2001 Ford Focus Review

2017
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As a former film student, I have always marveled at the magic of the movies. Specifically, I mean the sheer physical magic by which a series of discreet, still photographs springs alive into motion before our very eyes. By means of the neuro-ocular quirk identified as "persistence of vision," our minds simply refuse to acknowledge the staccato blur of 24 frames-per-second streaming past, no matter how hard we focus on the screen.

Even though it's illogical to equate static images with moving reality, we defer to a persistent mental interpreter that allows us to give in to the illusion of motion--otherwise, we'd be hopelessly distracted and we'd never keep up with the story. All this has very little to do with automobiles, of course, and yet it's uncanny how faithfully the new Ford Focus suite of subcompacts depends on this same technique in pursuit of that automotive holy grail, the World Car.

A New World Car

It has been Ford's persistent vision, after all, to design, build, and sell a nearly identical car in all the world's markets--for the betterment of global commuters and the enrichment of the corporate treasury. In 1981, the Ford Escort/Mercury Lynx was meant to be just such a car; and if you count the countries and continents where this functional econobox appeared, its diffusion was global indeed. But on the one continent that mattered then and matters still—all-dominant North America—overall sales of the car were a dud. At least Escort/Lynx didn't consume the more than $6 billion in development costs that have resulted 18 years later in the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique fiasco. Despite the rave, and deserved, success of the European Ford Mondeo—from which the Contour/Mystique platform was derived—upscale, $20,000 sport-sedans that emphasize sophistication over size apparently have no place in U.S. driveways.

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August 5, 2015
2001 Ford Focus 4-Door Wagon SE

Go Focus Go

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I own the car around two years and absolutely nothing went wrong.. I put around 80 000 km in two years.. this car is specious comparing to other car in the same category... visibility is one of the best...very... + More »
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February 25, 2017
2016 Ford Focus 5-Door HB ST

One little hot rod and loads of fun.

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I've driven lots of cars but my Focus ST is just about as fun as it gets. I want to drive it every day just for the nimble feel and the great acceleration. The seats are perfect and the electronics are... + More »
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January 31, 2017
2016 Ford Focus 4-Door Sedan SE

This car surprised the hell out of me

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My previous car to this 2016 Ford Focus was a 2007 Mustang. Getting in and out of the Mustang was always uncomfortable and I'm a fit 6' 210 lb guy. The Mustang in a nutshell.. terrible brakes, blind spots and... + More »
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