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FORD FOCUS 2008- USA Today

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Brakes: Front brake calipers were made from high-strength aluminum instead of steel. The hand brake mechanisms and cables were also optimized. Weight savings: 7.5 pounds.

Rear seats: The rear seat back was blow-molded, seat cushions were redesigned and lightweight side bolsters were used. Weight savings: 10.7 pounds.

Carpeting: The base layer of the trunk carpeting was made out of a sheet-molded compound for maximum load-carrying capacity and minimum weight. Weight savings: 3 pounds.

Engine and transmission cooling: The cooling system was redesigned, giving the 2008 Focus a new overflow bottle, a new combined radiator-and-cooling fan and combined air conditioning and transmission coolers. Weight savings: 3.6 pounds.

Air conditioning compressor: A new technology compressor has a higher capacity but is lighter. Weight savings: 1.2 pounds.

Body: High-strength steel, new structural adhesives make it more rigid and lighter. Weight savings: 3.7 pounds.

Powertrain: The engine and transmission control modules are now installed in the engine compartment, and the throttle control is now electronic. New constant velocity joints are lighter. Weight savings: 6 pounds.

Wheels: Two-thirds of the 2008 Focus fleet will be equipped with aluminum wheels, which are lighter. Weight savings: 22 pounds.

Tire mobility kit: Some Focus models will offer the easy-to-use tire mobility kit, which provides for inflation of a tire with low pressure. Weight savings: 6.9 pounds.

Braces: The lower rear fascia brackets behind the rear wheels were replaced by "pencil" braces. Weight savings: 1.5 pounds.

Dozens of other miscellaneous measures were taken to trim weight.

Weight savings: 38 pounds.

Source: Ford

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"Gas guzzling horsepower"


It's dumb people like this that will be the death of fun cars.

I mean, sure HP makes a difference, but it's not like throwing a turbo on your 4 cylinder equates it to an SUV.

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I think they also left the headrests off the backseats too, if I remember correctly. Is that also a weight saving measure or purely a cost shaving measure (at the expense of safety and/or comfort)?

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Egad, I was already scared to ride in a Focus. Now they are "weight saving"? LOL


Can't wait to see the plastic rotors on that baby! 1.1 pounds!


Safety and comfort shouldn't be sacrificed for weight. This is terrible.

Right reg?

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GM needs to make some weight savings with the new Malibu, the G6 and the Saturn Aura. These cars are all way heavier than they should be.

This needs to happen with every manufacturer across the board, put all your vehicle lines on a diet!!

Don't forget about the new Vue, everyone keeps saying how fat the thing is for how small it is.

Edited by RJB

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