Feeling Blue - 2008 Ford Focus Long-Term Road Test
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2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe: Feeling Blue

December 08, 2008

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A lot of budget-priced cars look chintzy after dark, thanks to gauge/instrument panel illumination that has about as much cohesiveness as a Kmart clearance bin. However, cohesiveness is the name of the game in our Ford Focus, thanks to gauges and controls that are illuminated mostly in a single shade of blue. This consistency makes things look more upmarket than they would have otherwise, and it extends even to the auxiliary controls on the car's steering wheel.

The cabin feels pretty soothing when the gauges are lit up -- not surprising, since blue is known for being a tranquil color. Ford's designers may have chosen this particular shade for its high-end associations -- known as Tiffany blue, it shares its hue with the boxes used by the famous jeweler. If this color choice was part of some grand scheme cooked up by the car's designers to trigger a favorable subconscious response, then well done, Ford. Oh, and as we've mentioned before, the variable interior lighting is pretty cool as well. If only the same level of thoughtfulness had gone into other aspects of the cabin...

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 14,653 miles

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