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Old 10-16-2003, 11:06 AM   #1
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Any Rice in a Focus?

I am new to Ford products, and since buying my Focus, I had a friend trying to tell me that I've really got a Mazda. Now I know there's a lot of ignorance out there (I've had several people look at my car and exclaim "oh you bought an Echo!) Yuk- all I can say to that one is that an Echo looks like a Focus that went through the crusher! Anyway, I know of some Mazda involvement with previous Fords (which I don't necessarily consider to be a bad thing), but I always understood that the Focus design came completely new out of Europe, and the door sticker on my car tells me it's made in Dearborn. So is there anything "Mazda" in the Focus? I can't see it- there is no physical resemblance to any Mazda product that I can see, and the Zetec engine looks like something that would come right out of Cosworth.

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Old 10-16-2003, 11:09 AM   #2
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First off...I think the word rice is incorrectly used in your post. Just because there is a possibility of having Mazda parts in the car doesn't mean that its rice.

I think the current model doesn't contain any Mazda parts, but the upcoming model will share a lot of parts with the new Mazda 3 and Volvo S40.

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Old 10-16-2003, 11:13 AM   #3
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your buds not too bright.. ford own mazda .. thats why he said that i suppose.. but the focus doesnt have any mazda in it. the design did come from ford but it was in europe for a while and doing rally before it ever came to the us.. i got a kick out of this, the focus is actually made for rally racing. the sedan was made for a us economy car. the zetec engine was a race engine made by cosworth for f1 and lm starting in the late 80's early 90's, the design of the zetec engine has components of cosworth but is made by ford.
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:58 AM   #4
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Ford doesn't own Mazda. They have controlling interest. They only own like 30%.
The new 2.3l engine is co-developed by Ford and Mazda. Its the same block in the Mazda 6i, and the upcoming Mazda 3, just with different heads and other little goodies.
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