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Old 02-01-2007, 11:04 PM   #1
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goodbye aston martin

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Old 02-01-2007, 11:13 PM   #2
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Bummer... Ford keeps going down hill little by little.

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Well, as a money maker ...it wasn't.. Shame though.
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They need to do something with Jaguar. I thought they got Aston Martin into the black.
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Dude ford posted a 12.7 billion dollar loss...... R.I.P I hope they can figure something out... Ford in Europe posted a 1.7 billion dollar profit.... What are we doing wrong here.

Thats Right....... We dont have the RS Focus or the ST Focus or Mondeo, diesel focus, Focus diesel van (47 mpg), ST220 the GT6... Why arent they figuring that they need those cars in the market. I hope they get their stuff together soon...
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Thats Right....... We dont have the RS Focus or the ST Focus or Mondeo, diesel focus, Focus diesel van (47 mpg), ST220 the GT6... Why arent they figuring that they need those cars in the market. I hope they get their stuff together soon...
Focus ST and RS - come on, please stop beating this dead horse. Look at the prices of these vehicles.

Mondeo - it was killed based on sales, just like the Focus SVT. I won't argue it's not a great car, but.

Tansporter - gets more like 30 mpg, 36 at best (6.5 L/100km). I don't know why only DCX got this right and brought the Sprinter over. Opel has one too, where is it?

What is the GT6?
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:42 AM   #8
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Focus ST and RS - come on, please stop beating this dead horse. Look at the prices of these vehicles.
i hate it when people use this argument. you CANNOT just make a straight currency conversion and assume that is how much you would pay for the car in north america. for example, a new 2007 bmw 330 costs the equivalent of 60000 US dollars. are these cars selling for this price in the united states??? no, they are not. its US equivalent(328 instead of 330, though they have the same exact engine) only sells in the mid to upper forty thousand range. this is only one example. there are others but i think it is pretty easy to see my point using this one.

anywho............doesnt it scare anyone just a little that ford sold aston to a purse manufacturer?
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Great question, and one that many people have been asking.



Here’s the simple answer: the base price of a C1 Focus 3-door with a 1.4 liter engine in Europe is about $20,000.



Yes, the C1 is a great platform but it’s an expensive one. People in Europe pay more for their cars than we in the U.S. do, and they expect to get more car for it.



Imagine how few Focus’s Ford would sell in the U.S. if it carried a base price of twenty grand with a stick and a puny engine. They needed to hit a U.S. base price of about $14,000, so they stuck with the old platform and merely “refreshed” it.



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you didnt understand my previous post at all..........

another example:

in the Uk, a new golf gti costs roughly 21000 pounds which is a little over 40000 dollars.

essentially, we get the same exact gti that the british do. does it cost $40000 to buy a gti in the states?? no.
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