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Ford Set to Offer Manual Transmission in Top-Spec Focus Titanium
by Alexander Stoklosa
January 24, 2012
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The redesigned 2012 Ford Focus is pretty popular here in the C/D office—we awarded it a 2012 10Best honor—and the same goes for manual transmissions. We like what happens when you put the two together, especially since it allows buyers to avoid the less-than-stellar dual-clutch automatic that’s offered in the Focus. The only problem with making this seemingly simple transmission choice is that not all Focus trim levels have been available with the three-pedal option. That’s why we’re happy to report that, per sources at Ford, the manual option is migrating this spring to the top-shelf Focus Titanium trim level.

Currently, the five-speed manual is only available on the base Focus S sedan and the mid-level SE sedan and hatch. The upmarket SEL and Titanium trims have been automatic-only, leaving enthusiasts seeking a Focus with all the trimmings out in the cold. (The SEL will remain automatic-only, and the turbocharged Focus ST will ship exclusively with a six-speed manual when it goes on sale later this year.) Regardless of transmission choice, the Titanium package includes MyFord Touch, front sport buckets, and 17-inch wheels as standard. An available handling package bundles a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels with summer tires.

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Nice to see they are listening to the customers, I wonder how the take rate will go on it.
 
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