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2009 Focus to get "significant" exterior updates

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On Saturday, May 17th FocusSport will be hosting a "reveal" event for the new 2009 Focus. Ford Motor Company will be showcasing the new 2009 Focus here at FocusSport from 11am to 2pm. Focus brand manager, Sam De La Garza and other Ford PR staff will be at the event to talk with attendees and answer questions.

The 2009 Focus has undergone some exterior changes and that is the reason for this event. And this isn't like before where there was a minor tweek to the fog lights, this is more significant from what I have heard. As far as I know, no images of the revised exterior have been released or leaked.

Along with the new 2009 Focus, we'll also have our Grand Prize winning 2008 Street Tuner Challenge Focus and our award winning 2008 SEMA Focus on display.

http://forums.focaljet.com/focussport/5799...-5-17-08-a.html

Ford is on a roll lately. New Taurus styling coming soon, and now a new Focus in a couple weeks. It seems like they are finally listening to people and making the changes right away rather than waiting a few years for the refresh.

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I've seen quite a few of the current rental-queens zipping around lately. What are it's sales numbers? Funny how they almost treated it like a full redesign in the marketing but are so quick to push out the current model. That Mullaly really means business. Good man.

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For some reason I am actually really liking what is going on at Ford, for the future. The thinking there is beginning to change, thanks in part to Mullaly. They will not sit idle with their mistakes. If they realize a problem, they go back and fix it and try again.

These short-run models and frequent product enhancement cycles also make things interesting for the buyer. I hope that they somehow catch on again with GM management and Chrysler Corp. management, as well with other automakers. For Ford, I also hope that this goes past products with design flaws and issues, like the Focus, and extends to products that make good impact after their first year on market, like the Fusion.

All I can say is, keep that show going Ford. You are now on my personal radar. :thumbsup:

As for this "new and improved" Focus, I hope that it is on a level of design and quality matching the Euro Focus.

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So far Ford is the only oen of the 3 to actually deliver on it's promise of improving flawed models. Chryser has yet to do anything besides cut models. Where are those interior updates?

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OK I guess the buyers responsible for an 88% increase in retail sales are wrong? Oh well, I'll look forward to seeing it.
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So far Ford is the only oen of the 3 to actually deliver on it's promise of improving flawed models. Chryser has yet to do anything besides cut models. Where are those interior updates?

I do think that they have fixed some serious build quality issues...the last few chrysler products I have seen up close have been quite nice...

Chris

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If they just brought the European version here in the first place they wouldn't have to do an extensive overhaul of the exterior. Ford just doesn't get it when it comes to this car. Just when you think the Focus is looking promising they come out with the most recent model and take two steps back.

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I hope they fix the C pillar and rear end. The interior and front end seem to be well accepted (dear God please get rid of the 'vents').

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I have the scoop, they are changing the name too!

ESCORT!!!!111

Would you put it past them?

(Ford is crazy) :pbjtime:

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I have the scoop, they are changing the name too!

ESCORT!!!!111

Would you put it past them?

(Ford is crazy) :pbjtime:

Yeah, and change the name of the Fusion to Tempo...it would be like 1986 all over again..Escort..Tempo..Taurus. :)

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Yeah, and change the name of the Fusion to Tempo...it would be like 1986 all over again..Escort..Tempo..Taurus. :)

I though Fusion was going to be Contour? :yes:

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I hope they fix the C pillar and rear end. The interior and front end seem to be well accepted (dear God please get rid of the 'vents').

Knowing the car business internally as I do, I think the best we can hope for are restyled front- and- rear ends. "Hard points" are very difficult, time-consuming, and costly to change (especially in such a short time.) I don't think the profile/greehouse/doors will change much, if at all.

From looking at the car, it would appear that sheetmetal from the A-pillar forward could be changed relatively easily......but at the rear, from how the C-pillar blends into the sheetmetal, we might just see some new taillights, bumper, etc.

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Knowing the car business internally as I do, I think the best we can hope for are restyled front- and- rear ends. "Hard points" are very difficult, time-consuming, and costly to change (especially in such a short time.) I don't think the profile/greehouse/doors will change much, if at all.

From looking at the car, it would appear that sheetmetal from the A-pillar forward could be changed relatively easily......but at the rear, from how the C-pillar blends into the sheetmetal, we might just see some new taillights, bumper, etc.

Thanks for the insight.

I guess some change is better than no change.

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I can imagine a new grille (maybe two-bar?), front bumper, and set of headlights making quite a difference. Add some tinted tail lights (a la Jetta), a slightly lowered ride height (jacked up after the redesign), more colors (gray, please), and some decent wheels (you can still get the same 15" alloys that were available in 2000), and it could look pretty decent.

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I can imagine a new grille (maybe two-bar?), front bumper, and set of headlights making quite a difference. Add some tinted tail lights (a la Jetta), a slightly lowered ride height (jacked up after the redesign), more colors (gray, please), and some decent wheels (you can still get the same 15" alloys that were available in 2000), and it could look pretty decent.

Yeah! That sounds good! :thumbsup:

I bet they will give it more euro cues, ala forthcomming Taurus and Fiesta.

Maybe a gaping maw?

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Well, nobody updated this, but the pictures have been up at Autoblog for a couple of days, showing a metallic red '09 SES coupe. The bumpers are new (with a hint of a gaping maw), the fender vents are gone, it has a small roof spoiler over the back window, the chrome grille has been changed to more of a bronze color, it has multi-spoke 17" rims akin to the old Focus SVT rims, and it has a few more hp with a snarling new exhaust sound when equipped with a manual transmission. New gearing for manual and automatic versions makes it quicker, yet no less fuel efficient.
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How in the hell does that count as a "significant" update? Other than the lack of fender vents, I can't tell a difference to be honest (without looking at 08s for comparison).

The rear roof spoiler looks tacky. They made the rear worse IMO.

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09focuscoupe_01.jpg

09focuscoupe_04.jpg

Meh...

Prices are up across the range.

The base S model ($14,300) is now dropped. Entry model is the SE (starts at $15,920, up from $15,130), with the range topper being the SES (starts at $17,340, up from $16,475).

If you get ABS, it comes with stability control (for the first time in a Focus).

I think they are getting people ready for the price hit of a Euro-Focus.

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I wouldn't exactly call this a "significant" exterior overhaul. I realize that they wouldn't be changing the overall shape of the coupe or sedan, but I was hoping that they would perform a "kinetic" style nose job to the front end. I am a little disappointed, although I do think the car looks much better with the new bumper and wheels and the removal of the awkwardly hideous faux side vent. The car has been a success for Ford overall, even with its rather homely and cheap looking front end design. I hope the success of this generation gives them the economic boost that they need to successfully merge the design/engineering of their next generation U.S. products with the superior products that they sell in Europe. I'm hoping that the current generation Focus is short lived and that we will see the Euro inspired "kinetic" next generation car for the 2011 model year.

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I'm not quite sure of the functionality or benefits of the roof mounted rear spoiler, but I think it looks odd and ridiculous in this application. Roof mounted spoilers look cool on hatchback cars, not on notchback coupes or on hatchbacks that are styled to look like notchback coupes (such as the Scion tC).

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It still has that AMC Concord, my tires are too big for my wheel wells but still too small for the car, like stance.

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Cheers to Ford gettting this out early. It looks like an improvement.

Jeers to the roof mounted spoiler. WTF were they thinking?

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