How come most of the first-generation Ford Focuses (Foci?) you see on the road today are the station wagon model?
Focus was launched here in 1999 as a 2000 model year car, in sedan, wagon, and two-door hatchback configurations. A four-door hatch was added a couple of years later as a sop to the Canadian penchant for that body style, we being much smarter than our sedan-loving American counterparts.
It had a rough launch - loads of recalls in its first year or so of production.
But its European-inspired engineering was brilliant, and it was a pretty neat car to drive.
Especially the wagon.
Great dynamics, good performance, lots of room.
But when Ford refreshed the Focus in 2008, the wagon was dropped.
Presumably not enough demand.
So how come that's about all you see of the first-gen Focus these days?
Are wagon buyers - by definition smarter than sedan buyers - that much more careful with their cars, so they last longer?
(Oh, did I mention I own a wagon?...)
Or did the Canadian tail of the market get wagged by the American dog?
What's with Americans and wagons? They used to love wagons, back in the MacTac-bedecked Country Squire days.
Maybe too many people saw Chevy Chase embarrassing himself on his way to Wally World and figured, "Geez, I don't want to look like THAT!"
Whatever, the wagon went away.
Bad enough we didn't get the spectacular European Focus in 2008 - the thinking presumably was that it took the Wayne Michigan Assembly plant so long to figure out how to build the old one they didn't want to confuse them with a new one.
But they also managed to take all the joy and life out of the remaining coupe and sedan models. They, um, lost their focus.
The third-generation Focus comes on stream in March 2011 as a 2012 model year car. Once again, it will be a 'world' car - we'll get essentially what the Europeans get, albeit softened up a bit for our market, as with the new Fiesta. Ford has done a decent job with that car, so there's hope.
Will we get the wagon version which the Europeans will get?
Again, 'hope' may be all we have...