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You mean like this?



Well, they haven't produced them yet, but that's not to say they couldn't. The SCC was built on a shortened S60 platform, so those wheels would feasibly fit an S60 if they used S60 components. The question is if they ever made more, and even moreso, if they ever plan on selling them.

You'd think they would though, with as much promotion as they gave that car. Selling the wheels as a Volvo accessory for other Volvos would make sense.
 

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I'll tell you, up until recently I was not much of a Ford fan. To me, they were a bunch of soulless rental cars. However, Ford has made great strides to move themselves towards higher quality levels. All rumors around the next gen Focus platform is that it will be a major contender in its size class.

The current car, though a bit spartan on the interior, has done quite well in the eyes of the automotive press in its rigidity, ride and handling department, even if it doesn't have what I feel are class-leading motors or interiors.

Ford hopes to improve that, and the next gen Focus will have awd most likely, in addition to a deep partsbin. Further, the next gen 30/40/50 series are rumored to be designed for use with the I-5 motor, which will mean Volvo motor placement in the cars. AWD will most likely be Haldex, so any new small Volvo will be more Volvo than you think.

And, in my personal opinion, I'd rather see a Ford co-developed base model than a Mitsubishi one. Even though I think the current 40 is quite good, I think the replacement will be all the better.

Further, Ford has taken great pains to get their cards in a row. They've hired great names in the business to put on their team. J. Mays (of VW New Beetle and Audi Avus fame) is VP in charge of design, Wolfgang Reitzle (of BMW fame) is at the helm of the Premier Automotive Group, and Colin McRae (of WRC Champion Fame with Subaru's Rally Team) drives the Focus WRC car now. Ford has shown that they are willing to invest heavily (Jaguar) to further develope a brand, and Volvo has been left well enough alone to develope on their own.

I'll get off my soapbox, but I think Ford ownership will not be as bad as many hardcore Volvophiles believe.
 

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Originally posted by Ben from Canada:
Focus platform? I don't want to waste my money.

The second generation Focus platform should be nothing less than supurb. The Focus has just been out for one generation and is already at the top of its class. Having driven quite a few samples, I can tell you that the chassis, suspension, and steering are just right. As George mentioned above, the interior and engines do suffer, but it is what is underneath that counts.

The Mazda Protege/MP3 is the best handling car in its class and I am very happy that they (Mazda) will be leading the development work for the chassis tuning on the next Focus chassis. This should make the next 40/50's much better handling cars then they are right now.

The next Protege and Focus will be competing with one another, but that is something that Volvo doesn't really have to worry about since the next 40/50 will be a class above. I am very happy that they will be using the 2nd gen Focus chassis, because 'handling' has been assigned the number 1 priority.

If they can make these cars at around $26k fully loaded, they will have a winner.

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Yeah, like those. They'd look really excellent on my black S60.

Thanks for the info so far.

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I'll tell you, up until recently I was not much of a Ford fan. To me, they were a bunch of soulless rental cars. However, Ford has made great strides to move themselves towards higher quality levels. All rumors around the next gen Focus platform is that it will be a major contender in its size class.

The current car, though a bit spartan on the interior, has done quite well in the eyes of the automotive press in its rigidity, ride and handling department, even if it doesn't have what I feel are class-leading motors or interiors.

Ford hopes to improve that, and the next gen Focus will have awd most likely, in addition to a deep partsbin. Further, the next gen 30/40/50 series are rumored to be designed for use with the I-5 motor, which will mean Volvo motor placement in the cars. AWD will most likely be Haldex, so any new small Volvo will be more Volvo than you think.

And, in my personal opinion, I'd rather see a Ford co-developed base model than a Mitsubishi one. Even though I think the current 40 is quite good, I think the replacement will be all the better.

Further, Ford has taken great pains to get their cards in a row. They've hired great names in the business to put on their team. J. Mays (of VW New Beetle and Audi Avus fame) is VP in charge of design, Wolfgang Reitzle (of BMW fame) is at the helm of the Premier Automotive Group, and Colin McRae (of WRC Champion Fame with Subaru's Rally Team) drives the Focus WRC car now. Ford has shown that they are willing to invest heavily (Jaguar) to further develope a brand, and Volvo has been left well enough alone to develope on their own.

I'll get off my soapbox, but I think Ford ownership will not be as bad as many hardcore Volvophiles believe.
See? Colin McRae went to Ford and Subaru won the FIA Championship (Richard Burns)...


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Yeah, you can't just buy a team, but Ford has shown they are serious.

I think Subaru's engineering and Prodrive's management were a tough thing for Ford to overcome, even with McRae.
 
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