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Old 09-05-2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Why is the American focus de-contented?

I have a good friend recently moved from here in Canada to Munich, Germany for a job he was offered in his field of education. Since he is permanently living there, he sold his 2010 Ford F-150 XLT and 2012 Focus Titanium (black, loaded w/sport pack, beautiful car) that he loved and just bought a new black Focus Titanium in Germany. He got it spec'd with the 182HP 1.6L Ecoboost and 6spd manual (A setup I'd kill to have on my car, ditch the dual clutch in a heartbeat). He got his car loaded with everything including the same wheels available on the sport package. He told me about all the features that came on his car that were unavailable on his american spec car, like HID projector headlights, BLIS and adaptive cruise control. His car also has a sony stereo, but no MyFordTouch. Just a slew of buttons with a small screen up top like the base cars here. His American spec car had the DCT and he claims that his euro car drives so much nicer than his american one. The Ecoboost is a perfect fit for the car apparently.

I was recently overseas in Europe in April, I saw a few top-end Foci running around. Those black/black Titanium cars with the non-amber accented dark finish HID headlights with LED running lights are downright crisp, clean and sexy.

Not that I really care about any of those features other than the HID headlights and powertrain choices, but why does Ford de-content the Focus for the American market? I know in Europe small cars are the best selling type of car so it makes sense to have features like those available, but if manufacturers and politicians want Americans to downsize their vehicles, doesn't it make sense to at least offer those features? Especially the powertrain choices..We should have 1.6L Ecoboost engines available with 6 speed manuals if we want. Maybe it would lift some of the flack regarding the PowerShit 6 speed auto. I always thought the Focus was going to be available with an Ecoboost at some point in time, but it doesn't appear to be in the plans just yet.

What do you guys think? Should we be seeing some more Euro-spec features and engines here in America?


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Old 09-05-2013, 11:59 PM   #2
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I loved Germany. I'm already saving up for another trip over there. The beer, women, schnitzel and Foci were all better than anything local I've seen!
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I would love me a Ecoboost 6 speed Sedan. It could be the Focus SHO, the small sized Taurus SHO.
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I would love me a Ecoboost 6 speed Sedan. It could be the Focus SHO, the small sized Taurus SHO.
If they offered that combo I'd trade up in an instant. The 2.0L used now is a great engine (hooked up to an unfortunate transmission) but nothing revolutionary. I like tech and there's no reason that an Ecoboost couldn't pull 43+ MPG in SFE flavour vs the standard 2.0L. Hell, My F-150 w/Ecoboost pulls 21-25 MPG with larger tires and a tune..Unheard of in a pickup. Anyways..

HID projector headlights, especially OEM, are nice to have as well. The standard halogens used on my truck and the Focus are awful, and I've retrofitted FXR projectors into my pickup and will likely eventually do the same on the Focus when it's out of the shop. Just one of those things that'd be nice to not have to change. First world problems, eh?
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The 2.0L used now is a great engine (hooked up to an unfortunate transmission) but nothing revolutionary.
I don't feel that the MTX75 is "unfortunate". Yes, it could use another cog for economy, but it is a durable, proven transmission that has improved greatly in refinement since the MK1. It's not "revolutionary" either, but it works very well.
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I don't feel that the MTX75 is "unfortunate". Yes, it could use another cog for economy, but it is a durable, proven transmission that has improved greatly in refinement since the MK1. It's not "revolutionary" either, but it works very well.
I was assuming the "unfortunate" transmission was the DCT. I can't imagine someone complaining about the MTX-75, it's a great transmission. Sure it's no good for people that need to compare specs, but it's nice.
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I was assuming the "unfortunate" transmission was the DCT. I can't imagine someone complaining about the MTX-75, it's a great transmission. Sure it's no good for people that need to compare specs, but it's nice.
Yeah, I assumed that also. I just wanted to point out that the 2.0 isn't always paired with an "unfortunate" transmission, as it seemingly was implied by the post I was quoting.
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I wonder why ford offers a better product in Europe with their crumbling car market then here in the US. A 1.6 EcoBoost 182 hp 6 speed Focus sounds sweet...
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Money. They pay a LOT more for the same car, but get all the added bells and whistles..
The average Euro car cost about $10,000. to $15,000 MORE than the same car in the USA.
Like a Subaru $22.690 USA
exact same car in Germany $40,331
Do not forget a big chunk is the VAT tax. Then Euro folks can get bigger discounts than US folks.. (up to 42%)

IMO a lot of it is folks in the USA will NOT pay an additional several thousand for trinkets.. Where apparently Europeans will.
The USA has a GOLDEN cheap supply of cars unlike anywhere else.
We are used to getting a deal, and just do not buy if it is not a money value.
Even Canadians pay a bunch more for the exact same car sold across in the USA.
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