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Old 01-24-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Ford Set to Offer Manual Transmission in Top-Spec Focus Titanium



The redesigned 2012 Ford Focus is pretty popular here in the C/D office—we awarded it a 2012 10Best honor—and the same goes for manual transmissions. We like what happens when you put the two together, especially since it allows buyers to avoid the less-than-stellar dual-clutch automatic that’s offered in the Focus. The only problem with making this seemingly simple transmission choice is that not all Focus trim levels have been available with the three-pedal option. That’s why we’re happy to report that, per sources at Ford, the manual option is migrating this spring to the top-shelf Focus Titanium trim level.

Currently, the five-speed manual is only available on the base Focus S sedan and the mid-level SE sedan and hatch. The upmarket SEL and Titanium trims have been automatic-only, leaving enthusiasts seeking a Focus with all the trimmings out in the cold. (The SEL will remain automatic-only, and the turbocharged Focus ST will ship exclusively with a six-speed manual when it goes on sale later this year.) Regardless of transmission choice, the Titanium package includes MyFord Touch, front sport buckets, and 17-inch wheels as standard. An available handling package bundles a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels with summer tires.

We were told the decision to expand manual-transmission availability to the Titanium was guided by a combination of factors both within and outside of Ford, but the company is still taking a bit of a jump here. That’s because apparently enough customers have expressed interest in a top-spec manual Focus to make it happen—many asked specifically for a manual-equipped Titanium with the handling pack—but, so far, only about seven percent of buyers have chosen the stick in its available trims. The take rate may be low because of the transmission’s relatively limited availability, or because there actually isn’t all that much interest in it.

Either way, Ford will find out soon enough, as dealers have been told the manual-equipped Titaniums are on the way. We’ll consider the move a “win” for Save the Manuals fans everywhere.

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Boom goes the dynamite. Thanks to everyones' griping and wishing, Ford has responded
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Unfortunately, it's too late for me. This is actually the first time since April that I have had a moment of buyer's remorse regarding my Titanium. I would have definitely chosen the manual. Thats what I get for being an early adopter..
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wow very nice. I wonder how much cheaper it will make it, or how much more expensive for an automatic
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wow very nice. I wonder how much cheaper it will make it, or how much more expensive for an automatic


Posted via FF Mobile Yes, hopefully they dont keep the same price and just add another grand on for the automatic. I doubt it though. But if it does go down in price Im sure there will be more people getting the titnaium then optioning out a sporty SE since doing that will kick you up to the same price.
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This foretells my next new car :)
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It's about time...no more listening to people gripe about the powershift 6 speed LOL...well almost!
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...But if it does go down in price Im sure there will be more people getting the titnaium then optioning out a sporty SE since doing that will kick you up to the same price.
Hey, I love my 5MT hatchback with just about every available option... but It's true I didn't consider the Titanium due to it being autotradgic.

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serious just alittle to late now im just waitin for the ST
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