New for 2011, the Ford Focus goes back to looking like ... a Ford Focus. Story and PICS!
This to me seems like the model that should have been released at the last redesign, I loved my Focus hatchback and I'm glad to see it back.
I looove the direction Ford is taking. With the Focus and Fiesta, the Taurus, and the updated Edge and Fusion, Ford is on a serious roll.
BTW, for people who seem to dislike the Kuga as the Escape's replacement, there's a lot of buzz that says that when the Kuga does replace the Escape, it will be redesigned, not carried over from the current model. IMHO, the current Kuga platform size is perfect. It has a slightly longer wheelbase than the current Escape, and a 2" wider track, but the basic body size is almost identical. If Ford morphs a version of the current Escape styling onto the more-modern Kuga platform, you won't have anything to worry about.
My issue is that the vehicles the manufacturers are designing and manufacturing are larger, heavier and more complex. Which makes them less efficient, harder to drive and not as engaging. The consumer interesting to drive vehicles is getting the short shift. I fear the new Escape/Mariner/Tribute (if there is such a thing in the future) will give us bigger and heavier, but not as capable of carrying more cargo. Also in my mind is a picture that the Escape and Explorer are actually going to overlap in functionality and ability, much like the current Edge and Explorer.