Here is a bit which I posted in February in relation to the Focus C-max.
This refers to a roadtest of the new Mazda 323 which is the same floorpan
etc. To have a report of the C-max being hard to handle in that it is very
finely tuned (ie to the limit of the +ACI-normal+ACI- driver PLUS to have another
write-up which criticises the handling of the Mazda would seem to me that
the design of the +ACI-floorpan+ACI- may not be quite right at the moment...
In case anyone is interested in reading the article, I repeat the bit I
posted previously here:-
Now this doubt about the handling. I have just got the Telegraph
Motoring email and there is a feature on the new Mazda 3 which is based
(with the Volvo S40 etc) on the +ACI-new+ACI- Focus floorpan.
The report is at
(I did start to quote from it but of course it is covered by copyright but
it mentions being let down by skittish handling, attempts to breakaway when
cornering only being saved by brutish efforts of the electronic stability
package to stop the slide and descriptions of the handling as both
Looks like Ford may be following Mercedes A class into a real
At least it says that on country roads the +ACI-old+ACI- Focus will eat the new
methinks this doesn't bode well for the new Focus
End of repeated portion
ps There were +ACI-spy+ACI- pictures of the new Focus undergoing trials on the
Channel 4 motoring section
+ACI-Dave Gower+ACI- +ADw-davegow.removethis+AEA-magma.ca+AD4- wrote in message
+AD4- +ACI-Martin+ACI- +ADw-martin+AEA-home.com+AD4- wrote in message
+AD4- +AD4- I've been searching on the web for information and pictures
+AD4- +AD4- next generation Focus which I believe will be on sale in the UK later
+AD4- +AD4- year, but without much luck. I think Ford probably still have it
+AD4- +AD4- under wraps.
+AD4- +AD4- Does anyone have any links to any information on the new Focus?
+AD4- I understand the European Focus will be similar to the Mazda3, which is
+AD4- on sale in some markets and has been written up in many places.
+AD4- The North American 2005 Focus is closer to the old one (apparently Ford
+AD4- decided that the Mazda3 was too heavy for use here). You can see info on
+AD4- on the Ford Canada website (but not, surprising, Ford U.S.A.)