DETROIT -- Although Ford Motor Co. wants to develop more cars and trucks from global platforms, it's making an exception for the next-generation Ford Focus.
When a re-engineered Focus is introduced to the US in 2007, it will not share mechanicals with the C1 version of the Focus sold in Europe.
Instead, Ford will save money by keeping the US version on its current C170 platform, suppliers say.
The Mazda3, European Focus, Focus C-Max medium minivan, and Volvo S40 and V50 all ride on the new platform, called C1.
Ford is sticking with a C170-based Focus in the US because of the higher cost of C1 parts and the risk of quality problems with a new platform.
Europe can support a higher-cost small-car platform. But in North America, the Focus is an entry-level car with much smaller profit margins.