely so people will return the car afterward, & won't decide to (steal) keep the car forever?
North America Ford, are you proud of looking like the Malibu/Impala/Stratus family? Can't you just leave these European designs alone? You already got Mazda to convert the engine bay into the most reliable "European car", & success/reputation is coming soon. No more night-mare repairs the way the Merkur XR4ti/Scorpio were.
#74 of 79 Re: 2008 Ford Focus future vehicle [jedi787plus]
Sep 28, 2007 (12:57 pm)
I don't know maybe I am reading to much into the bad mouthing of a cheap nice car that works I own a 2005 and the car is sound and not one bit a problem except for breaking the center console once, if that is a major problem I guess I just over looked it. Ok it is a face life but I do believe it will compete well since they stats on MPG for the 2008 Ford Focus should be 27 city / 37 highway and the last time I checked the Honda Fit 28 city / 34 highway, I say is is pretty damn close. On top of the fact the Focus does have more room. As far as price you can get one out the door if you know how to deal for $13,900. Beside the face lift they did add a ton of interior toys that you normally don't get with a cheap car. The car is cheap and good all around and I will buy I new one. My reason for the great review is because when a car can get you from point a to b without a problem for several years, that is a good car and I abuse my car and it took ever bit of it, except for that center console. Wow and that center console problem was so major considering Ford fixes it for free while under warranty.