They designed the 480 with the US in mind. It had those weird side reflectors that are mandatory in the US, but which you do not see in Europe. In the red one above you see the reflector at the back of the car, just in front of the tail light.
Honestly? I would call those minivans.
One of my neighbors has one, parked close to my Peugeot 205. That Fiat is absolutely giant in comparison, yet seats the same amount of people. Which is weird, as the Freemont replaced the Ulysse, which did seat 7 and was probably the better vehicle.
The first thing I thought about were silver (or close to silver) tall Toyotas, as they uniquely driven by people who cannot drive. Too slow, they cannot merge properly, don’t use their mirrors when they overtake and tend to be left lane hogs. Almost always driven by someone over the age of ~55, and if not they are…
This sounds more like mechanic incompetence to me. Weren’t these super simple and conventional and thus easy to fix? 3 head gaskets in 1 years is a sign of a bad mechanic.
But you can have it. Just move out of freedomland and you will suddenly experience the freedom to buy one! Even Canada will do nowadays, as the Megane in your picture just turned 15.
I would argue they are (tall and overweight) hatchbacks, not wagons. En profile they have the classic hatchback silhouette, not the longer and sleeker wagon look.
It seems like you had a great day! One of the perks of living next door to a track, I guess.
Strange. In Europe, without the UAW and without the ‘domestic’ label on the Fords, the Focus (the normal non-ST one) was a best seller and was also loved by the press. The Corolla/Auris was seen as a noncompetitive also-ran and didn’t sell even close to Focus numbers. The Civic had even worse sales numbers, but unlike…
I live just south of Munich, Germany. What you see in that picture is the Hahntennjoch (pass) in Austria, which is... a 2 hour drive south from me.
Directly around me it’s flat and overpopulated. However, if I drive 1+ hour south it suddenly becomes very interesting!
Are there markets where they sell both the proper ST cars and the tall fatbacks?
Base price of the Focus ST in Germany is €33k. With 19% VAT removed, 2.5% import duties added and converted to USD that’s about $31.5k USD. What did the old one sell for?
Based on the plate the blue one was first registered in 1987, late summer probably.
Now it’s just like every other corporate car website out there.
Still very active in the euro whatsapp chat.
Meanwhile, in Europe. Either just pump that gasoline or diesel in your desired grade and pay at the counter (no screen whatsoever), or with other pumps like the one in the picture: pay in the little black box thing in the middle and select grade by physically removing the nozzle from where it's mounted.
In a strong democracy you welcome in even the harshest of critics. Especially democratically elected officials from friendly nations. You might strongly oppose their point of view, but in a democracy that is okay and it is something you can talk about.
In Europe it was simply sold as a Civic. I’ve found you some old press photos.