FORD 2004 FOCUS ESCORTS 2005 PROTOTYPE DOWN LINE.
A 2004 Ford Focus (front, R) escorts a 2005 Focus prototype (back, L)
down the "Customer Acceptance Line" at Ford Motor Company's Wayne
Assembly Plant December 4, 2003 after Ford unveiled the 2005 Focus in
Wayne, Michigan. Ford said it would spend $240 million to consolidate
North American production of its Ford Focus car in Michigan,
transferring work from a Mexican plant. The $240 million will be spent
over the next four years, as Ford adds on to its Wayne, Michigan, plant
that already builds Focus sedans and wagons in order to build the Focus
hatchbacks currently assembled in Hermosillo. After a rough launch in
1999, Ford has recently begun touting the compact Focus again, saying
its quality problems have been fixed, as evidenced by Consumer Reports
giving the Focus a "recommended" rating this year.