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Old 12-15-2008, 01:49 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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I resisted to put this up for some time. Ford WILL bring the Fiesta back to the US market. They announced it today. With the gas prices going down, do you think this would be the saving grace for Ford? But, the OPEC countries are cutting back the production of oil as we speak and that will drive prices back up to where they were in July '08. Could one car save a company? Is it too late? It won't be out 'til 2010. Can Ford survive until then? Discuss!

Ford confirms Fiesta for U.S. in early 2010 - [2011 Ford Fiesta] - MotorAuthority - Car news, reviews, spy shots
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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It's not too bad, it could use some better looking wheels though. It least it doesn't look like a clown car like the Honda Fit does.
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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Ford's saving grace will be good cars - it, like GM, is importing cars from overseas because that's where its been making good cars (to compete with good foreign cars), not the garbage we've been getting for the last 25 years as US automakers milked patriotism and brand loyalty for car sales.


The Fiesta is the type of car Ford needs here, same with the Mondeo imo. Also, we discussed this in another thread recently, with a link to a video review of the car.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:05 PM
 
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Looks like so many others really.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:07 PM
 
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I'm happy with several of Ford's current products already.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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The Euro-spec cars that both Ford and GM have would be very hekpful here.

The problem is that, in Europe, the Focus a entry-level premium car and here its an economy car.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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I was disappointed to see it wasn't a diesel. If the big three really want to sell some cars here, all they have to do is give us 70mpg diesels instead of 35mpg gas burners.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I was disappointed to see it wasn't a diesel. If the big three really want to sell some cars here, all they have to do is give us 70mpg diesels instead of 35mpg gas burners.

The USA is exceptionally unfirendly towards diesels.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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What they need is the Australian Ford Falcon.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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The Euro-spec cars that both Ford and GM have would be very hekpful here.

The problem is that, in Europe, the Focus a entry-level premium car and here its an economy car.
Here in Europe there is a full range of Ford Focuses or whatever the plural of Focus is! Many different levels of equipment and engine sizes. From a basic 3door hatch to 5 door hatchbacks and estates or station wagons, with all the equipment.

If Ford now introduce the Fiesta to the USA, surely they should offer the same full range as Europe, rather than just one model, otherwise it will surely fail.

Certainly in the UK people are changing to smaller cars. We have to pay an annual road tax here to drive on the roads. (Instead of tolls). Alot of SUVs and 4x4 models will soon be more expensively taxed to try and force bigger engined cars off the road. Tax incentives are being introduced too for small diesel cars. Also our petrol and diesel is alot more expensive persuading people further.

Out of interest are Americans switching to smaller models yet, if not do you think that will happen? And are people holding onto their existing cars longer which is causing the problems that GM and Ford are facing, or are they just now building trucks and cars that the public don't want to buy?
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