The Truth About Cars » Focus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:14:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Focus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com TTAC News Round-up: Let’s Talk Carbon Emissions, Volkswagen’s Bigger Headache, and Plug-in Porsches http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-lets-talk-carbon-emissions-volkswagens-bigger-headache-plug-porsches/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-lets-talk-carbon-emissions-volkswagens-bigger-headache-plug-porsches/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:15:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1269977 FCA has to clean up its act in a hurry, or pay a lot more to sell cars in the future. That, Europe wants Volkswagen to treat its owners the same as American owners, General Motors’ lawyers get down and dirty and Porsche’s plug-in 911 … after the break! Fiat Chrysler finishes last in fuel […]

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FCA has to clean up its act in a hurry, or pay a lot more to sell cars in the future. That, Europe wants Volkswagen to treat its owners the same as American owners, General Motors’ lawyers get down and dirty and Porsche’s plug-in 911 … after the break! Fiat Chrysler finishes last in fuel […]

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2015 Ford Focus SE Rental Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-ford-focus-se-rental-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2015-ford-focus-se-rental-review/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 15:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1268865 Once more into the breach, dear friends / Or close up the segment with our heavily-rebated dead. This is the third time I’ve encountered this generation of Ford Focus SE, having enjoyed the car on its press preview and suffered through an overheated PowerShift sedan in Florida traffic a year later. Now I return once […]

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Once more into the breach, dear friends / Or close up the segment with our heavily-rebated dead. This is the third time I’ve encountered this generation of Ford Focus SE, having enjoyed the car on its press preview and suffered through an overheated PowerShift sedan in Florida traffic a year later. Now I return once […]

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Report: Ford Building New Auto Plant in Mexico http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/report-ford-building-new-auto-plant-mexico/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/report-ford-building-new-auto-plant-mexico/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:05:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1267609 Ford will announce plans early this year to build a new plant in Mexico, Reuters reported Thursday. The $1.5 billion plant will produce 350,000 cars annually and could eventually produce the new Focus after production of that car leaves Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant in 2018. Ford didn’t comment on the report. Reuters said Mexican officials with knowledge of […]

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Ford will announce plans early this year to build a new plant in Mexico, Reuters reported Thursday. The $1.5 billion plant will produce 350,000 cars annually and could eventually produce the new Focus after production of that car leaves Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant in 2018. Ford didn’t comment on the report. Reuters said Mexican officials with knowledge of […]

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Report: Ford, Regulators Aware of Power Steering Issues, Still No Recall http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/report-ford-regulators-aware-power-steering-issues-still-no-recall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/report-ford-regulators-aware-power-steering-issues-still-no-recall/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:20:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1252385 The New York Times reported that federal regulators have received about 150 complaints over four years about power steering failures in the 2012 model year Ford Focus, including 124 crashes with injuries, with no recourse. One crash reportedly killed an 89-year-old New Jersey woman, although federal investigators concluded, “a steering failure is most likely not […]

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The New York Times reported that federal regulators have received about 150 complaints over four years about power steering failures in the 2012 model year Ford Focus, including 124 crashes with injuries, with no recourse. One crash reportedly killed an 89-year-old New Jersey woman, although federal investigators concluded, “a steering failure is most likely not […]

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Hammer Time: How a Smelly Dog Helped Me Buy a Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216177 Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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Ask Jack: The Final Countdown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/ask-jack-final-countdown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/ask-jack-final-countdown/#comments Wed, 14 Oct 2015 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1194930 Judging from the comments on my Beetle review, some of you clearly think I’m using this whole “shattered leg” thing as an excuse to just phone it in until I can obtain a prescription for Dilaudid and start writing the authentic Hunter S. Thompson psychedelia once again. Do not worry, my little kittens. Papa has […]

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Judging from the comments on my Beetle review, some of you clearly think I’m using this whole “shattered leg” thing as an excuse to just phone it in until I can obtain a prescription for Dilaudid and start writing the authentic Hunter S. Thompson psychedelia once again. Do not worry, my little kittens. Papa has […]

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Piston Slap: Focusing on Turbo 93 Octane Tunes? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-14/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-14/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1181970 Mark writes: Sajeev, Thanks for the recent advice on winter tires & wheels for my new Focus ST. I took delivery of the car two weeks ago and I’m having a blast. The first thing I did when I got it home was take Bark M’s advice and sign up for the Octane Academy. So […]

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Mark writes: Sajeev, Thanks for the recent advice on winter tires & wheels for my new Focus ST. I took delivery of the car two weeks ago and I’m having a blast. The first thing I did when I got it home was take Bark M’s advice and sign up for the Octane Academy. So […]

