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Old 02-28-2006, 08:32 AM   #1
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New Rumor about 2008 Focus

A member posted this on fj. He originally found it on the Autoweek forums (posted there on 2/18/06).. I didn't manage to find it there, but I am not very familiar with the Autoweek forums...

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I've read that Ford CEO Bill Ford was not thrilled that the North American market Focus is still based on the last generation model, and as such has pretty much put Ford on a fast-accelerated development program for the next-generation model.

I expect Ford to probably unveil the third-generation Focus--which will again be a single worldwide design--as early as the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2007, with the US market getting the car first before Ford of Europe's factories switch over to the new model in Summer 2008. Probably developed in cooperation with Mazda, it will spawn the next-generation Mazda3 and will like be the basis for the successor to the Volvo S40/V50 models now sold worldwide.
It made my day... it is in line what has been rumored about Mark Fields and Bill Ford before, that they have been trying to solve the Focus mess, but could not justify the expense of bringing the C1 over in the middle of its life cycle.
In that context, this would actually make sense.. the C2 (or whatever they will call it) platform would need to be released by about 2009 anyways, as the C-Max is growing old (the first C1 car), this would speed it up only by 1 or 2 years.

Some more nervous expectation to hold on to for over a year now...
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:36 AM   #2
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This made my day. I can't wait.
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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Hmmm, sounds interesting, I wonder if they will ever offer a FI model in the Focus line-up. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:40 AM   #4
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Just to be sure it is understood.. and that there is no confusion - I want to point this out:

THIS IS A RUMOR.

EVEN BETTER THIS IS A SECOND HAND RUMOR, BECASUE IT HAS BEEN FILTERED THROUGH 2 FORUMS ALREADY.

THERE IS NO WAY TO VERIFY THE CREDIBILITY OF THIS SOURCE DUE TO THIS BEING A SECOND HAND RUMOR. PLEASE, EVERYONE, TAKE IT AS SUCH.. THERE IS NO PRESS RELEASE. THIS IS NOT FROM A MAGAZINE OR SOMETHING... JUST FROM AW FORUMS ....


I like spreading rumors, because hat is all we have, but I want to make sure this is clear, so we do not get into some sort of a forum fight.

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Old 02-28-2006, 08:51 AM   #5
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shame on you gossiper. :P

It would be great to see this happen though
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:53 AM   #6
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shame on you gossiper. :P

It would be great to see this happen though
no I know, it is just sometimes rumors get taken as true info, or someone perceives that the original post misrepresents the rumor as more official than it really is...

I wanted to make sure this is understood.. this is no small rumor about nicer wheels on next year model.. this is BIG (at least to me).. so I wanted to make sure it is understood it is still just a rumor.

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agreed a new focus that everyone in the world gets is excellent
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I am surprised not more people were interested in replying... this is big news..

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i hope it happens and when it does they bring out a badass svt
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I am surprised not more people were interested in replying... this is big news..

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But it's not news, it's a rumor, remember?
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