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Focus Aus Engines ?

Who chooses the engines that go into our FOCI ?
I was reading an article in Car and Driver.
Yanks get the 2.3 145bhp, as standard in 6 States and optional elsewhere.
The base model gets the 2.0 engine as standard. No 1.8. The SVT gets a 170bhp engine. Why doesn't Aus get the 2.3 as an option ? If Aus got the 2.3 as standard, it would sell. Maybe Mr Gorman needs to rethink Aus engines, if he wants the car to sell.
Car and Driver state " Our favorite Foci continue to be the SVT versions, with their sport tuned suspensions and 170bhp engines. But even the humblest hasn't forgotten how to have fun."


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Re: Focus Aus Engines ?

Our focus' come from Europe where the ones in the states from from Mexico, which is why they have totally different engines.

The Euro focus' only have the 1.8/2.0/1.4/TDi etc etc not the 2.3

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Re: Focus Aus Engines ?

I'd take the Aussie/Euro Foci even with their 1.8 over the US Foci anyday. But the next model will almost 200% definitely be standard with the 2.0 and optional with the 2.3 just like the Mazda 3 (Focus in drag)

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Re: Focus Aus Engines ?

I thought that ford did away with their parts swapping relationship with mazda after the demise of the laser/323. The more things change......
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Re: Focus Aus Engines ?

Even the new Volvo S40 share the same platform as the Mazda 3 and future Focus.

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It's not a bad thing either. Ford Motor Company can thus pump more money into a platform and engine/drivetrain components because the cost is offset by sales in 3 different brands/models. End up cheaper to produce a better platform, gives us a better car for the same money as 10 years ago. Works for me!!!

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