Focus ST joins Civic Type-R in being axed due to falling foul of Euro 5 regulations
20 August 2010

The Ford Focus ST has become the latest hot hatch to be axed due to Europe’s tightening emissions standards.

The 2.5-litre turbo five-pot in Ford Focus ST has joined the 2.0-litre unit from Honda’s Civic Type R in falling short of the Euro 5 standard, which becomes a mandatory minimum for new cars next January.

The ST’s four-cylinder successor is likely to make its debut at October’s Paris show.

UK production of the Honda Civic Type R will end in October because Honda has decided to remove it from UK price lists rather than make the necessary engine changes. More than 12,000 Civic Type R units have been sold in the UK since January 2007.

Sales of the Civic Type R will carry on in the UK until December and It will continue to be sold outside of the EU for much of next year, although a new generation has yet to be confirmed.

Other Euro 5 victims include the 3.2 V6 in the Alfa Brera, the Mazda RX-8 and the VW Group’s 5.0 V10 turbodiesel.

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20 August 2010

[quote Autocar]The ST’s four-cylinder successor is likely [/quote]

...to be just as good and just as quick, as is the Honda's. It's only a matter of time. It's not as if they're going to give up on making quick cars, is it?

20 August 2010

I hate the EU. Fun Killers.

20 August 2010

[quote fhp11]I hate the EU. Fun Killers.[/quote]

i dont understand why you think that.

the new car will be better for our health and quicker, lighter, better handling, performance etc. is that less fun?

20 August 2010

[quote beachland2]the new car will be better for our health and quicker, lighter, better handling, performance etc. is that less fun?[/quote]

completely agree, in a way the EU legistlations have actually given us better cars, the key to the future of peformance cars is light weight.

Alloy, carbon and even titanium are getting cheaper and im sure its a matter of time before we start to see these materials on the peformance hatches.

By the way ive just heard the Astra VXR has been axed too..... every cloud......!

20 August 2010

[quote beachland2]the new car will be better for our health and quicker, lighter, better handling, performance etc. is that less fun?[/quote]

I'm looking at the Fiesta for my mum. While the new car looks superb, it's much slower than the older car.

So I've had a look why, and I think it's because of the gear box has been adjusted to make all the gears longer. This is a trick that's used to make a car more "efficient" but the cost is performance. So you then end up having to look at a bigger engined car. Where does that help the environment?

20 August 2010

[quote MHanna]to be just as good and just as quick, as is the Honda's. It's only a matter of time. It's not as if they're going to give up on making quick cars, is it?[/quote]

No, but it's a sad day when Alfa's 3.2 V6 engine is on the way out. V6 to small capacity engine with turbo - lots and lots of character to efficient and a bit dull in comparison.

20 August 2010

[quote beachland2]

the new car will be better for our health and quicker, lighter, better handling, performance etc. is that less fun?

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The new car will be a turbo charged 4 cylinder no doubt, which will sound rubbish!

20 August 2010

[quote beachland2]the new car will be better for our health and quicker, lighter, better handling, performance etc. is that less fun?[/quote]

Car design has adjusted to legislation over the years. why do you think cars are so heavy now compared to 15 years ago? Light weight is good, agreed, but do you think the next generation of cars will be as light as those of 15 years ago? And has already been said, we will end up with small charicterless turbo'd engines instead of the bigger multi cylinder units that went before.

Surely you cant think its agood thing that there are no longer 6 pot Mondeos, golfs, etc, shortly there wont be a 5 pot focus.

The EU is a pian, and a fun killer. If we end up with cars that are still fun to drive it wont be because of the EU, it will be despite them.

20 August 2010

The EU isn't banning all engines bigger than 4 pots, just those which haven't been designed to run with Euro 5 emmission requirements. For example, do you see any AMG or BMW M-Series' engines on the list of 'banned' engines?

On the topic of why you don't see 6 pot Mondeos or similar cars any more is because no paying punter wanted to buy the cars when new so the companies just stopped producing them. If they had been popular then they would probably still be produced

lrh

20 August 2010

Polluting less is fair enough but there should be exemptions for low volume cars/engines. Developing an engine to meet these rules now costs an astronomical sum and can only be justified if it sells tens of thousands a year. Only good news is the regulations for petrol engines have gone about as far as possible and Euro6 won't be any tougher than Euro5.

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