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Old 10-22-2017, 12:56 AM
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the only wagon he'll consider is a Lamborghini
Too bad you cant take that up brokeback mountain with your cowboy buddies ;) .
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Old 10-22-2017, 01:52 AM
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...reliability has been a major problem, particularly relating to transmission failures. Ford's response has been less than helpful...
The dual-clutch transmissions used in the Fiesta and Focus are terrible. DCTs don't deliver astoundingly better MPG, so why not just go with a 9 speed that probably would? With Ford, who knows.
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Old 10-22-2017, 04:45 AM
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Too bad you cant take that up brokeback mountain with your cowboy buddies ;) .
? when you did it, how did it go?
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Old 10-22-2017, 08:32 AM
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The number-crunchers here in Australia are not even sure if they will offer the new Fiesta or Focus. Shortsighted as always. And i was hoping they would add the wagon here as they do in New Zealand.
I think the Focus might make it, the Fiesta might not.
Odd thing is now that Ford solved the Fiesta's main issue (by ditching the PowerShift on the new gen model), its future in the region is unsure.
There were rumors that Ford could import the hot-hatch Fiesta ST to Australia from Europe.

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Old 10-22-2017, 01:39 PM
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I think the Focus might make it, the Fiesta might not.
Odd thing is now that Ford solved the Fiesta's main issue (by ditching the PowerShift on the new gen model), its future in the region is unsure.
There were rumors that Ford could import the hot-hatch Fiesta ST to Australia from Europe.
That was only part of its problems. Built quality isn't up to scratch with the competition here again due to the Thai factory cars. If they can sort those things out its still worth selling it here even if it sells less than ideal. The other sad thing with some cars sold in Australia is that you don't get the full list of customization or trims, with all non-ST Fiesta and Focus cars only getting the duller grey or black interiors. Anyway we will see soon enough i guess
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Old 10-22-2017, 01:43 PM
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Granted, I know nothing about Oz, but the Focus would seem to be a fairly universal product for any market. Does the Golf sell well there?
Yes the Golf is a big seller, people have shifted from 'home brands' like Ford and Holden to the German brands even though cars like the Corolla hatch, Mazda3 and i30 sell in larger numbers. The Focus still makes sense for Australia, they just need to get their s*** together and make sure wherever the car is imported from matches in quality with what's on offer in Europe. I'm a big Ford fan as you know but i'd still opt for a new Golf, Mazda3, Civic sedan or Octavia wagon over a Focus due to the quality issues. The next Focus is as big as the Civic, if they price it within Corolla/i30 range it will do well.
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Appears to be a marketing strategy

https://www.motor1.com/news/186496/2...tchback-spied/
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Old 11-14-2017, 03:47 AM
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I think this looks like a winner overall...although I'm tired of this Ford face and it looks a little tired here (that and I miss the third window behind the C-pillar).
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Old 11-14-2017, 04:19 AM
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I'm liking this a lot. Something with the proportions and greenhouse is really nice (window kink is done well, thank god no floating roof). The Aston grille is working well still, but I do agree Ford needs to try something new.

The outgoing Focus was never very attractive or interesting so this model doesn't stand to lose much character. All the details look like improvements over the old one.
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Old 11-14-2017, 05:06 AM
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It's a huge leap forward from the current dated car, but I'd have liked to have seen something beyond the Aston grille. I'm wondering if a sedan is in the works, because I want no part of a hatchback. If there is a sedan version, I will buy one when my Fusion lease is up.
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