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Ask Bark: Should I Lease a Jetta? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ask-bark-lease-jetta/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/ask-bark-lease-jetta/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1131809 This week’s “Ask Bark” comes from a reader who wants to know if he should prolong his Volkswagen-related madness or start new Volkswagen-related madness. Bark, I have read your articles. I like your style. I know about the fact people ask you for advice on what car to get and then completely ignore it. You’ve […]

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This week’s “Ask Bark” comes from a reader who wants to know if he should prolong his Volkswagen-related madness or start new Volkswagen-related madness. Bark, I have read your articles. I like your style. I know about the fact people ask you for advice on what car to get and then completely ignore it. You’ve […]

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Ford Will Stop Michigan C-Max, Focus Production in 2018 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ford-will-stop-michigan-c-max-focus-production-2018/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/ford-will-stop-michigan-c-max-focus-production-2018/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:05:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1112353 Ford will stop building the C-Max and Focus at its Wayne, Michigan plant in 2018, Automotive News is reporting. Moving the production of the compact cars could signal a coming slowdown in small car sales, or a shift in strategy for the global automaker. UAW officials say they’re confident the C-Max and Focus will be replaced […]

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Ford will stop building the C-Max and Focus at its Wayne, Michigan plant in 2018, Automotive News is reporting. Moving the production of the compact cars could signal a coming slowdown in small car sales, or a shift in strategy for the global automaker. UAW officials say they’re confident the C-Max and Focus will be replaced […]

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Piston Slap: Focusing on Steelies, Unsprung Weight? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/piston-slap-steelies-unsprung-weight-bull-breeding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/piston-slap-steelies-unsprung-weight-bull-breeding/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1096721   Mark writes: Sajeev, I just ordered a new Focus ST, pretty much the only way to get the zero-option set up I wanted. Can’t wait for it to arrive. The car’s not here yet, but the questions are. This time, a wheel & tire question for your consideration. While we don’t get a massive […]

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  Mark writes: Sajeev, I just ordered a new Focus ST, pretty much the only way to get the zero-option set up I wanted. Can’t wait for it to arrive. The car’s not here yet, but the questions are. This time, a wheel & tire question for your consideration. While we don’t get a massive […]

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Crapwagon Outtake: 2004 Ford Focus SVT http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/crapwagon-outtake-2004-ford-focus-svt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/crapwagon-outtake-2004-ford-focus-svt/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 11:45:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1068826 For decades, compact cars from Dearborn were miserable. Blue Oval enthusiasts in North America looked longingly at the rally-bred Escorts in the UK and Europe, wondering when the promised “world car” would cross the Atlantic. Improbably, I was one of those guys. I bought a 2000 Focus sedan (ZTS model with the twincam Zetec) with […]

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For decades, compact cars from Dearborn were miserable. Blue Oval enthusiasts in North America looked longingly at the rally-bred Escorts in the UK and Europe, wondering when the promised “world car” would cross the Atlantic. Improbably, I was one of those guys. I bought a 2000 Focus sedan (ZTS model with the twincam Zetec) with […]

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Piston Slap: American Rust vs. Japanese Rust? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-american-rust-vs-japanese-rust/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/piston-slap-american-rust-vs-japanese-rust/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:49:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=963650   Stefan writes: Sajeev, I recently had a conversation with my cousin in Wisconsin. He claimed that cars assembled in North America are more rust prone than cars assembled in Japan or other oriental countries. Apparently his observation was based on several cars in our extended family: An elderly Dodge Durango and a not-so-elderly Honda […]

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  Stefan writes: Sajeev, I recently had a conversation with my cousin in Wisconsin. He claimed that cars assembled in North America are more rust prone than cars assembled in Japan or other oriental countries. Apparently his observation was based on several cars in our extended family: An elderly Dodge Durango and a not-so-elderly Honda […]

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Piston Slap: Double A (Beep! Beep!) Em, Cee, Oh… http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-double-a-beep-beep-em-cee-oh/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/piston-slap-double-a-beep-beep-em-cee-oh/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:37:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=840217 TTAC commentator M0L0TOV writes: Greetings All-Knowing Sajeev, I am looking for some insight on an ongoing issue with my workhorse. I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX-5 with 160,000 miles. A little bit over a year ago, I had Aamco rebuild the automatic transmission on my car for the tune of $2500. Apparently, my car […]

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TTAC commentator M0L0TOV writes: Greetings All-Knowing Sajeev, I am looking for some insight on an ongoing issue with my workhorse. I have a 2003 Ford Focus ZX-5 with 160,000 miles. A little bit over a year ago, I had Aamco rebuild the automatic transmission on my car for the tune of $2500. Apparently, my car […]

