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Old 03-02-2007, 10:39 PM   #1
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Thumbs up 2008 Focus SEL coupe pics, upclose and personal

From the Milwaukee auto show.

After asking for some close-up pics of the 2008 Focus SEL they had up on a revolving stage they shut down the revolving and let me up on the stage and a very helpful Ford rep spent some time answering questions for me.

Now some of this stuff is probably already known by quite a few but some of the things new to me were:

- Two engines. A 2.0E that is a near zero emissions setup and a 2.3. I had originally heard only a 2.0. UPDATE: Oops, the wife says she said 2.0 and 2.0e, not 2.3 (hey it sounds close)

- A system called SYNC that was developed with Microsoft will be available. This handy dandy little thing will allow you to simply say what song you want your iPod to play and this will take care of the rest. It does many other things as well, I just have to read over it.

- Adjustable ambient lighting. Up to seven different colors.

- The dash gauges will be backlit blue with white gauges. I don't know if the ambient light changes will effect this.

A big thanks to that Ford rep and she said that she hopes this is all helpful to those out on FocusFanatics.com

Overall I liked it what I saw it, but it definitely needs bigger rims.

Anyway, here are the pics I was able to snap off.

















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Old 03-02-2007, 10:50 PM   #2
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Alright, I'm so getting one, I should start kissing the ST goodbye.
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:51 PM   #3
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Ill get 1..........for my grandma.
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:53 PM   #4
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when i first saw the pics of this car, i thought they were pretty lame. turns out, i still do.

look at that ridiculous speedo.
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uggh....ok...no 2.3...my opinions still stand, lol.
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The assend looks too much of a Saturn to me but teh front and interior ARE GREAT!!!!
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Old 03-02-2007, 11:01 PM   #7
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i actually think the back looks ok for the most part...but the tails nees to be a little bit bigger IMO.
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It is definately starting to grow on me. The option of the 2.3 is definately a good thing. I really like the interior and the SYNC sounds cool. Those seats look really comfortable too. I say it has potential once some aftermarket items are added. 1st gen. foci are still the best by far.
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While I like aspects of this, I think I like the new Astra more. From this side of my computer monitor at least, I'll go look at each in person when they hit showrooms.
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look at that ridiculous speedo.
That speedo is actually pretty damn nice and follows the design lines of quite a few compacts. Once you see one in person, take the time to sit in the drivers seat and get a feel for the car, you WILL like this dash.

Here are links out to full size pics of the dash, media center and climate control

http://www.webtrendsguy.com/images/focus/2008/60a.jpg
http://www.webtrendsguy.com/images/focus/2008/72a.jpg
http://www.webtrendsguy.com/images/focus/2008/63a.jpg

A slightly diff shot of the dash

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