11. Canceling The Focus ST
Ford’s exit out of the passenger car market hasn’t sat well with some loyalists. The Focus ST was a hot hatch that was fun to drive. Ford built on some of its European roots and you got a good driving car for a fraction of the price. The Focus ST was a winning combination of speed and agility which you don’t see often in domestic compacts. Ford has debated bringing the Focus back as a crossover, which is what Mitsubishi did with the Eclipse. But this is probably not something that consumers will vibe with.
The Focus ST was a well-rounded and affordable sports car. We have to wonder how long Ford will realize that exiting the passenger car market was a mistake. After all, the blue oval started out making passenger cars.