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Ford: Manual-Only Plan For 2015 Focus 1-Liter “Sensible” For US Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ford-manual-only-plan-for-2015-focus-1-liter-sensible-for-us-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ford-manual-only-plan-for-2015-focus-1-liter-sensible-for-us-market/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=817898 Despite a majority of U.S. consumers preferring automatic transmissions over manual offerings, Ford’s plan to offer the 1-liter EcoBoost with only a six-speed manual for the 2015 Focus is seen by the automaker as a sensible decision for the home market. Ward’s Auto reports U.S. Focus customers are more likely to choose a manual over […]

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Despite a majority of U.S. consumers preferring automatic transmissions over manual offerings, Ford’s plan to offer the 1-liter EcoBoost with only a six-speed manual for the 2015 Focus is seen by the automaker as a sensible decision for the home market. Ward’s Auto reports U.S. Focus customers are more likely to choose a manual over […]

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Ford Unveils 2015 Focus, 1-Liter 3-Pot Manual-Only For U.S. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ford-unveils-2015-focus-1-liter-3-pot-manual-only-for-u-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/ford-unveils-2015-focus-1-liter-3-pot-manual-only-for-u-s/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=752497 Ahead of its world debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain prior to making the rounds at the Geneva and New York auto shows next month, Ford has unveiled its redesigned 2015 Focus. The Detroit Free Press reports the updated Focus, set to enter showrooms in Europe and the United States this fall […]

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Ahead of its world debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain prior to making the rounds at the Geneva and New York auto shows next month, Ford has unveiled its redesigned 2015 Focus. The Detroit Free Press reports the updated Focus, set to enter showrooms in Europe and the United States this fall […]

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Review: 2014 Ford Focus ST (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-ford-focus-st-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-ford-focus-st-with-video/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=691530 Hot hatches are all the rage in Europe but represent a fairly small segment of American consumption. The formula is fairly simple, you take a compact hatchback, insert a turbocharged engine, stiffen the springs and add an anti-roll bar that can lift the inner rear wheel in corners if you really push it. The result […]

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Hot hatches are all the rage in Europe but represent a fairly small segment of American consumption. The formula is fairly simple, you take a compact hatchback, insert a turbocharged engine, stiffen the springs and add an anti-roll bar that can lift the inner rear wheel in corners if you really push it. The result […]

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New Face of 2015 Ford Focus Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/new-face-of-2015-ford-focus-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/new-face-of-2015-ford-focus-revealed/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:07:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=693449 Three years ago, Ford unveiled the third-generation Focus to the excitement of American enthusiasts who thought the second-generation model lacked “zazz,” to say the least. Come 2015, the Focus will have a new face, and that’s only the beginning. Debuting at the Geneva Auto Show in March, the 2015 Focus not only has a new, […]

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Three years ago, Ford unveiled the third-generation Focus to the excitement of American enthusiasts who thought the second-generation model lacked “zazz,” to say the least. Come 2015, the Focus will have a new face, and that’s only the beginning. Debuting at the Geneva Auto Show in March, the 2015 Focus not only has a new, […]

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PRI 2013: Ford Shows Off its Ecoboost Crate Engine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/pri-2013-ford-shows-off-its-ecoboost-crate-engine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/pri-2013-ford-shows-off-its-ecoboost-crate-engine/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=682610 Ford Racing quietly began offering its advanced, 2.0 liter Ecoboost turbocharged 4 cylinder crate engine earlier this year, without much fanfare. All that changed at the 2013 PRI Show in Indianapolis, however, with Ford’s Ecoboost powered 2015 Mustang twirling away on a giant lazy Susan directly under the giant “Ford Racing” banner mere steps away […]

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Ford Racing quietly began offering its advanced, 2.0 liter Ecoboost turbocharged 4 cylinder crate engine earlier this year, without much fanfare. All that changed at the 2013 PRI Show in Indianapolis, however, with Ford’s Ecoboost powered 2015 Mustang twirling away on a giant lazy Susan directly under the giant “Ford Racing” banner mere steps away […]

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Ford to Idle Michigan Plant for Two Weeks Due to Growing Focus and C-Max Inventories http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ford-to-idle-michigan-plant-for-two-weeks-due-to-growing-focus-and-c-max-inventories/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/ford-to-idle-michigan-plant-for-two-weeks-due-to-growing-focus-and-c-max-inventories/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=632034 Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan will be idled for two weeks to reduce inventories of the Focus and C-Max. The plant will close for a week at the end of this month and then for another week in the middle of December.   The Focus started October with a 71 day […]

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Ford Motor Company’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan will be idled for two weeks to reduce inventories of the Focus and C-Max. The plant will close for a week at the end of this month and then for another week in the middle of December.   The Focus started October with a 71 day […]

