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As the Fusion grows, I think you will see things like this done to it. The Fusion NEEDS to be Fords bread and butter next to the F-150 because it is THE car for Ford now. Hopefully things will turn out good. We are only at the begining!
 

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The Fusion has just been born. If Ford is smart they will take this car and run with it. The design/frame/suspension is top notch. Ford is coming with AWD and a larger stronger V6. I feel Ford should offer 3 engines for this car. The new 3.5, 3.0 and a 2.3. Manual transmissions for all 3 engines. Ontop of this they should offer many variations in models. Sound familiar? Can you say F-series?.. Gving choice is what is gong to win this car sales. :)
 

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Well I don’t know if ford should just put all 3 engines out. But I do think Fusion's should be able to be specialty ordered with the 3.5 with manual. I can understand that not many people may want this or that and so on, so ford cant risk to lose money by putting cars out that people may not want. We need more options let the buyers buy what they want.
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as henry ford would say u can have any engine in your fusion as long as its a 2.3 or 3.0 :klavergreg:
 

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The American Focus is a POS. It is not really a bad car per se, better than the older corolla, civic, cavalier, etc. However, it does not fare well against the cobalt and new civic though it still basically is near the top of the heap in handling. Unfortunately, since ford must sell the car at $12k they can't make a very high quality product.

The European Focus/Volvo S40/V50/Mazda3 are amazing, the C1 platform is very very good. If ford was smart they would sell the Mazda3 with AWD. I would be getting that car instead of a fusion if that was the case. However, the C1 is way too expensive to sell mass market, though it could be done. The Euro Focus RS sells for 23k Pounds in Britain, comparable to almosts $40k. Now that is profit. The mazda3 and 6 were the lowest profit margins in FoMoCo. The 6 has increased their profit margins because of the Fusion's introduction and mass production (comapred to just the 6) of the C3 platform in Hermosillo, Mexico.
 

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Well said!

[quote author=pmoney link=topic=51392.msg822355#msg822355 date=1152840692]
The American Focus is a POS.  It is not really a bad car per se, better than the older corolla, civic, cavalier, etc.  However, it does not fare well against the cobalt and new civic though it still basically is near the top of the heap in handling.  Unfortunately, since ford must sell the car at $12k they can't make a very high quality product.

The European Focus/Volvo S40/V50/Mazda3 are amazing, the C1 platform is very very good.  If ford was smart they would sell the Mazda3 with AWD.  I would be getting that car instead of a fusion if that was the case.  However, the C1 is way too expensive to sell mass market, though it could be done.  The Euro Focus RS sells for 23k Pounds in Britain, comparable to almosts $40k.  Now that is profit.  The mazda3 and 6 were the lowest profit margins in FoMoCo.  The 6 has increased their profit margins because of the Fusion's introduction and mass production (comapred to just the 6) of the C3 platform in Hermosillo, Mexico.
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I recently heard that Ford looses quite a sum of money on every Focus that they sell. I don't remember the exact figure...but it was over $1000. Is this the same with all auto mfgs? Back in 1994 when I was a supervisor at Ford, it was well known that Ford lost money on every Escort that it sold. I guess that may be the reason that we are not blessed with the Euro Focus (which is quite amazing in person).
 

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[quote author=Metallicat link=topic=51392.msg822420#msg822420 date=1152842231]
I recently heard that Ford looses quite a sum of money on every Focus that they sell.  I don't remember the exact figure...but it was over $1000.  Is this the same with all auto mfgs?  Back in 1994 when I was a supervisor at Ford, it was well known that Ford lost money on every Escort that it sold.  I guess that may be the reason that we are not blessed with the Euro Focus (which is quite amazing in person). 
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If Ford would just put a little more effort in the American Focus, I believe the results would pay off. For starters, do a better job on the interior (make it more pleasing to look at). Do put all the controls on the steering wheel like the Fusion and Milan. Delete the rear drum brakes from the inventory. Make four-wheel disc brakes the standard.
Oh yes, the most important thing is to tell the whole world about it. (ADVERTISE). :?
 

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[quote author=Cross Bolt link=topic=51392.msg825374#msg825374 date=1152981494]
If Ford would just put a little more effort in the American Focus, I believe the results would pay off. For starters, do a better job on the interior (make it more pleasing to look at). Do put all the controls on the steering wheel like the Fusion and Milan. Delete the rear drum brakes from the inventory. Make four-wheel disc brakes the standard.
Oh yes, the most important thing is to tell the whole world about it. (ADVERTISE). :?
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Make it more like a Mazda3!
 

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Before I got my Fusion I owned a 2002 Focus ZX3. I think it was a pretty sharp car and the interior was pretty cool as well. I think they have toned down the new focuses to the point where they are plain and boring. I have no clue why they did this, maybe to appeal to older drivers? I had no major issues with the car in 4 years/64k miles.
 

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[quote author=Metallicat link=topic=51392.msg826160#msg826160 date=1153028265]
[quote author=Cross Bolt link=topic=51392.msg825374#msg825374 date=1152981494]
If Ford would just put a little more effort in the American Focus, I believe the results would pay off. For starters, do a better job on the interior (make it more pleasing to look at). Do put all the controls on the steering wheel like the Fusion and Milan. Delete the rear drum brakes from the inventory. Make four-wheel disc brakes the standard.
Oh yes, the most important thing is to tell the whole world about it. (ADVERTISE). :?
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Make it more like a Mazda3! 
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You are absolutely spot on! :eek:
 

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Also: Get rid of those four lug wheels. Ford needs to stick with the five lug standard,if for nothing else, the perception of quality.
 

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[quote author=pmoney link=topic=51392.msg822355#msg822355 date=1152840692]
The American Focus is a POS. It is not really a bad car per se, better than the older corolla, civic, cavalier, etc. However, it does not fare well against the cobalt and new civic though it still basically is near the top of the heap in handling. Unfortunately, since ford must sell the car at $12k they can't make a very high quality product.
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You're kidding, right? The Cobalt is a horrific, pathetic excuse for a vehicle. I thought the Cavalier was bad - the Cobalt is worlds worse. I mean, come on, it's a GM vehicle. If it was built 30 years ago I'd say yes, perhaps it's good. Considering that it's a modern day GM product, Kia has better quality.
 
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