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Old 01-29-2008, 09:56 AM   #1
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A friend of mine is hoping to move across the pond later this year to go live in Florida, so as I'm soooo bored at the moment (and it's raining) I thought I'd look at a few comparisons with the American Focus and the UK version.

I know we pay far more over in the UK...I paid 21,000 (nearly $42,000) for mine straight out of the showroom, but even the basic of basic models here start at 12,000 (about $23,000) where your basic model is only $15,000 (7,500).

Looking at the spec though it seems they throw more technology our way for some reason. The UK cars have Xenon or Bi-Xenon headlamps, the USA version only lists halogen. Adaptive front lighting - the headlights turn in the direction of travel at lower speeds so you can see the corner better.

Mine has auto headlamps and auto wipers and a 6 speed manual with the diesel engine is available (if I wanted that! - petrol will do just fine).

These are some of the equipment we get over here but Ford USA don't seem to list this sort of stuff.

Are we paying more for the techology???? As well as for the petrol at the pump ($9.30 a gallon I think it equates to at the moment).

Anyone got any thoughts while I'm bored and it's raining?????


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You guys have all the cool stuff.....grrr. Oh yeah, and it costs less because we make it here. :) Lets get a racket going to import UK parts for cheaps
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It's kind of difficult to do a one to one comparison. The Focus is a midsize car over there. It's a compact here and Americans don't have a mindset for paying a lot for a compact car. It's unfortunate but it's true. That is the biggest reason why the Focus here doesn't offer the higher end options. You have to move up to a larger vehicle to find those options here (for the most part). It seems to be changing some but not enough for me.
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i gotta admit i could never understand the american way of needing a 'big' engine. my other focus is only a 1.4 (shopping trolley) but will still do 100mph easily, and more ecenomically!
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i gotta admit i could never understand the american way of needing a 'big' engine. my other focus is only a 1.4 (shopping trolley) but will still do 100mph easily, and more ecenomically!
It's the whole "mine is bigger than yours" mentality. It's the same reason people think a 400hp car is going to automatically be faster than a 300hp car. There is much more to it than just size and numbers.
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It's the whole "mine is bigger than yours" mentality. It's the same reason people think a 400hp car is going to automatically be faster than a 300hp car. There is much more to it than just size and numbers.
Absolutely correct.

Also, unlike Europe with it's numerous small twisty roads, we have lots of straight open areas with wide highways. Our towns are even built to handle traffic a little bit better, so size isn't an issue. The thing I noticed about Europe when I was there, was it was like the towns were built before cars even existed and there wasn't a need for wide roads to accommodate them. Small cars are a necessity. Europeans also tax the hell out of gasoline. $9.30 a gallon! And we are complaining? It's a third the cost over here.
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I would rather live and pay for the cars in Europe than America. I like the style's better and the taste of small little fun handling cars. Whats the point of having a big v8 and going fast in a straight line when it can't take a decaent corner with out going sideways......

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