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Review: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2013-hyundai-elantra-gt-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2013-hyundai-elantra-gt-video/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:54:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497508 By pure happenstance I ended up with an Elantra GT immediately after reviewing the 2014 Kia Forte sedan. As I said last week in the Forte review, the Elantra and Forte are related, but this isn’t a case of Korean badge engineering. It’s far more complicated. The Forte is the new kid on the block […]

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By pure happenstance I ended up with an Elantra GT immediately after reviewing the 2014 Kia Forte sedan. As I said last week in the Forte review, the Elantra and Forte are related, but this isn’t a case of Korean badge engineering. It’s far more complicated. The Forte is the new kid on the block […]

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Review: 2013 Focus SE http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/review-2013-focus-se/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/review-2013-focus-se/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:25:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492050 It would appear that your humble author has become quite the compact-car reviewer lately, with drives of the 2012 Sentra, 2013 Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3s (not reviewed at TTAC), Hyundai Elantra, and Chevy Cruze under my Allen-Edmonds belt. I’ve also driven the current Focus, proclaiming it as the best compact car available, but that […]

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It would appear that your humble author has become quite the compact-car reviewer lately, with drives of the 2012 Sentra, 2013 Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3s (not reviewed at TTAC), Hyundai Elantra, and Chevy Cruze under my Allen-Edmonds belt. I’ve also driven the current Focus, proclaiming it as the best compact car available, but that […]

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Corolla, Not Focus, World’s Best-Selling Car, Toyota Says http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/corolla-not-focus-worlds-best-selling-car-toyota-says/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/corolla-not-focus-worlds-best-selling-car-toyota-says/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:35:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484187 Yesterday, Ford announced that its Focus “is officially the world’s best-selling passenger car,” with 1,020,410 units sold worldwide in 2012. That according to registration data compiled by Polk. “Wrong” Toyota said today. Toyota’s spokesman Ryo Sakai told Reuters that Toyota sold 1.16 million Corollas in 2012 and that “Toyota still sees the Corolla as the […]

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Yesterday, Ford announced that its Focus “is officially the world’s best-selling passenger car,” with 1,020,410 units sold worldwide in 2012. That according to registration data compiled by Polk. “Wrong” Toyota said today. Toyota’s spokesman Ryo Sakai told Reuters that Toyota sold 1.16 million Corollas in 2012 and that “Toyota still sees the Corolla as the […]

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It’s Official: Ford Focus World’s Best-Selling Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/its-official-ford-focus-worlds-best-selling-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/its-official-ford-focus-worlds-best-selling-car/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 08:32:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484096 Ford says now what Matt Gasnier said months ago: The Ford Focus model was the world’s best-selling passenger car in 2012. Ford’s assertion is based on data from automotive consulting firm Polk. According to Reuters, Ford sold 1,020,410 of its Focus compact in 2012. More than one out of four Focus cars were sold in […]

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Ford says now what Matt Gasnier said months ago: The Ford Focus model was the world’s best-selling passenger car in 2012. Ford’s assertion is based on data from automotive consulting firm Polk. According to Reuters, Ford sold 1,020,410 of its Focus compact in 2012. More than one out of four Focus cars were sold in […]

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Piston Slap: Hocus Pocus…Focus??? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-hocus-pocus-focus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-hocus-pocus-focus/#comments Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:10:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475449   Zack writes: Hi Sajeev, I’ve been following a series of discussion on a MK3 Ford Focus forum; in particular I’ve been following the technical discussion about how to squeeze more power from the MK3’s new 2.0 GDI motor. Of course, this involves talk of CAIs, Cat-deletes (inadvisable), and free flow exhaust. One of the more curious things […]

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  Zack writes: Hi Sajeev, I’ve been following a series of discussion on a MK3 Ford Focus forum; in particular I’ve been following the technical discussion about how to squeeze more power from the MK3’s new 2.0 GDI motor. Of course, this involves talk of CAIs, Cat-deletes (inadvisable), and free flow exhaust. One of the more curious things […]

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Review: 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/review-2013-ford-c-max-hybrid-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/review-2013-ford-c-max-hybrid-video/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:55:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467787 Up till now there hasn’t been a “real” Prius alternative on the market. Sure Honda has the Civic and Insight, but their real-world MPGs can’t hold a candle to the green-car poster child and Honda’s IMA hybrid system is far from smooth and refined. The Volt is more of a novelty with its lofty price […]

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Up till now there hasn’t been a “real” Prius alternative on the market. Sure Honda has the Civic and Insight, but their real-world MPGs can’t hold a candle to the green-car poster child and Honda’s IMA hybrid system is far from smooth and refined. The Volt is more of a novelty with its lofty price […]

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