Daily Podcast: Must Focus

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

So here I am, on the phone to a car dealer to hook-up a test drive in the "new" Ford Focus. As I type, I'm on hold, listening to an ad for Stop and Shop. While I'm sure the message is part of a radio station plug-in, why the Hell should I call a car dealer to be sold groceries? Anyway, Dennis comes on the line forty-nine seconds later to tell me that they've got one, and it's on the showroom floor. Great! I'll come down for a test drive. When are you interested in buying the car? I resist the urge to blurt out "when my penis exceeds 12 inches." Before I can say "soon" he goes off on a rant on how some people want to test drive cars that they're only interested in buying six months hence, and how his manager is not enamored with test drives related to purchases within this time frame. Five minutes later, I get a return call. We're good to go. Do you have a vehicle to trade-in? And that's it, save a sudden desire to take a shower. Still. this process keeps us in touch with what you go through, and I gotta say, it ain't pretty. As Ford doesn't have a whole lot of exciting cars in the showroom or pipeline, perhaps they ought to use this interregnum to sort some things out at the sharp end.

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  • HEATHROI HEATHROI on Oct 16, 2007

    I suspect the car will be better than previously, to drive, especially in 5 speed form but but did Ford have to make it look like a rejected korean design study? Maybe big in Korea is the new Big in Japan. But it will be cheap enough to slap a turbo kit on from Rousch.

  • Chanman Chanman on Oct 16, 2007

    Canadian prices - gotta love market segmentation. Have you guys compared prices in the US with Mexico to get the full NA price spread?

  • Justin Berkowitz Justin Berkowitz on Oct 16, 2007

    @chanman: They have the Mk2 European Focus in Mexico. Yep. B*st*rds.

  • HEATHROI HEATHROI on Oct 17, 2007

    after reading Justin B's piece and rushing to ford mexico's website - only agree with last comments AND they've got the bloody ST. Well done Ford