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Old 01-26-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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http://blog.caranddriver.com/ford-se...ocus-titanium/

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The redesigned 2012 Ford Focus is pretty popular here in the C/D office—we awarded it a 2012 10Best honor—and the same goes for manual transmissions. We like what happens when you put the two together, especially since it allows buyers to avoid the less-than-stellar dual-clutch automatic that’s offered in the Focus. The only problem with making this seemingly simple transmission choice is that not all Focus trim levels have been available with the three-pedal option. That’s why we’re happy to report that, per sources at Ford, the manual option is migrating this spring to the top-shelf Focus Titanium trim level.

Currently, the five-speed manual is only available on the base Focus S sedan and the mid-level SE sedan and hatch. The upmarket SEL and Titanium trims have been automatic-only, leaving enthusiasts seeking a Focus with all the trimmings out in the cold. (The SEL will remain automatic-only, and the turbocharged Focus ST will ship exclusively with a six-speed manual when it goes on sale later this year.) Regardless of transmission choice, the Titanium package includes MyFord Touch, front sport buckets, and 17-inch wheels as standard. An available handling package bundles a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels with summer tires.

We were told the decision to expand manual-transmission availability to the Titanium was guided by a combination of factors both within and outside of Ford, but the company is still taking a bit of a jump here. That’s because apparently enough customers have expressed interest in a top-spec manual Focus to make it happen—many asked specifically for a manual-equipped Titanium with the handling pack—but, so far, only about seven percent of buyers have chosen the stick in its available trims. The take rate may be low because of the transmission’s relatively limited availability, or because there actually isn’t all that much interest in it.

Either way, Ford will find out soon enough, as dealers have been told the manual-equipped Titaniums are on the way. We’ll consider the move a “win” for Save the Manuals fans everywhere.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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Good move. All they need now is a factory delete option for the MyFordTouchSucks on the Titanium trim.

(<--- would seriously consider a 5MT Titanium hatch with the handling package if MFTS wasn't standard)
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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cool move Ford!
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:31 PM   #4
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This is nice indeeed. My wife and I just checked the highest focus out and were very impressed. Once I did some research after getting home the autobox has quite a bit of negative reviews. That knocked it down further on our list.

Besides that it is cool that Ford is offering a do it your self in the highest package where you are typically forced into the Auto. **cough 2012 impreza cough**
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Good move. All they need now is a factory delete option for the MyFordTouchSucks on the Titanium trim.

(<--- would seriously consider a 5MT Titanium hatch with the handling package if MFTS wasn't standard)
Agreed... looking around for a new car for my stepdad the Focus is a stand-out winner.. and the Titanium is very nice.. but he'd prefer a manual and I know the MFT'S' would seriously confused the guy.. It only took him a year to figure out how to use his iPad.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:50 PM   #6
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Good move Ford! Though they're a year late to get my business this time. Now they just need to take a cue from GM and offer the 6sp manual in the regular Focus as they do in Europe. The MTX-75 5 speed is the same transmission introduced in the 1995 Contour (nee Mondeo), it's getting a little long in the tooth.

C'mon Ford, put the 6sp in and beat the Cruze Eco's fuel economy, you know you want to.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:49 PM   #7
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Nice. I'm not going to buy a Focus (maybe an RS one day...), but I like seeing that there is still demand for manuals out there, so they won't go the way of the dodo.
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this thread made me sleepy

wake me when the top-spec versa gets dual-clutch transmission
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:17 PM   #9
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The entertainment system (err radio) on this car is the single thing that would prevent me from ever buying a focus. It makes the early idrive look easy to navigate.

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leave it to Ford to mess up a dual clutch trans, did they out source it to the Chinese to?
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The entertainment system (err radio) on this car is the single thing that would prevent me from ever buying a focus. It makes the early idrive look easy to navigate.

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The SE w/ 5MT and Sport Pkg. has the perfectly adequate, non-MFTS system, which is my top pick until that can be spec'd in the Titanium-trim car.
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leave it to Ford to mess up a dual clutch trans, did they out source it to the Chinese to?
It's a Ford/Getrag collaboration much like the MT82 6-speed in the Mustang but the Powershift is made in Mexico I believe which isn't much better than China.

I drove a 2012 Focus Titanium for a couple of weeks and can attest it's a really nice handling little car with decent power, interior and looks. Being a previous owner of a 2008 EVO X MR I was accustomed to the nuances of dual clutch automatics but the Ford Powershift just isn't that great. It works decent enough when you are accelerating in auto mode but in manual mode the shifts kind of lag like a regular tourque converter which kind of defeats the purpose of a dual clutch transmission. Worst of all IMO was the 2-1 gear clunk which is very noticeable and concerning if it was my car. To me the transmission is an unfinished product and Ford probably had to rush them in to meet the car's launch. The addition of a manual is a clear indication that they are trying to avoid losing sales to customers that are uneasy with the Powershift.
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The SE w/ 5MT and Sport Pkg. has the perfectly adequate, non-MFTS system, which is my top pick until that can be spec'd in the Titanium-trim car.
The ergonomics of the radio is a complete bitch. It's so bad that I could not bring myself to enjoy the car, and I really wanted to like it. It looks good, Ford is doing a lot performance wise with it, and it's not a pile like most American small cars. I was even invited by Ford, to the factory to go check out the ST last summer and fall.

This is what you have to work with. What would you use to change the radio station?






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