In order to get this discussion back on topic, here are the measurements, in inches, of 2011 Fiesta and 2012 Focus released by Ford thus far. First, the 5-door comparison:
The wheelbase to length numbers tell the story as to why the Focus sedan looks so proportional yet the Fiesta seems to have a huge rear end. The Focus sedan has a 6" larger wheelbase but is only 5" longer than its Fiesta counterpart. On the other hand, the Focus hatch is wagon-like measuring only 0.1" shorter than the sedan.
Finally, I put at least most of my thoughts together from the NAIAS on my blog (Link
). I'll warn you that it's quite a long post where I ultimately conclude the Focus has moved above the Fiesta to the top of my personal list for next car to buy. As I said in my previous post in this thread, several factors are impossible to know at this stage which could further influence me.
I expect a minimum of $3,000 premium for a top line Focus over the top Fiesta, maybe as much as $5k with the MyFord Touch being an unknown. That should keep a top line Focus around $25,000. Performance models of either could sway me or price me out of consideration though I'd love to see both models have at least a Sport model offered.
Of note, nothing about any EU to US changes have influenced me to go from Fiesta to Focus. Color choice may additionally favor the Focus as it seems likely to be offered in darker, more subtle hues than the bright Fiesta.