Thursday, February 16, 2006
New MazdaSpeed3 may be some relief for those of us that want the Euro Focus ST but....
The new MazdaSpeed3 which is making it's debut in Europe, will eventually come to our shores with 250 hp through the front wheels and a sub $30k pricetag. Unlike the MazdaSpeed6, it won't have the all wheel drive and it will be shy 24hp, but with it's lower weight, acceleration should be on par with big brother, and price should be lower. Built on the Ford/Mazda family platform, that underpins the Euro Focus, this could help ease the pain for some. I know that despite it's being a 5 door and my preference for the Ford's smoother styling, that I would consider it for my garage.
But it still gets my blood boiling when I know that most of the world can have this stylish fast Ford, even if it is powered by the Volvo S40's Turbo I5. You can't tell me that this car can't come to the US for less than $30k, but the Mazda and Volvo can. Enough is enough, when is Ford going to bring their better platforms here to the US?
And don't even get me started about the Euro Focus Cabrio, production version of the Vignale concept I've posted on many times. The only way we'll see this beauty is at Volvo dealers as the C70.
Ford has some amazing products they sell globally, and if they want to improve their image here in the US, they need to bring some of them here. Start with the Euro Focus, then bring us the Fiesta, Falcon and Territory. Bring some of them as Mercury or Lincoln if you must, but bring them to the US soon.