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Old 05-29-2010, 08:35 PM   #651
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Right after I posted yesterday, I got an email from work for the Ford Partner Program. The 2010 Focus and Fusion are about $5000 off MSRP with the discount and incentives. I need to seriously look at that as an option.
The Fusion would be the better choice of the two...trust me.

Given that, both would not be worth much when trading-up in a few years...especially the Focus; prices will plummet 'til they are sold. Dealers won't want to be saddled with baggage.

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Old 05-30-2010, 06:48 AM   #652
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Bring back the 3 door hatch!!!
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:28 PM   #653
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Came across some offical Focus 2011 end of production date and 2012 order/scheduling and Job 1 dates from a poster over on BlueOvalNews who works in fleet.

The following information was released yesterday via the Fleet Distribution News Bulletin - May 28, 2010

11/05/10 - 2011 MY Job Last Date (the end of the C170)

09/06/10 - 2012 MY Order Bank Open Date get you orders in
12/09/10 - 2012 MY Scheduling Begins
01/03/11 - 2012 MY Job #1 Date
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:57 PM   #654
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Add some fresh pics just to remind how nice this car is going to be.
Pictures from 2010 Beijing Auto Show



Check the car in the rearview mirror (yeah it's the wagon)




Ths one is for Mr.Moose, picture of underneath the 5 door hatch Focus shows actual floor to bottom of car


Rear seat area 5 door hatch


Front seat area


EcoBoost 1.6L


Speedo is in km/h not mph


Rear seats and door



Leather dash top with centre speaker (surround sound no doubt)


Front door and controls



High quality leather wrap on steeringwheel


view ffrom front passenger seat


front cabin space


centre consol




Hope it is OK to load up so many pics, but these give a good example of the high quality materials used inside the cabin.
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Posted via FF Mobile Ghia these are perfect for this thread. Hopefully the ecoboost picture will make a few people stop complaining and finally realize that IT IS coming. Listen to me people!!! Lol
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Couple of observations:

The placement and shape of the parking brake handle is just hideous.

The asymmetrical contour (center console, outer trim) of the trim ring, just doesn't do it for me. The surround trim had to be relieved for the parking brake. As above, it's hideous.

The yellow stitching (yeah, I know, the car is yellow) is a glaring eyesore. It looks gay. Hideous.

I like the engine bay...nice.

The most egregious eyesore; the dash center console. It looks like it was designed by a 10 year old kid, speeding on his sixth bowl of Saturday morning Sugar Pops.

That should do it. Don't like it. YMMV. Hope it appeals to others on here, whose tastes are different. Maybe it would draw some praise (from me) in a different color. Time will tell.

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great pics, that Ecoboost looks pretty big, can't wait for reviews.
There's lots of parts from current Euro MkII model in this global MkIII (inside, engine). That's good, less chances to go wrong, cheaper!

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Couple of observations:

The placement and shape of the parking brake handle is just hideous.

The asymmetrical contour (center console, outer trim) of the trim ring, just doesn't do it for me. The surround trim had to be relieved for the parking brake. As above, it's hideous.

The yellow stitching (yeah, I know, the car is yellow) is a glaring eyesore. It looks gay. Hideous.

I like the engine bay...nice.

The most egregious eyesore; the dash center console. It looks like it was designed by a 10 year old kid, speeding on his sixth bowl of Saturday morning Sugar Pops.

That should do it. Don't like it. YMMV. Hope it appeals to others on here, whose tastes are different. Maybe it would draw some praise (from me) in a different color. Time will tell.

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Maybe the lower trim levels will be more to your liking. Agree on the hand brake position, but compromises had to be made to satisfy global market preferences, eg: large cup holders for USA, and location preference of the front heated seat dials, so instead of designing two separate centre tunnels we get a compromise. One positive regarding the forward hand brake is that one will not drive away with the hand brake on so easily

These pictures are of the lower trim level 2012 Focus, sorry the pics do not show the gear-shift centre tunnel area, but gives an idea how the toned down centre IP area looks.

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It's really starting to grow on me. I actually like the interior. Call me crazy but it sort of reminds me of a Lamborghini, with the materials used and its colorful stitching. LOVE IT!!! But I also agree that the center console area is a little too bling bling and busy. I just wish there was a mix of the upper trim level materials WITH toned down blacks/grays (instead of shiny/chrome crap everywhere).

The exterior styling is also starting to grow on me. Although I think I'd still want to lower it just a tad, but that's just me lol. I wish I can say 100% for sure that this'll be my next car... but the more I see how luxurious it is, the more I'm beginning to think how I probably won't be able to afford it. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if it started at $18k. I'll keep my eye on it though...
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Some like it!

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