02-22-2014, 10:19 AM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Originally Posted by dbsimms63
+ 1 I said this last year and people were griping at me for saying the same thing. Ford is an AMERICAN company, yet they give the better options and features to the rest of the world. I know, it would make the Focus more expensive, blah, blah, blah, but if I'm GIVEN the option to choose to pay more for these advanced safety features then at least give me that option to choose. Don't just simply deny me by not offering these items and upgrades in my market. If I could get a Euro spec Focus I'd swap mine tomorrow.
The problem is the fact that the highest trims of Focus aren't what Americans want. The same argument used then is pertinent now-Ford offers what will sell to the people that will buy it. It's pretty much irrelevant that they started out here. They owe us nothing and if anything the inverse is true-if we want the best possible options then we need to show that we're going to put our money where our mouth is and buy them.
I don't know the overall statistics, but I would be willing to bet that the overall sales statistics support exactly what we're seeing from Ford. In all honesty (and again, without knowing exact sales figures) I wouldn't be surprised if the ST stops getting offered to us. Americans, as a general rule, don't want/need to spend money on a high-end compact car due to our overall low fuel prices.
Trust me, I wish it was different. I'm one of those that would gladly spend some extra money for some of the extra options available overseas. But at the end of the day when I'm frustrated at the fact that I can't get adaptive cruise I blame other Americans-not Ford.
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