2008 Ford Focus Long Term Road Test


2008 Ford Focus SES Coupe: Vibe Up, Focus Down

November 17, 2008

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With many calling October 2008 the worst industry sales month since the dark days of World War II, it's no surprise that Ford Focus sales have taken a nosedive. Last month, Focus sales plummeted 18.2 percent relative to October of 2007. Guess it takes more than Sync and decent mileage to ward off the bad ju-ju when the economy tanks.

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The numbers were bad for most models, but not for all. The Pontiac Vibe actually saw a sales increase last month, up 6 percent. Having spent time in the Vibe, I can say it's a superior choice -- it's got a more versatile interior, and is more fun to drive (especially in the GT trim). Sometimes fear and panic cause people to make poor decisions, but in this case, I'd say buyers are on to something.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 13,900 miles

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