American Cars With European Flair: Ford Leads Market

By Posted 13 Jan 2011, 10:26

In the past when you have been asked your opinion on American cars, there are two things that come to mind, not great styling and poor fuel economy. However, things have been slowly changing for the better, and instead of looking to Asia, the U.S has now started to follow the European way of car styling by giving their vehicles flair.

James R. Healey from USA Today made a valid point when he said, “Europe is five years” ahead when it comes to most aspects of a vehicle. What he means by this is not putting an emphasis on big powerful engines, but rather how a car looks and offering greater fuel-efficiency. The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is proof of that.

One auto company leading the way is Ford, they have certainly taken the fight to their rivals by offering U.S. drivers what the Europeans have had for some time. Two cars that come to mind is the Fiesta and the Focus; yes the latter has been available to the U.S. for some time, but the design was very different to the European version.

All that has changed now, as the current U.S. spec Fiesta has the same look and feel of the one that those in the UK have been driving, and the new Focus will be released in North America and Europe at the same time, which is a first. Other American carmakers have slowly started to do the same, but it is only GM who is able to use their European franchise for design flairs, as they still own Opel and Vauxhall.

Do you prefer European styling over U.S.?