Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Sunny Melbourne, Victoria
Re: Fiesta Brochures.
No the base model will match or slightly top the Barina base model. The specced up Zetec model Fiesta with manual, 16" alloys and body kit will actually still come in under 20k, word from Ford itself. The CL will definitely NOT be going as it is a volume seller for the Focus and would be a VERY stupid decision on Ford's behalf. Trust me, the Fiesta would never ever undercut sales of one of Ford's own cars. It would be a decision similar to introducing a specced up Mondeo and dropping the XT Falcon. Neither car would benefit.
As owner of a Zetec I can also assure you that in NO WAY will the Zetec become the base model Focus. It barely sells itself. There's just too much kit in it to sell as a base model car for what is already $27k. Pure business, the base model will always be the volume seller, or at least the next model up (LX for the Focus and the Futura for the Falcon range). That leaves a potential gap of 7k between both ranges and who in their right mind would pay 20k for a base model hubcapped Fiesta when they could get an Astra with more everything for the same price. The Fiesta will almost mimic the Barina exactly when it surfaces, even in price, just as the Focus mimics the Astra. Both cars were designed to compete in Europe and it will be no different here.
Fiesta has lots of kit for the $$$ purely because it has to. It can't just equal the Barina and Mazda 2, it has to AT LEAST match and then some, being a brand new release. That further justifies the increase on price over a Barina, by perhaps a few hundred dollars each model.
2002 Ford Focus Zetec - Machine Silver - 3 door
2 1/4 inch Cat-Back Exhaust, 40mm KW Lowering Springs, K&N Panel Filter, ST170 Indicators, Zetec Floor Mats, Darkest Legal Tint, Genuine 15 Rear Wheel kW FPV Sticker
European Ford Owners Club - Southern Region President
Last edited by Zetec; 10-30-03 at 06:37 AM.