Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Laguna Hills, CA
2012 Focus Not Available with Manual Trans AND Rear Disc Brakes - Issue or Not?
I don't know if the rest of you guys noticed this looking at the different model configurations for the Focus, but it appears you CANNOT get both a manual transmission and rear disc brakes, at least in the "standard" (non-ST) models. This makes it appear as if Ford is positioning the manual transmission models as the entry-level strippo models, and encouraging people to step up to the higher trim levels with the PowerShift. The fact that the manual is a 5-speed, while a lot of other mfrs. are going to six-speeds, even in their entry-level models, is also a bit puzzling.
While this will probably be a non-issue for most mainstream consumers, there will be a small percentage of customers that were hoping they could get the manual trans/rear disc combination that will be disappointed. Your thoughts?