Ford Inc. has officially announced that the Focus RS will no longer be produced by the company. In fact this year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort, a heritage edition will be released, with only 50 being produced.
The Focus replaced the Escort line back in 1998 in a bid to revive declining sales, and the RS sports line was carried onto the Focus line up till this year.
Sales of the Ford Focus fell 6.2% last year with more people opting to buy larger vehicles and pickups. In fact production of the Ford Focus in Michigan will seize, with operations moving to China. The Michigan factory will now be building the Ford Ranger and Bronco SUV.
The sudden shift in consumer purchase patterns has killed one the most popular and loved hot hatches, and it seems like more popular icons will be taking the inevitable dive.